Hugh Shrapnel and Sarah Walker piano duet

Hugh Shrapnel sends us news that Chris Hobbs and Dave Smith aren’t the only piano duos doing their thing this week:


New pieces for piano duet performed by Sarah Walker & Hugh Shrapnel

Hugh Shrapnel: ‘Tales of the South East’: Lewisham Market – Ladywell Station – La Chasse (dedicated to the Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign).

Sarah Walker: Deioneus Inferno Sketch.

Martin Pyne: Bliss

We’ll be listening!

Hobbs on Soundcloud

Here’s a link to a soundcloud file of a concert by the Nottingham Wind Orchestra and Contempo New Music Ensemble. The first entry on the page (marked ‘Chris Hobs’) is No One May Ever Have the Same Knowledge Again, Hobbs’ setting of the book of the same name edited by Sarah Simons, and published by the amazing Los Angeles Institution, the Museum of Jurassic Technology.

We think it’s rather neat playing by the students. Let us know what you think!

Fizzling while Rome burns

Mike is deeply committed to Fizzle (and our best on your nupts!):

Hi, Just to let you know about the Fizzle special this Thursday.
I’m sure that this gig will be incredible, so sure in fact that I’m taking a day out of my own stag do just to be there!

Paul Dunmall – saxes
Paul Rogers – 7 string bass
Mark Sanders – drums/percussion

30th May at The Lamp Tavern, Barford St, B5 6AH.
9pm, £8/6

The previous gigs with a similar line up have been full so arrive early to get a good seat!


We always knew that there would be Kööks at Fizzle!

The very nice Mike Hurley sends us Fizzling with köökies:

Fizzle this Tuesday 21st May at The Lamp Tavern, Barford St, Birmingham, B5 6AH.

8:30pm, £5/3. more info at

Jørn Erik Ahlsen – guitar/Live electronics
Stian Larsen – guitar/electronics
Norwegian duo playing improvised, animated, ambient music.

Mike Hurley – piano.
Colin Webster – sax.

Don’t forget Paul Dunmall/Paul Rogers/Mark Sanders on Thursday 30th May!

Hobbs and Smith play piano four hands and piano duo music

Christopher Hobbs and Dave Smith will appear in a lecture-recital, ‘British minimalist and postminimalist music for piano duet and two pianos’, at the Institute for Musical Research conference, With Four Hands: Music for Two Pianists on Tuesday, 18 June 2013 at 3.15 pm. This will be preceded by a paper by Virginia Anderson, ‘Remorseless lambs: Piano duets in British minimalism and postminimalism’, at 2.15 pm. Included in the lecture-recital will be works by Hobbs, Smith, John White, Michael Parsons, Howard Skempton, and others, representing some of the greatest works in the British minimalist and systems repertoire. This is going to be a historic concert, uniting two of the best-known systems piano duos of the 1970s (Hobbs of the Hobbs-White Duo, Smith of the Smith-Lewis Duo), with some pieces (such as an excerpt of Hobbs’ The Remorseless Lamb) in a rare performance or the first performance since the 1970s and 80s.

The event will occur at Senate House, Chancellor’s Hall, University of London (Malet Street London WC1E 7HU), and represents one session of the conference, with Anderson’s 20 minute paper and Hobbs and Smith’s 45 minute recital.

You can see the information here:

and the entire programme here:

Two points:

1. Note that Anderson’s paper has been moved from the later time on this programme.

2. Also note that the prices for attending are for the entire day or the entire conference, so this might be financially viable for those of you with university research support. We are trying to find a venue with two matched pianos so that Hobbs and Smith can perform this as a concert (and include the whole of Remorseless Lamb). Do get in touch if you have/know about such a venue.


They’re ba-a-ack!

Fizzle with weird instruments:


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Tuesday 7th May, 2013, 8:30pm

The Lamp Tavern, Barford St, B5 6AH.
£5 (£3 Concessions)
Walt Shaw – percussion and amplified objects
Herve Perez – saxes
Matt Harling – saxes and home-built instrumentsDont forget to put Paul Dunmall/Paul Rogers/Mark Sanders gig in your diary for Thursday 30th May!
more info at


Fizzle goes German!

This looks like a zippy concert:

Fizzle this Tuesday 2nd April at The Lamp Tavern, Barford St, B5 6AH.
8:30pm. £5/3

Matthias Müller (trombone)
Frank Paul Schubert (sax)
John Edwards (double bass)
Mark Sanders (drums)

German musicians Müller and Schubert’s Foils Duo is expanded with the UK’s finest bass and drums partnership. A rare treat to see such talented and experienced players in such an intimate setting for only five quid!

Hopefully see you there,

International Fizzle performance

More from Fizzle:

A very special gig at Fizzle this Tuesday 19th March.
8:30pm at The Lamp Tavern, Barford St, B5 6AH.

Francesco Bigoni(sax)
Mike Hurley(piano)
Adam Pultz Melbye(bass)
Mark Sanders(drums)

Francesco and Adam are travelling from Denmark for this special gig. Adam, Mark and Myself enjoyed a successful tour of Denmark in 2011 and with the addition of Sax, things will be very exciting indeed. Hope to see you there!

New Hobbs No One May Have the Same Knowledge Again

If you’re in Nottingham this weekend, here’s late notice of a concert by the University of Nottingham Wind Orchestra and Contempo New Music Ensemble, on the subject of time and space. Along with Golden Oldies like the Star Wars theme and other family favourites, you’ll be able to hear Christopher Hobbs’ No One May Have the Same Knowledge Again in an entirely new, indeterminate version. Here’s the link to their Facebook announcement: .