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Apartment House play Feldman

November 9, 2013

Purcell Room, South Bank Centre, London. 8th November 2013 A few brief words then on the performance of Morton Feldman’s Patterns in a Chromatic Field by a stripped down...

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Variable Formations. Café Oto, February 16th 2013

February 18, 2013

I guess it was always inevitable that Saturday night’s concert at Café Oto would produce exceptionally beautiful music. The six musicians that curator Simon Reynell brought together were each...

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Murmuration at Café Oto. 13th October 2012

October 15, 2012

I think I was one of the few who actually didn’t think that last night’s monumental affair of a concert organised by Simon Reynell in London was likely to...

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Stephen Cornford, Patrick Farmer, Lee Patterson at V22

July 24, 2012

So, right, what is there to say about yesterday afternoon’s concert at the old Peek Freans biscuit factory in London beyond mere description of the event? Its difficult to...

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Eddie Prévost”s 70th Birthday Concert

July 17, 2012

OK, so some kind of round up of the weekend’s musical events is in order, but really, having taken in I think a total of seventeen different pieces of...

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A night in an old biscuit factory

June 26, 2012

So last night’s concert at V22 organised by Simon Reynell’s Another Timbre label then. The evening took place in the cavernous, natural echo chamber that is the old Peak...

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Freedom of the City 2012

May 8, 2012

It has been good to relax a little today after four days of hectic concert going. I have spent today resting, trying to shift a headache and cooking some...

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Seijiro Murayama, Sarah Hughes et al in Oxford

May 4, 2012

So this evening Julie and I attended a concert in Oxford, held at the Albion Beatnik Bookshop. I had a small part to play in the organisation and promotion...

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Gold Mines at Kings Place

May 2, 2012

So some thoughts about the concert I attended last night at the Kings Place venue in London. As I write this I am very tired, and so my apologies...

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John Tilbury, Marcus Schmickler et al at Café Oto

April 13, 2012

So last night’s gig then. Despite the future of Café Oto looking very rosy indeed, and with a nice bunch of concerts in the city on the immediate horizon,...

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Audiograft 2012 Day 4

March 4, 2012

Tonight was the last night of the Audiograft festival then, and four sets of music performed downstairs in the sold out basement of Oxford’s Museum of Modern Art to...

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Audiograft 2012 Day 2

March 3, 2012

Exhausted tonight, despite being on holiday. Since getting home at about 7PM this evening I have been working hard to finish off the reviews I have written for The...

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Audiograft 2012 Day 1

March 1, 2012

Today was very enjoyable. It was good to spend the day in fine company. I attended, and got in the way during the set-up of, a performance of John...

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Saturday 18th February

February 19, 2012

Today I made a visit to London, for the first time in what feels like ages but probably isn’t, and went to a concert at Café Oto tonight, which...

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Monday 6th February

February 7, 2012

So, I am home this evening after three days of absorbing music. It salt, and I am very tired, and actually in quite a bit of pain as my...

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Sunday 27th November

November 28, 2011

It just occurred to me that I forgot to write a few words yesterday about the concert I went to see on Friday evening. As I have spent today...

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Thursday 24th November

November 25, 2011

OK, so tonight a rather lovely piece of writing from Simon Reynell, a few candid, amusing and extremely thoughtful observations on attending concerts of live music. Simon has been...

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Tuesday 8th November

November 9, 2011

So to the Sunday’s performances at the Grundelweiser festival. I really liked the way that the day was programmed, with five sets performed overall, in three batches with an...

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Monday 7th November

November 8, 2011

So, some thoughts about Friday and Saturdays of concerts then, with a write-up of the five performances on Sunday tomorrow. Covering all in one night is too much and...

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Thursday 3rd November

November 4, 2011

On the train home from London again then. Last night I attempted some kind of reportage review of the evening’s music, but was just too tired to write properly,...

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Wednesday 2nd November

November 3, 2011

So tonight I made it along or the first, preliminary night of the Cut ‘n Splice – Grundelweiser group of events in London. Despite being up at 4AM this...

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Sunday 2nd October

October 2, 2011

OK, well its nearing midnight, and in about an hour I have to go and drive my parents to Gatwick Airport, so I have this small window to write...

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Friday 30th September

September 30, 2011

So on what was apparently the hottest September 30th for a hundred years, I sat in Christchurch Meadow, Oxford for four hours this afternoon, listening, both to the sounds...

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Sunday 11th September

September 12, 2011

So, yesterdays events then… Around midday I set off for Kent, and to be precise a fold of beech trees deep in a forest, near a town I’ve never...

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Thursday 1st September

September 1, 2011

So last night’s concert then. Gigs down in Brighton often struggle to draw much of a crowd, and last night’s show had the added problems of being on a...

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Thursday 23rd June

June 24, 2011

Veeerrry late here tonight writing this after the evening flew by with Julie, but I promised to write about last night’s show somehow, so I will briefly try. Keith...

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Sunday 19th June

June 19, 2011

So the eagle-eyed amongst you may have noticed that things look a little different here again as today I managed to get the new design launched here following the...

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Saturday 11th June

June 12, 2011

Anyway, the concert yesterday took place in St Margaret's Church in Whalley Range, Manchester, a slightly odd, quite disconcerting, still-actrive church in one of the less salubrious parts of...

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Saturday 28th May

May 28, 2011

So last night's concert then. Obviously because I had a hand in the organisation of this one I don't think I can really write anything that objective about the...

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Wednesday 18th May

May 19, 2011

So a briefish write up of the seventh annual i and e Festival in Dublin then that happened last weekend. I am writing a further review for The Wire,...

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Tuesday 3rd May

May 3, 2011

So following on from my words here last night, I have thought a little about what and how I should write about yesterday's final day at the Freedom of...

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Friday 1st April

April 1, 2011

So last night's Entr'acte showcase then. A packed night of music at Café Oto that went on so late I frustratingly couldn't stay for the last set of the...

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Tuesday 8th March

March 9, 2011

Day two of the As alike as trees festival was thankfully a little warmer, and the audience numbers were far higher for the afternoon session, which promised some real...

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Monday 7th March

March 8, 2011

The festival took place in a new space called The Rag Factory, which is basically an old textiles factory made up of several rooms, all in varying states of...

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John Butcher plus Alvin Lucier’s I am sitting in a room, Southampton 28.02.11

March 2, 2011

An extra post then to write up last night's concert that I drove down to Southampton to watch. Now, generally speaking, Southampton is less of a hive of avant-garde...

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Tuesday 1st March

March 1, 2011

Anyway, catching up a bit after a few hectic days concert-going, Sunday night I was back in London to attend at least some of Dominic Lash's 'leaving concert' a...

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Sunday 27th February

February 27, 2011

So a few thoughts on last night's improv concert in Shoreditch before heading back into London today to attend Dom Lash's leaving do. The concert was held in St...

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Friday 18th February

February 19, 2011

The Holywell Music Room in Oxford is said to be the oldest purpose-built music space in Europe. the sound in there is amazing, the half circle-shaped high walls behind...

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Sunday 13th February

February 14, 2011

The concert was performed by a specially convened sextet made up of Jamie Coleman, (trumpet) Henry Vaxby, (acoustic guitar and a bit of whistling) Jennifer Allum, (violin) Rebecca Dixon,...

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Sunday 23rd January

January 24, 2011

So a few words about the two nights of the Balloon and Needle event I attended at Café Oto. There were three days to the residency, but as the...