This autumn the collaboration between Fizzle run by Andy Woodhead and TDE Promotions run by myself presents one of the best seasons of improvised music and free jazz ever seen in Birmingham. There are 14 gigs taking in all kinds of experimental music: free jazz, electronics, improvisation to silent film, British and Swedish electro-acoustic music, a residency with the Archipelago group, solo and duo performances through to large ensembles.
The programme has been supported for the third time by an Arts Council England Project Grant and we are very grateful to them for this support.
The programme takes place in three main venues: the regular Fizzle programme takes place at the Lamp Tavern, a lovely intimate pub on the edge of the Digbeth area, and this season they will run on Tuesday evenings and Sunday afternoons, both on a monthly basis. The TDE Promotions take place in the unique Hexagon Theatre at mac (Midlands Arts Centre, Cannon Hill Park) and also in the Eastside Jazz Club at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Other occasional events take place at the Artefact venue in Stirchley – the silent film improvisations – and in the BEAST studio at the Bramall Hall at the University of Birmingham for the electro-acoustic concert.
The season begins on Tuesday 17th September at the Lamp Tavern with a Fizzle double bill featuring a duo between Andy Woodhead on piano and Hannah Marshall on cello and a quartet featuring four young improvisers: Filippo Radicchi, drums, David Sear, trombone, Alex Astbury, trumpet and bass and Lee Griffiths saxophone.
This is followed by a TDE Promotion on Thursday 1st October in the Hexagon Theatre at mac featuring a piano trio Punkt Vrt Plastik that features three of the most exciting players in Europe: drummer Christian Lillinger, pianist Kaja Draksler and double bass player Petter Eldh. Tony Dudley-Evans heard the trio at Amsterdam’s Bimhuis venue a few years ago and believes that the trio is the most exciting piano trio anywhere in the world!!
The rest of the programme is:
Sunday 6th October Lamp Tavern Treppenwitz and Paul Dunmall Quartet with Phil Gibbs, James Owston and Jim Bashford
Thursday 10th October Artefact Silent film improvisations, a collaboration with Flatpack
Tuesday 15th October Lamp Tavern Toby Delius, Olie Brice, Mark Sanders plus Piera Onacko, Nathan England-Jones and Lee Griffiths
Thursday 31st October Eastside Tim Berne residency playing with student groups and in duo with Liam Noble
Sunday 3rd November Lamp Tavern Archipelago with guests, part of a short residency.
Friday 7th and Saturday 8th
November BEAST Studio Swedish and British electro-acoustic music
Tuesday 19th November Lamp Yvonne Magda, Hannah Marshall, Tina Hitchens, Caitlin Callahan + Bruce Coates, Trevor Lines, Ed Gauden
Thursday 21st November Hexagon Annie Whitehead and Rude 2.0 + Andy Woodhead solo electronics
Wednesday 27th November Eastside Paul Dunmall Quintet The Soultime Suite + Brass Section.
Thursday 5th December Hexagon Kit Downes Quartet + Steve Saunders’ Glitch
Sunday 8th December Lamp Tavern Toshimaru Nakamura + Dave Birchall, Sam Andrae Otto Willburg + a set by Birmingham Conservatoire students
Tuesday 10th December Hexagon Raymond Macdonald Gunter ‘Baby’ Sommer Duo. Saxophones + Drums