Improvisor is a podcast examining the lives of experimental musicians and sound artists in London. Through monthly conversations with artists from the thriving UK improvisation scene, this podcast explores the lives and creative practices of many of its performers.
I am fascinated to find out how artists came to be part of the improvisation scene, how they find their creative inspiration and what they see as being the future of improvised and experimental music.
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The Podcast – Episode 1
This is a conversation with Richard Sanderson who is an improvising musician based in London, he has recorded with the groups Ticklish, Minnow, Lost Robots and in duos with Mark Spybey and Steve Beresford and The Horse Trio. He has recorded for several labels including Grob, Textile and Duophonic. He has performed at festivals of experimental music throughout Europe. Richard has performed regularly at The Horse Music Club in London. He is the curator of Linear Obsessional Recordings.
I talked to Richard about how he began to play his instrument, his inspirations, collaborations and his experiences of the experimental music scene in London.
The Podcast – Episode 2
This is a conversation with Caroline Kraabel who grew up in Seattle USA, and came to London as a teenager. She discovered saxophone and expressed her love for it via indie music and street performance.
I talked to Caroline about how she began to play her instrument, her inspirations, collaborations and her experiences of the experimental music scene in London and we listen to some of her music.
The Podcast – Episode 3
This is a conversation with Adam Bohman who has been operating on the outer fringes of underground music for decades. Working with home-built instruments, found objects, tape cut-ups, collages, ink drawings and graphic scores. Favouring acoustic sounds over electronics, he explores the minute tendrils of sounds coaxed from any number of non-musical instruments and objects.
The Podcast – Episode 4
To mark the occasion of his 60th birthday – Improvisor releases a podcast talking to Adrian Northover, an inimitable presence on the improvised and experimental music scene in London UK for many years and in my view, an effortless master of the saxophone.
We talk about his many collaborations and experiences and discuss the function of playing improvised music live- the collaboration & interaction between players and ‘providing the meat and grist for the audience…. either successfully or unsuccessfully’
Improvised music has become ‘more acceptable and less weird…’……people in the past would say it ‘was just noise’ not music…..it was ‘really out there in terms of public awareness… now you can do anything and it is not so outrageous’….. ‘it has moved more centre stage…’