Art of Improvisers’

In the Art of Improvisers Group Show we are presenting the art and archives of some of the pioneers of free improvisation in London.

Online Catalogue Art of Improvisers

The exhibition will feature content by the musicians and artists:

Terry Day / artwork
Evan Parker / collages and photos
Steve Beresford / archives
George Khan / clothes
David Toop / archives
Max Eastley / sculpture
Gina Southgate / paintings

and video and film extracts from various artists.

It also features talks and workshops.


TAPS (2010)

Improvisations with Paul Burwell initiated by Anne Bean.

UNPREDICTABLE (ongoing) and  performances documentation by Blanca Regina.


 Terry Day’s techniques for playing balloons and self-made pipes.

 Material Studies with Blanca Regina and Matthias Kispert

About the artists 

STEVE BERESFORD is a composer, musician and arranger, a veteran of countless bands from the Slits, The Frank Chickens to the Melody Four. He has been a central figure in the British improvising scene for over thirty years working with the likes of Derek Bailey, Evan Parker and Han Bennink.

TERRY DAY is an improviser, multi­instrumentalist, lyricist, songwriter, visual artist and poet, a first generation pioneer improviser from the 1960s. He formed a duo with Derek Bailey (late 60s / early 70s) and was a regular member of The Continuous Music Ensemble, People Band and, later on Alterations with Toop, Beresford & Pete Cusack. Since then he has collaborated with many musical luminaries, groups, dancers, painters, poets and performed in theatre.

MAX EASTLEY is an internationally recognized artist who combines kinetic sculpture and sound into a unique art form. He is well known as a musician and has played many solo concerts and also played with numerous other musicians such as David Toop, Evan Parker, Steve Beresford, Aleks Kolkowski and Rhodri Davies.

EVAN PARKER is a British free-improvising saxophone player from the European free jazz scene.

Recording and performing prolifically with many collaborators, Parker was a pivotal figure in the development of European free jazz and free improvisation, and has pioneered or substantially expanded an array of extended techniques.

GEORGE KHAN­ also sometimes credited as Nisam Ahmed Khan ­ is an artist and multi­instrumentalist who has been part of the British music scene since the late ‘60s. He principally plays saxophones and flute and is a long time member of the People Band. In the ‘70s he recorded with the Crazy World of Arthur Brown and Robert Wyatt.

GINA SOUTHGATE is an artist who, through a growing interest in music and the aesthetic of musical instruments, began to paint at gigs. She is well known on the London free music and jazz scene where she has painted and performed live at gigs for 25 years.

DAVID TOOP is a composer/musician, author and curator based in London with experience in many fields of sound art and music. He has performed with artists ranging from John Zorn, Evan Parker and Bob Cobbing to Akio Suzuki, Elaine Mitchener, Scanner and Max Eastley.

The Material Studies Group was formed in 2012 by Blanca Regina, Matthias Kispert and Andy Riley, with the mission to explore the sounds within the matter of everyday objects in playful and irreverent ways.

This is usually done in workshops that invite participants to engage in collective improvisation and afterwards discuss their experiences of the process. The project has been continued by Blanca Regina and Matthias Kispert.

BLANCA REGINA is an artist, educator and curator who focuses on live performance, music and moving image. She works in free improvisation, solo and collectively. She has worked with Matthias Kispert, Leafcutter John, Steve Beresford, Terry Day, John White & Sharon Gal among others.

MATTHIAS KISPERT  is an artist and composer working in London. His work encompasses sound, video, audio-visual live performance, improvisation, installation and interventions in public space, and he is a member of media art collective D-Fuse. He has collaborated with artists and musicians including Quayola, Bart Hess, Max Hattler, Blanca Regina, and he is a lecturer in Sound Art at the University of Arts London.

Previous exhibition was in Cafe Oto Project Space 7th until 17th May 2015


  • Round Table and Q&A at Project Space Cafe Oto.

          ‘A timeline with diverse viewpoints, and overview of free improvisation and artists involved 60s up to today.’                                        Speakers: Terry Day, Evan, Steve Beresford. Drawing the timeline: Gina Southgate and Blanca Regina

  • Workshop at Project Space Cafe Oto – Material Studies with Matthias Kispert and Blanca Regina.
  • Workshop- Terry Day’s techniques for playing balloons and self-made pipes.

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