Unpredictable at The Vortex 2021/22 presents experimental music, free improvisation, and art sessions.Every season we will present an unpredictable lineup! 

POSTPONED >>> The lineup for the winter session is postponed 

Steve Beresford + Alex Ward – Piano, objects, and clarinet
Blanca Regina + Peter Cusack – Voice, objects, electronics, guitar & field recordings
Sam Andreae – Saxophone

Second Show 9pm

Steve Beresford + Mandhira de Saram – Piano + Violin
Blanca Regina + Peter Cusack – Voice, objects, electronics, guitar & field recordings
Sam Andreae + Alex Ward – Saxophone + guitar/clarinet

Two shows in an evening with different ticket links for each one.

Mandhira de Saram loves music and enjoys playing and being creative in a variety of styles from classical chamber music, film soundtracks, experimental collaborations, and improvisation. She is the founder and leader of the Ligeti Quartet, one of the foremost contemporary music ensembles, and is also a member of the Riot Ensemble, alongside improvising duos with Steve Beresford, Luigi Marino, and Benoît Delbecq (with whom she recently released an album, Spinneret). 

Steve Beresford has been a central figure in the British and international spontaneous music scenes for over forty years, freely improvising on the piano, electronics, and other things with people like Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Han Bennink, John Zorn, and Alterations (with David Toop, Terry Day and Peter Cusack).

He has written songs, written for large and small ensembles, and scored short films, feature films, TV shows, and commercials. He was part of the editorial teams of Musics and Collusion magazines, writes about music in various contexts, and was a senior lecturer in music at the University of Westminster. With Blanca Regina, he is part of Unpredictable Series, which produces events and sound and video recordings of experimental music and art. 

Steve has worked with Christian Marclay on numerous Marclay mixed media pieces. He has also worked with The Slits, Najma Akhtar, Stewart Lee, Ivor Cutler, Prince Far-I, Alan Hacker, Tania Chen, Ray Davies, Mandhira De Saram, The Flying Lizards, Zeena Parkins, Satoko Fukuda, The Portsmouth Sinfonia, Ilan Volkov, Rachel Musson, Vic Reeves, Sarah Gail Brand, Lore Lixenberg and many others. 

Beresford has an extensive discography as performer, arranger, free-improviser, composer, and producer, and was awarded a Paul Hamlyn award for composers in 2012.

Blanca Regina is an interdisciplinary artist that creates sound works with voice, toys and electronics, audiovisual installations, visual art, and films. In her last releases, ‘What Blue’, a duo with Steve Beresford (2020), and ‘Duets with Blanca Regina, Spontaneous Music’ (2018) she uses voice, electronics, and various instruments.

She has created music and films with artists, including Peter Cusack, John Butcher, Leafcutter John, Matt Black (Coldcut), Hyelim Kim, Jack Goldstein, David Toop, Sharon Gal, Karel Doing, and Matthias Kispert. Blanca is also an independent curator and tutor and has produced events and workshops internationally.

Co-founder of Unpredictable Series, she is completing a documentary film about the free improviser and artist Terry Day. Her work has been supported by Arts Council England, Sound & Music, BMC, Amexcid, Photo-España, and Garage Cube. 

Peter Cusack is a field recordist, musician, and sound artist with a long interest in the sound environment. He is currently based in Berlin. He initiated the ‘Favourite Sounds Project’ to discover what people find positive about their everyday sound environment and ‘Sounds From Dangerous Places’ (sonic journalism) that investigates sites of major environmental damage such as the Caspian Sea oil fields and the Chernobyl exclusion zone. He produced ‘Vermilion Sounds’ – the environmental sound program – for ResonanceFM Radio and is a research fellow at the London College of Communication. As DAAD artist-in-residence in Berlin 2011/12, he initiated ‘Berlin Sonic Places’, examining relationships between soundscapes and urban development. Musical collaborators include Kahondo Style, Clive Bell, Nic Collins, and Viv Corringham.

Alex Ward is a composer, improviser, and performing musician living in London. His work over the last 30-plus years has encompassed free improvisation with the likes of Derek Bailey, Lol Coxhill, John Edwards, and Steve Noble; leading his own ensembles such as the Alex Ward Quintet, Item 4, Predicate and Forebrace; collaborative projects Camp Blackfoot, Dead Days Beyond Help (with Jem Doulton), Noonward (with Sean Noonan) and his duo with Dominic Lash; and diverse sideman work including tenure with This Is Not This Heat, The Flying Luttenbachers, the Duck Baker Trio/Quartet and Eugene Chadbourne’s Hellington Country. His primary instruments throughout this activity have been clarinet and guitar; but he has also performed on a variety of other instruments, and his multi-instrumental leanings were employed to their fullest capacity on his 2021 solo album “Gated”, his most ambitious and wide-ranging work to date.

 

Sam Andreae has been active across Europe over the last decade as a saxophonist, composer, and organiser. Through improvisation and composition, he explores music of colliding sound gestures and aural detritus, built up from an intentionally fractured instrumental language and playful spontaneity. His compositions place a focus on gestural processes which in their unraveling reveal a trail of sound artifacts to be picked through. “what Sam Andreae does is liminal music, he shows you the clicks, the noises, the breaths, the rattle and hum” – John Doran, Quietus, 2017 on BBC 3 Late Junction  

October 2021 Edition

Steve Beresford + Blanca Regina
Beibei Wang + John Butcher
Charlotte Keefe + Sam Eastmond
Visuals by Pierre Bouvier Patron

John Butcher

John Butcher

Saxophones


John Butcher
is well known as a saxophonist who attempts to engage with the uniqueness of time and place. His music ranges through improvisation, his own compositions, multitracked pieces, and explorations with feedback and extreme acoustics. His “Resonant Spaces” CD is a collection of site-specific performances recorded during a tour of unusual locations in Scotland and the Orkney Islands.

Since the early 80s, he has collaborated with hundreds of artists – including Derek Bailey, Eddie Prévost, Spontaneous Music Ensemble, Steve Beresford, Okkyung Lee, John Russell, Christian Marclay, and Matthew Shipp. Additionally, he values occasional encounters – from the WDR Sinfonieorchester and EX Orkest to duos with Akio Suzuki, Keiji Haino, David Toop, Sophie Agnel, Fred Frith, and Joe McPhee. Recent compositions include “Penny Wands” for Futurist Intonarumori, two HCMF commissions, “Good Liquor…” for the London Sinfonietta, and “Tarab Cuts” (shortlisted for a British Composer’s Award

www.johnbutcher.org.uk

Charlotte Keeffe

Charlotte Keeffe

Trumpet

 

Charlotte Keeffe’s passion for free improvisation, jazz, and experimental music-making sees her performing regularly as a soloist and as part of a variety of different ensembles, including her own Quartet; Charlotte Keeffe(‘s) Quartet is currently touring the UK celebrating the recent release of her debut album, Right Here, Right Now – June 2021, Discus Music.

Charlotte is a member of several collaborations; the London Improvisers Orchestra, Moss Freed’s Union Division, and Calum Gourlay’s Big Band. She plays regularly with Alex Ward, Otto Willberg, and Andrew Lisle, in Andrew’s trio and Alex’s Item 4 and 10. She is also part of Birmingham-based Andrew Woodhead’s Pendulums and plays alongside jazz stalwart Annie Whitehead in Ben Higham’s The Brass Monkeys and with jazz stars Jay Phelps and Rosie Turton in Dan Samsa’s Contours. Alya Al-Sultani’s upcoming opera, Two Sisters, sees Charlotte playing alongside the likes of Alice Zawadzki, Robert Mitchell, and Dave Kane.

charlottekeeffe.com

Steve Beresford

Steve Beresford

Piano and objects

Steve Beresford has been a central figure in the British and international spontaneous music scenes for over forty years, freely improvising on the piano, electronics, and other things with people like Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Han Bennink, John Zorn, and Alterations (with David Toop, Terry Day and Peter Cusack).

He has written songs, written for large and small ensembles, and scored short films, feature films, TV shows, and commercials. He was part of the editorial teams of Musics and Collusion magazines, writes about music in various contexts, and was a senior lecturer in music at the University of Westminster. With Blanca Regina, he is part of Unpredictable Series, which produces events and sound and video recordings of experimental music and art. 

Steve has worked with Christian Marclay on numerous Marclay mixed media pieces. He has also worked with The Slits, Najma Akhtar, Stewart Lee, Ivor Cutler, Prince Far-I, Alan Hacker, Tania Chen, Ray Davies, Mandhira De Saram, The Flying Lizards, Zeena Parkins, Satoko Fukuda, The Portsmouth Sinfonia, Ilan Volkov, Rachel Musson, Vic Reeves, Sarah Gail Brand, Lore Lixenberg and many others. 

Beresford has an extensive discography as performer, arranger, free-improviser, composer, and producer, and was awarded a Paul Hamlyn award for composers in 2012.

Beibei Wang

Beibei Wang

Percussion

Genre-defying percussionist Beibei Wang is an acclaimed international virtuoso percussionist with both a Chinese and British musical education background. Beibei has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the classical music world, receiving international praise for her performances. She was listed in the top 50 Chinese musicians in the “Sound of East” project by the Chinese Ministry of Culture, as well as endorsed by the Arts Council, England receiving an Exceptional Talent visa from the British Government. Following a successful world tour, Beibei now leads a traditional Chinese percussion programme at SOAS, University of London. In 2020, Beibei was named Associate of the Royal Academy of Music. Most recently Beibei was appointed as percussion professor of the Crossover Studies Faculty at London Performing Academy of Music. 

www.beibeimusic.com

 

Sam Eastmond

Sam Eastmond

Composer-Bandleader-Trumpet Player

Sam Eastmond is a composer, arranger, bandleader, trumpet player and producer creating music incorporating a variety of genres including jazz, klezmer, cartoon, rock, surf, world, jewish and Downtown influences. Interweaving improvisation and intricately arranged composition Eastmond’s sound world transcends traditional concepts of genre boundaries.

He co-founded and leads the Spike Orchestra, a large ensemble who have recorded Four studio albums since 2014, their debut Ghetto (Spike Records), two collaborations with New York legend John Zorn as part of his Masada Book on Tzadik Label, Cerberus: The Spike Orchestra Play Masada Book Two and Binah from the forthcoming Masada Book Three series and the upcoming 2020 Spike Orchestra album.

www.sameastmond.com  /  www.SPiKEorchestra.com

Blanca Regina

Blanca Regina

Voice and objects

Blanca Regina is an interdisciplinary artist that creates sound works, audiovisual installations, visual art, and films. In her last releases, ‘What Blue’, a duo with Steve Beresford (2020), and ‘Duets with Blanca Regina, Spontaneous Music’ (2018) she uses voice, electronics, and various instruments.

She has created music and films with artists, including Peter Cusack, John Butcher, Leafcutter John, Matt Black (Coldcut), Hyelim Kim, Jack Goldstein, David Toop, Sharon Gal, Karel Doing, and Matthias Kispert. Blanca is also an independent curator and tutor and has produced events and workshops internationally.

Co-founder of Unpredictable Series, she is completing a documentary film about the free improviser and artist Terry Day. Her work has been supported by Arts Council England, Sound & Music, BMC, Amexcid, Photo-España, and Garage Cube.

Pierre Bouvier Patron

Pierre Bouvier Patron

Visual Artist

Pierre Bouvier Patron is a visual artist based in London. He is currently working with different media, such as digital video and film, exploring the boundaries between them and creating moving image works, performances, and installations. He has developed various practices and skills in experimental film, documentary films, music videos, etc.

He is involved in video screenings and video performances, solo or in collaboration, with musicians such as Syd Kemp, Steve Beresford, Neil Charles, and artist Blanca Regina, among others. His work has been shown in France, Spain, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Germany, etc.

His latest works include Unpredictable: Conversations with Improvisers, a series of 12 videos about improvisers in the UK, music videos for Ben Marc. His work also includes extensive participation with collectives such as Unpredictable Series, Strange Umbrellas, and several festivals such as Sonic Waterloo, Art of Improvisers, Alterations Festivals.

https://pierrebouvierpatron.tumblr.com/