From the 1st of November 2019 to the 1st of March 2020, Unpredictable: Conversations with Improvisers will feature at SPEAK VOLUMES.

SPEAK VOLUMES is a pavilion curated by Stefano Miraglia for the Wrong Biennale:


Unpredictable: Conversations with Improvisers is a collection of videos that have grown out of deep research into the nature of Free Improvisation, its history in the UK and its international connections. The videos respond to the urgent need to investigate the genre and its rich legacy. Research and filming began in 2011 and it was directed and produced by artist, curator and educator Blanca Regina in collaboration with Steve Beresford and Pierre Bouvier Patron.

The series was commissioned by Sound and Music for the 50th anniversary of the British Music Collection.

The series focuses on twelve active performers, interviewing pioneers like Terry Day and Maggie Nicols and, from the second generation, Steve Beresford, David Toop and Peter Cusack.

Women have always been an important presence in Free Improvisation but this has not always been reflected in how the genre is seen. In this series we made a point of including more women than men, particularly women with developing careers in the field.

Many of these videos have been filmed in the context of ‘Unpredictable’ events, and others have followed the artists into key London venues like Cafe OTO and IKLECTIK. These are two of the most important venues in the UK for freely improvised music – a genre that sprang to life in the mid ‘60s, has always had a strong community in London, but is often not fully acknowledged.  

Release dates at the British Music Collection. Released 25/10/17 Steve Beresford 25/11/17 Maggie Nicols 5/01/18 Peter Cusack 25/1/18 Terry Day 15/2/18 Blanca Regina 25/3/18 David Toop 25/4/18 Sharon Gal 25/5/18 Mandhira de Saram 25/6/18 Rie Nakajima 25/7/18 Satoko Fukuda 25/9/18 Sue Lynch 05/10/18 Andie Brown

Directed and produced by Blanca Regina Advisor: Steve Beresford Camera and editors: Pierre Bouvier Patron & Blanca Regina Sound: Blanca Regina Photographies by Tomi Osuna, Nadjib Le Fleurier, Jak Kilby and Pierre Bouvier Patron

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