A special Festival double-bill of improvised music in solo and duo sets. Two of Europe’s leading improvisers, saxophonist John Butcher and drummer Mark Sanders, have worked together for almost 25 years. Swiss percussionist Julian Sartorius performs solo, working with unusual, unprocessed acoustic sounds and develops, beat by beat, an unheard environment of sound.
Sartorius uses rhythms to push the boundaries of new music, hip-hop and a unique form of abstract electronica. He reveals the endless possibilities and range of his instruments and often prepares his drums. With his solo show he has toured widely throughout Europe, playing on bills with the likes of Deerhoof, Faust, Marc Ribot, Jaki Liebezeit and Arto Lindsay.
Mark Sanders and John Butcher are both bastions of the improvised music scene in the UK and increasingly recognised in Europe. They have released three albums together as well as having worked extensively with luminaries including as Wadada Leo Smith, Henry Grimes and Evan Parker.
Parabola Arts Centre is located in a Grade II listed building in the glamorous Montpellier district of Cheltenham. The centre was built as a facility for students of Cheltenham Ladies’ College and to be used as a public arts centre by the local community.
The original, listed Bayshill House was transformed into a gallery, bar and foyer area. The villa also houses all the rehearsal spaces, offices, video editing suite, dance studio and library. This means that the regular activity of the building takes place in the light, beautifully restored listed building.
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