Charles Hayward, he of This Heat and This is No This Heat and such, performs with his Monkey Puzzle Trio this Sunday evening, Sunday June 10th, it happens at the Servant Jazz Quarters over in Dalston, London N16, the Trio are joined on the bill by Valve….
Servant Jazz Quarters is at 10A Bradbury Street, Dalston, London, N16 8JN
MONKEY PUZZLE TRIO – “Walking a tightrope between song, improvisation and sound-as-sound, Monkey Puzzle Trio is an ongoing project which features drummer Charles Hayward [This Heat, About Group, Massacre], bassist Nick Doyne-Ditmas [Pinski Zoo, Crackle] and the words, voice and textures of musician and sound artist Viv Corringham. Their music is driven by the restless energy, invention and power of Hayward’s drumming underpinned by the languid and exploratory double bass playing of Doyne-Ditmas, to which Corringham adds, with the aid of a loop pedal, her unique collage of words and sounds…. Together they create a distinctive sound world, both exhilarating and immersive, which relies on the sensitivity and experience of all three musicians, obsessed with song as an ideal, adept and fast thinking improvisers. The results are astounding”.
VÄLVĒ – “The outlet for composer/performer Chlöe Herington’s compositional work using text and image as the starting point for scores. She collects sounds and diagrams, composing predominantly for bassoon, saxes, electronics and found sounds to explore synaesthetic memory and collective experience. The band has been morphing – from what originated as a solo project, performing mainly in art galleries, it grew to include Elen Evans on harp. After moving from from galleries back into music venues, they were recently joined by Chlöe’s Chrome Hoof comrade, Emma Sullivan on bass, microkorg and vocals. VÄLVĒ are now three! Live, the music traverses the realms of noise and improv into songs, punctuated with found sounds and eases into spacey soundscapes”.
“It seems then that with V Ä L V Ē, Chlöe Herington wants to create a lingering series of moments and movements that will sit differently with everyone who encounters them. These sounds aren’t designed to sit on top of memories or prop them up but rather they are precisely shaped to weave through the mind like blood through a capillary. A vital cog in the mechanics of many an ensemble over the years, Herington and company’s V Ä L V Ē is a complex machine that is now almost ready to crash into our lives. Best ready our senses then.” – Eoin Murray (The Quietus)