June 5th, 2013 | Published in Blog
LE QUAN NINH | ATTERCLYDE SNARK MCHUGH | VESTERGAARD, LASH & DAHL
Café Kino | 108 Stokes Croft | Bristol | BS1 3RU
Tuesday 18th June 2013 | £5
Le Quan Ninh is a French percussionist and improviser who has straddled the line between improvisation and classical performance, releasing on improv giants like FMP and Erstwhile as well as performing pieces by Xenakis, Messian, Bartok and Cage. His solo performances are intense and singularly focused, drawing equally from the worlds of improv and the noisier corners of modern composition. Working with a bass drum, various percussion instruments and objects Ninh unfolds dramatic narratives that meld the timbral sensitivity of electroacoustic improv with the rhythmic propulsion and engaging physicality of free jazz.
Atterclyde Snark Mchugh is of the many names of this anagramatic, name shifting electronics trio consisting of Martin Hackett (synths), David Grundy (laptop) and Stuart Chalmers (tapes). Badly behaved improvisation taking in plunderphonic cut ups, found sounds, synth blurps and a general taste for disruption that belies the skill and sensitivity on show.
Vestergaard, Lash & Dahl are regular playing partners Daniel Dahl (sax) and Anders Vestergaard (drums) from Denmark, joined by double bassist Dominic Lash. Quiet, melancholy soundscapes, prone to flower into melody or explosive bursts of energy.
Danielle Dahl is a Norwegian saxophone player and composer living in Denmark. She has toured Europe, Australia and the US, both with her own projects and in different ad hoc-coallisions. Danielle is interested in the extremes of sonic variations possible on the acoustic saxophone, combining subtle and minimal means of expression with the aesthetics of noise and freejazz.
Exploration of sound and texture is central in the way Anders Vestergaard approaches the drums, no matter if he’s playing silent impro, indie rock or modern free jazz. He always works with an intense focus and a clear direction in his playing, and he has an energetic presence in the music.
Dominic Lash is a freely improvising double bassist, although his activities also range much more widely. He has performed with musicians such as Tony Conrad (in duo and quartet formations), Joe Morris (trio and quartet), Evan Parker (duo, quartet and large ensemble) and the late Steve Reid. His current projects include The Dominic Lash Quartet, The Set Ensemble (an experimental music group focused on the work of the Wandelweiser collective), The Convergence Quartet, a trio with John Butcher and John Russell and a duo with Patrick Farmer.