Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...


Ideas Of Noise 2018

Martin Longley By

Sign in to view read count
The Sunday programme was lighter, and this people's penner had to dash off to Bilston at the 11th hour, to catch The Muffin Men, a group dedicated to the repertoire of Frank Zappa. Thus missing saxophonist Xhosa Cole, presenting a new work for flute and string quartet. Earlier on, though, there was another highlight set from the Post-Paradise folks (who operate a concert series in Birmingham), featuring a pair of electric guitars, laid flat, and subject to various manipulation techniques. Sitting close to an amplifier, it was loud. In fact it would have also been quite powerful for those who were positioned further away. Glenn Branca would be the unavoidable antecedent. Maya Verlaak and Richard Stenton set about strumming up ringing lattices, using vibrators or bows to tease sensitivities out of their clip-prepared strings, percussive and vibrational.

This first Ideas Of Noise weekender was a great success, making 'experimental' sounds in a homely, collective environment, embracing many diverse ways of winkling out so-called noise, tactics gleaned from rock to free, and from traditional Afro to composed moderne, amongst other sources and routes. They already have a presence at Supersonic, so it's hoped that 2019 will bring further guest appearances in the Ideas Of Noise shed, plus, most importantly, the second edition of their own festival.

Photograph: Guri Bosh


comments powered by Disqus

Shop for Music

Start your music shopping from All About Jazz and you'll support us in the process. Learn how.

Related Articles

Live Reviews
Spring Quartet at Dalton Recital Hall
By John Ephland
May 24, 2019
Live Reviews
The Ben Paterson Trio At The Jazz Corner
By Martin McFie
May 22, 2019
Live Reviews
Charlotte Jazz Festival 2019
By Mark Sullivan
May 16, 2019
Live Reviews
Nubya Garcia at Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival 2019
By Ian Patterson
May 16, 2019
Live Reviews
Electronic Explorations in Afro-Cuban and UK Jazz
By Chris May
May 15, 2019