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Jerry Wigens


I was inspired to start playing in the late 60s/early 70s by British progressive bands such as Soft Machine and avant American jazzers and jazz rockers like Coltrane, Miles Davis and Chicago. Guitar has always been my main instrument but I have been involved in the London improvisation scene for nearly twenty years or so as a clarinetist in addition to playing guitar and mandolin. I worked my way through various bands in the 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s and now enjoy a varied and diverse range of musical activities from the free-jazz explorations of the band Glowering Figs (with Ivor Kallin (bass/vocals) and Dave Fowler (drums) to various stable combinations of improvisers, notably a trio with violinist Sylvia Hallett and flautist/vocalist Thomas Kumlehn, Esha Jotwe Teka


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James O'Sullivan: IL Y A

Read "IL Y A" reviewed by John Eyles

It is a great pleasure to welcome the release of IL Y A by London improvising guitarist James O'Sullivan. An active member of the London improv community, including being a long-standing member of Eddie Prevost's highly influential weekly workshop, O'Sullivan released his first album in 2009. During the years 2011 to 2014, he averaged two releases ...


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Latest Releases of Aural Terrains Label

Read "Latest Releases of Aural Terrains Label" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

The British label Aural Terrains continues to explore the extreme sonic terrains of electro-acoustic spontaneous improvisations, each different in its vivid atmosphere and suggestive sounds. The label's recent pair of releases feature two distinct outfits that present the arresting results of a careful, balanced mix of acoustics and electronics. Thanos Chrysakis / Ken ...


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Workshop improvisers in action: James O’Sullivan, Tom Soloveitzik, Jerry Wigens

Read "Workshop improvisers in action: James O’Sullivan, Tom Soloveitzik, Jerry Wigens" reviewed by John Eyles

Every Friday evening since November 1999, a variable number of musicians--from six to twenty-six--has gathered together in south London for over two hours to improvise together in various combinations from duos upward. Originally convened by AMM drummer Eddie Prévost, and still led by him most weeks, this Workshop has featured hundreds of musicians since 1999 and ...


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