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Roland Ramanan

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Since his first experiences playing with legendary drummer John Stevens in 1989, Ramanan has been a continuing presence on the London improvised music scene. Constantly exploring the boundaries between composition and improvisation as well as the sound possibilities of the trumpet, he has worked with Peter Brotzmann, Eddie Prevost, Evan Parker, Simon Fell, Marcio Mattos, Alex Ward and Tony Marsh. Ramanan has been a conductor and stalwart of the London Improvisers Orchestra since its inception. His latest CD “London” on Leo records features a group inspired by the experience of playing with Brotzmann’s own Chicago tentet. This Tentet comprises some of the most exciting musicians to emerge from the UK, Madrid (and beyond) free-jazz and improvised music scene

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The Hillside Mechanisms

Label: Babel Label
Released: 2013
Track listing: 01. No Knees; 02. Rampicanti; 03. Slow Burn; 04. Voiced Unvoiced; 05. Improctober; 06. Tim's Frosties; 07. At Times Their Skins Pee Off; 08. Before.

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Vole: The Hillside Mechanisms

Read "The Hillside Mechanisms" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff


Hillside Road è l'indirizzo dell'abitazione londinese del batterista spagnolo Javier Carmona (John Tchicai, John Russell, etc.). Una sorta di laboratorio musicale frequentato da numerosi musicisti tra cui il trombettista britannico Roland Ramanan (John Stevens, Peter Brotzmann, Evan Parker, etc.) e il chitarrista italiano Roberto Sassi (Cardosanto, London Improvisers Orchestra, etc.). L'empatia tra i tre musicisti è ...

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Vole: The Hillside Mechanisms

Read "The Hillside Mechanisms" reviewed by John Sharpe


Three stalwarts of the London Improvisers Orchestra come together on the debut outing of the genre-mashing Vole. When playing credits number saxophone iconoclasts Peter Brotzmann, Evan Parker and Ingrid Laubrock, bassist Simon Fell and pianist Alexander Hawkins, then energy and imagination can be almost guaranteed. What's fascinating is how they align improv with noise, heavy metal ...

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Babel Label: New Songs from the Tower of Sound

Read "Babel Label: New Songs from the Tower of Sound" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard


During the last decade, British jazz has been booming and London has become, once again, one of the jazz capitals of the world. To get a feel of what's happening, the place for live music is no longer Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, but a place called The Vortex, directed by Oliver Weindling. Weindling is also the ...

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London Improvisers Orchestra: Lio Leo Leon

Read "London Improvisers Orchestra: Lio Leo Leon" reviewed by John Eyles


London Improvisers Orchestra Lio Leo Leon Psi 2011 Each year at London's Freedom of the City (FOTC) festival of improvised music, one of the most eagerly anticipated highlights is the Sunday evening appearance of the London Improvisers Orchestra (LIO). Although the LIO meets monthly throughout the rest of the year, ...

Album

London

Label: Leo Records
Released: 2010

Album

Caesura

Label: Collectables
Released: 2006

Album

Shaken

Label: Collectables
Released: 2002


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