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Steve Beresford

Steve Beresford (born 1950) is a British musician. He has played a variety of instruments, including piano, trumpet, euphonium, double-bass and a wide variety of toy instruments, such as the toy piano. He has also played a wide range of music. He is probably best known for free improvisation, but has also written music for film and television and has been involved with a number of pop music groups. Beresford was born in Wellington, Shropshire in England, studied at the University of York, and stayed in York after graduating, becoming involved in theatre as well as arranging various free improvisation concerts in the city. At this early stage, he was playing a wide variety of music, playing the Hammond Organ in a soul music covers band, featuring on Trevor Wishart 's early work Journey Into Space (1973) and free improvising. In 1974, Beresford moved to London, where he played in Derek Bailey's Company events and in the groups Alterations with David Toop, Terry Day and Peter Cusack, and the Three Pullovers with Nigel Coombes and Roger Smith. He was also a member with Gavin Bryars and Brian Eno of the Portsmouth Sinfonia. Beresford has continued to play free improvisation with a number of prominent musicians, including Evan Parker, Lol Coxhill, John Zorn, Alfred Harth in the group Gestalt et Jive and Han Bennink. He has also worked with a number of popular musicians, including The Slits, Frank Chickens, Ted Milton and The Flying Lizards. During the 1970s, Beresford was a co-founder and co-editor of the magazine Musics, which dealt mainly with free improvisation, whilst during the early 1980s he helped to set up the somewhat glossier publication Collusion, which had a wider musical remit, covering fields such as rap, heavy metal, classical music, film music, pop music as well as the avant-garde and free improvisation. Along with David Toop, Beresford was also a prime mover of the London Musicians Collective.

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Article: Live Review

The Noisy Women at Hundred Years Gallery

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The Noisy Women Hundred Years Gallery London January 16, 2022 Noisy Women was started in 2020 by multi-instrumentalist Faradena Afifi and Marion Treby who both joined Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra during lockdown. The Noisy Women Presents is a quartet of Afifi and Treby plus improvising visual artist & dancer Gwendolyn Kassenaar, and ...

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Distinctions

Label: Spoonhunt
Released: 2021
Track listing: distinctions

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Article: Multiple Reviews

N.O. Moore starts his own dx/dy label

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With his Debut label, founded in 1952, Charles Mingus is often credited as being the first musician to set up his own independent record label, to avoid the hassle of working for major companies. Although Debut was rather short-lived, it paved the way for other improvising musicians to set up their own labels with greater success; ...

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Article: Interview

Ariele Monti: la filosofia inclusiva di Area Sismica

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A Ravaldino in Monte, pochi chilometri a sud di Forlì, in una rustica e isolata casa di campagna ai piedi delle colline romagnole, per la precisione una Casa del Popolo costruita nel 1947, ha sede Area Sismica, uno dei locali più vivaci, autentici e accoglienti in cui ascoltare musica dal vivo con poche preclusioni di genere. ...

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Old Paradise Airs

Label: Iluso Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Krotyi; Dree: Swittle; Dirl: Marr; Pikk.

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Trwst

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Datsain; Melysber; Crochleisio; Gwth; Adlach; Seinfawr; Iechyd o Gylch.

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Article: Album Review

Steve Beresford and Angharad Davies: Trwst

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On March 6th 2020, Steve Beresford celebrated his seventieth birthday with a jam-packed three-day residency at London's renowned venue Café Oto, under the fitting heading “Piano, Noise, Music and Toys." (It was the last such event at Oto before its Coronavirus lockdown.) Across the residency, audiences saw a cross-section of performances which illustrated the breadth of ...

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Article: Album Review

Steve Beresford & John Butcher: Old Paradise Airs

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Recorded in May 2019, at London's Iklectik venue (which is located in Old Paradise Yard), Old Paradise Airs pairs Steve Beresford on piano, objects or electronics with John Butcher on tenor or soprano saxophone, a duo which dates back to 1988 when Beresford and Butcher (plus trombonist Alan Tomlinson) recorded a five-minute track for a compilation ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Iluso Records: DIY from two dreamers

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Australian drummer Michael Caratti and Spanish-born New York-based guitarist Álvaro Domene founded the record label Iluso in 2013 to release their quartet recording Gran Masa. The pair found they shared similar interests while in school at Middlesex University in London. And why not put out their own music? That way they could control the content and ...


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