I was involved in a 12 hour improvisation performance on February 3rd. An amazing way to start the year and one of the best experiences in my creative life. It came about after Gus and I met the Carousel Collective at a gig in London organised by James Alaska and Tom Mudd. Carousel are Tim Yates, Nora Sanatian, Benedict Taylor and Charlie Sdraulig they are a group of musicians who are interested in exploring the possibilities of music in new and imaginative ways. After a performance in Brighton last year which I helped organise Tim suggested we collaborate on a long improvised piece at The Coach House in Kemptown.
I was lucky enough to get Adam Bushell, Kev Nickells and Chris Parfitt involved as well and the eight of us started with some trepidation at 10.30am. 12 hours later we drew to a close after a truly remarkable experience which was very different to my expectations. With maybe 3-4 twenty minute breaks I was performing for the whole time, as was everyone else. There were great moments when we all clicked together followed by an ebb and flow for a while and then another upsurge.
There is a recording but who knows what will happen to it, we’re trying to work that out at the moment.