28th January 2005
The eighth Scaledown night featured live performances from (in alphabetical order):
Adcock & Bell - Former members of the much missed ensemble Accordions Go Crazy, Mike Adcock (accordion) and Clive Bell (accordion) produce an enchanting, entrancing rhythmic instrumental music from their respective boxes. An extraordinary CD of their more freely improvised music - "Sleep it Off" - is available on Emanem.
Rhodri Davies - Welsh harpist Rhodri Davies is Britain's best experimental harp player (admittedly a small field!). He takes the "timbral tinderbox", and adds a whole array of preparations which extend the sound-range into a language of whispers, squeaks and drones. When he's not playing at international festivals of experimental and improvised music he's the regular accompanist of classical superstar Charlotte Church.
Pete Evans - Original songs with guitar accompaniment.
Matthew Ostrowski/KJ Grant/Chris Weaver - New York based electro-acoustic composer/performer Matthew Ostrowski (previous collaborators include John Zorn and David Behrman) pops by on a flying visit, in a trio with New York avant vocalist Kay Grant and London laptopper Chris Weaver (Resonance FM). Expect sparky and ingenious interplay.
The Paranoid Foundation - New avant garde music from the experimental duo of Crispin Lee (fx guitar and vocals) and Andrew Walker (keyboard and laptop).
Alex Ward - A regular collaborator with Derek Bailey since he was 14 and originally a darting mercurial clarinetist - Alex Ward is here demonstrating a newer and more frequently seen facet - that of a highly individual guitarist and vocalist. Alex is also a member of Pocket.