LUME @ Hundred Years Gallery 10.12.21

We’ve come to our final gig this season and have a very special evening in store: the album release set for ‘Hold Music’ (Luminous label) by cr-ow-tr-io: Cath Roberts (baritone saxophone), Otto Willberg (double bass) and Tullis Rennie (trombone). First meeting duo set from Elliot Galvin (keyboards) and Dee Byrne (alto saxophone/effects), plus a solo set from Hannah Marshall (cello).

Doors 19:30, music starts at 20:00. £5 or more – pay what you can. Tickets are on sale now – limited capacity of 20. buy tickets

Hundred Years Gallery, 13 Pearson Street, London, E2 8JD. Nearest station: Hoxton (Overground).

Dee Byrne
Dee Byrne is a London-based saxophonist, composer and improviser with an interest in pushing the boundaries of jazz. Dee collaborates with artists from the UK and Europe who occupy the area of contemporary jazz, avant-garde and free improvisation. deebyrnemusic.com

Elliot Galvin
Pianist Elliot Galvin is one of the rising stars of UK jazz. A superbly gifted composer and pianist, whose maverick imagination and magpie like ability to blend a disparate world of influences into his own unique musical vision has seen him compared to Django Bates although in truth he sounds like no one except himself. elliotgalvin.com

Hannah Marshall
One of the leading improvising string players in the UK, Hannah Marshall has been active on the free improv scene across Europe for many years. As well as experimenting with approaches to the cello through improvisation, she is a sound designer and co-creates theatre, dance and performance projects. hannahmarshall.net

Tullis Rennie
Tullis Rennie is a composer, improvising trombonist, electronic musician and field recordist. His work has been presented at concerts and festivals across 20 countries, alongside UK national broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and Resonance FM. He is co-founder of Walls On Walls with visual artist Laurie Nouchka, and a member of the Insectotròpics audio-visual collective, based in Barcelona. He curates the multi.modal label with Claudia Molitor. tullisrennie.com

Cath Roberts
Cath Roberts’ work explores free improvisation, composition and the music at their meeting point. Her band Sloth Racket has toured widely and released several albums, and she collaborates with many other artists as an improviser, primarily on baritone saxophone. cathrobots.co.uk

Otto Willberg
Otto Willberg plays and improvises on electric and double basses, and has aspirations of playing other low end instruments too. Like many musicians he often plays in various groups, which all sound different. Otto also maintains the website bootlegspatialrecall.net, a collection of public space reverbs and sporadically releases music via the Heavy Petting label.  ottowillberg.com

LUME @ Hundred Years Gallery 16.11.21

Our autumn series continues on 16th November with another musical feast: a trio set from the Swiss/UK trio of Oli Kuster (modular synthesiser), Cyrill Ferrari (guitar/effects) and Dee Byrne (alto saxophone/effects), celebrating the release of their album ‘Motherboard Pinball’ (Efpi Records). First meeting duo set of Ruth Goller (bass) and Cath Roberts (baritone saxophone), plus a solo set from Will Glaser (drums).

Doors 19:30, music starts at 20:00. £5 or more – pay what you can. Tickets are on sale now – limited capacity of 20. buy tickets

Hundred Years Gallery, 13 Pearson Street, London, E2 8JD. Nearest station: Hoxton (Overground).

Dee Byrne
Dee Byrne is a London-based saxophonist, composer and improviser with an interest in pushing the boundaries of jazz. Dee collaborates with artists from the UK and Europe who occupy the area of contemporary jazz, avant-garde and free improvisation. deebyrnemusic.com

Cyrill Ferrari
Inspired by scientific methods, mathematics and physics, Cyrill Ferrari constantly explores new musical frameworks by questioningthe standard role of the guitar with a focus on sound and amplication. Using different pickups and few effects, he amplifies the guitar as a whole object and explores new sounds hidden within the instrument. He is mainly active as co-leader of the projects OORT CLOUD, Leib and Alarcón/Ferrari, and as a sideman with various projects. cyrillferrari.com

Ruth Goller
Hailed by the Guardian for her “thunderous bass-guitar hooks”, Ruth Goller is a bassist, vocalist, composer, environmentalist and now solo artist. Goller helped lay the foundation for the UK’s jazz renaissance, from her years on stage with Acoustic Ladyland and Melt Yourself Down, to more recently Let Spin and Vula Viel, whilst performing and recording with the likes of Shabaka Hutchings, Mercury-Award nominee Kit Downes, Sam Amidon, Bojan Z, Marc Ribot, Rokia Traoré, and Paul McCartney. ruthgoller.com

Will Glaser
London based drummer Will Glaser is a highly in demand sideman to a vast array of the British Jazz scene. His influences draw eclectically from across jazz history, improvised music and anywhere else, from Baby Dodds to Milford Graves, Max Roach to Paul Motian, Roy Haynes to Joey Baron or Ed Blackwell to John Bonham. Will can be heard playing anything from traditional Jazz, in straight ahead settings to improvised music or avant rock. willglaserdrums.com

Oli Kuster
Bern-based pianist, keyboardist and composer Oli Kuster has realised various projects in the field of tension between jazz and electro. With his band Menschmaschine Kuster provided jazz interpretations of Kraftwerk songs in 2011. His work with synthesisers is also reflected in the pop project AEIOU. He has also composed music for film and released three albums as bandleader for the Oli Kuster Kombo. olikuster.ch

Cath Roberts
Cath Roberts’ work explores free improvisation, composition and the music at their meeting point. Her band Sloth Racket has toured widely and released several albums, and she collaborates with many other artists as an improviser, primarily on baritone saxophone. cathrobots.co.uk

LUME @ Hundred Years Gallery 21.10.21

We’re excited to be kicking off our autumn season on 21st October with two duo sets: Colin Webster (saxophone) with John Macedo (electronics), and the first meeting of Chris Williams and Dee Byrne (both saxophone and effects). Plus a solo set from Cath Roberts (electronics).

Places are limited so email info@hundredyearsgallery.com to reserve a seat. Doors 7.30pm, music starts at 8pm. Tickets are £5.

Hundred Years Gallery, 13 Pearson Street, London, E2 8JD. Nearest station: Hoxton (Overground).

Dee Byrne
Dee Byrne is a London-based saxophonist, composer and improviser with an interest in pushing the boundaries of jazz. Dee collaborates with artists from the UK and Europe who occupy the area of contemporary jazz, avant-garde and free improvisation. deebyrnemusic.com

John Macedo
John Macedo has incorporated everything from acoustic instruments and environmental sound to analogue and computer synthesis into his work. His approach explores connections and relationships, revealing the hidden potential in sounds, environments and technologies-often in intimate, immersive and intuitive ways. johnmacedo.co.uk

Cath Roberts
Cath Roberts’ work explores free improvisation, composition and the music at their meeting point. Her band Sloth Racket has toured widely and released several albums, and she collaborates with many other artists as an improviser, primarily on baritone saxophone. cathrobots.co.uk

Colin Webster
London based saxophonist Colin Webster is quickly establishing himself on the European avant garde scene. Collaborating with some of the key figures in improvised and experimental music, Webster is known for working from extreme sonic palettes  – from minimal to maximal, constantly pushing boundaries. webstology.wordpress.com

Chris Williams
Alto player Chris Williams is perhaps best known as a member of Mercury-nominated powerhouse Led Bib. An in-demand musician on the UK scene and beyond, he plays in many other groups including Madwort Saxophone Quartet, Metamorphic and Let Spin.

Incoming Autumn 2021 gigs at Hundred Years Gallery

We’re back this autumn with a fresh crop of new gigs! Three evenings of improvised music at our regular haunt Hundred Years Gallery in Hoxton…

Continuing our three-set format, each month LUME founders Dee Byrne and Cath Roberts will bring a project, and the third ‘guest’ set will feature some more of our favourite artists. There will be a solo set each month; from Cath Roberts in October, Will Glaser in November and Hannah Marshall in December. Multiple ‘first meeting’ duo sets will be played: Cath will play with Ruth Goller for the first time, while Dee will collaborate with Chris Williams (October) and Elliot Galvin (November).

New releases are also a theme. Our Swiss friends Oli Kuster and Cyrill Ferrari will play a set with Dee in November as part of the trio’s UK mini-tour to celebrate the release of their new album ‘Motherboard Pinball’ (Efpi Records). And in December, LUME will host the album release concert for ‘Hold Music’ by cr-ow-tr-io (Cath Roberts, Otto Willberg and Tullis Rennie), which will be out that month on Luminous.

Join us!

LUME @ Hundred Years Gallery in July & August 2021

WE’RE BACK! We’re excited to announce a new LUME mini-series at Hundred Years Gallery on 15th July and 12th August. Looking back at our gig archive, our last gig there was on 1st December 2017…

Places are limited, so email info@hundredyearsgallery.com to reserve a seat. Doors 7.30pm, music starts at 8pm. Tickets are £5.

Hundred Years Gallery, 13 Pearson Street, London, E2 8JD. Nearest station: Hoxton (Overground).

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15th July 2021

Cath Roberts
Cath Roberts’ work explores free improvisation, composition and the music at their meeting point. Her band Sloth Racket has toured widely and released several albums, and she collaborates with many other artists as an improviser, primarily on baritone saxophone. cathrobots.co.uk

Sam Andreae
Sam Andreae is an artist working in the area of free improvisation. “Andreae delves into an impressive vocabulary of skilfully controlled overtones, rapid keypad flutters and fragile harmonics, glistening like filaments held up to the light.” Daniel Spicer, The Wire (2015) samandreae.com

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Graham Dunning
Graham Dunning’s work explores sound as texture, timbre and something tactile, drawing on bedroom production, tinkering and recycling found objects. He also makes visual work, video and installations relating to these themes. grahamdunning.com

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Deemer + 1
Dee Byrne is a London-based saxophonist, composer and improviser with an interest in pushing the boundaries of jazz. Dee collaborates with artists from the UK and Europe who occupy the area of contemporary jazz, avant-garde and free improvisation. deebyrnemusic.com

Merijn Royaards is a sound artist guided by convoluted movements through music, art and architecture. The interaction between space and sound in cities with a history/present of conflict has been a recurring theme in his multi-media work. merijnroyaards.com

Johnny Hunter is a northern UK-based drummer and composer who comes from a background of both the avant-garde and more mainstream jazz. Johnny leads a number of his own projects from quartet to large ensemble, all of which showcase his fast-developing compositional practice. johnnyhuntermusic.com

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12th August 2021

Cath Roberts
Cath Roberts’ work explores free improvisation, composition and the music at their meeting point. Her band Sloth Racket has toured widely and released several albums, and she collaborates with many other artists as an improviser, primarily on baritone saxophone. cathrobots.co.uk

Benedict Taylor
Benedict Taylor is a British avant-garde violist, violinist and composer. He is a leading figure within the area of contemporary string performance, at the forefront of the British & European classical and new music world. benedicttaylor.bandcamp.com

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Tom Ward
Tom Ward is a musician, composer and computer programmer from Yorkshire, currently based in London. His primary instrument remains the saxophone, but in recent years he has increasingly focused on bass clarinet and flutes. madwort.co.uk

Charlotte Keeffe
Charlotte Keeffe’s unique approach and passion for jazz, experimental and freely improvised music sees her performing regularly as a soloist and as part of a variety of different ensembles, including her own quartet. charlottekeeffe.com

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Dee Byrne
Dee Byrne is a London-based saxophonist, composer and improviser with an interest in pushing the boundaries of jazz. Dee collaborates with artists from the UK and Europe who occupy the area of contemporary jazz, avant-garde and free improvisation. deebyrnemusic.com

Olie Brice
Olie Brice is an improvising double bassist from London. He leads two bands – a quintet that plays his original compositions and a freely improvising trio featuring Tobias Delius and Mark Sanders. He has also worked with musicians including Paul Dunmall, Tony Malaby, Steve Swell, Achim Kaufmann, Alex Ward and Ingrid Laubrock. oliebrice.com

Andrew Lisle
Andrew Lisle is a drummer working in the field of jazz and improvised music. He strives to create music within the avant-garde, pushing the limits of what is possible on the drums (technically and musically) while drawing influence from the jazz tradition. andrewlisle.com

New Luminous website and mailing list

In recent months we’ve found ourselves posting on this blog about new releases on the LUME offshoot label, Luminous. No longer! The label now has a shiny new website all of its own. On there you can read about all the releases on the label so far (including the new Deemer + 1 album coming next month), and information about the artists.

There is also a new mailing list for the label, so do sign up if you’d like to be kept updated on future releases and label-related activities….

New on Luminous! Exabout: Live In Ramsgate by Sloth Racket

Out today on Luminous is a new Sloth Racket live album! Recorded by Anton Hunter last September when the band were on tour, and mixed by Alex Bonney, it’s the whole set from their date at Arco Barco in Ramsgate. Check it out over on Bandcamp:


Like a million other bands, Sloth Racket had to cancel their tour this year, and this release falls where they would have been out and about playing live. It’s a digital only release, but this doesn’t mean there isn’t any merch: there was always a plan for new t-shirts in 2020 and we’ve decided to still go ahead…

The shirts are available in a bundle with the digital album. Head over to the merch page on Bandcamp to read more about the shirts and check the size guide.

Hope you enjoy the music! We have more Luminous plans up our sleeves, so you never know there just *might* be another release before the year is out.

New Luminous release: Dee Byrne & Cath Roberts – Disembark!

Announcing a very special new album! LUME founders Cath Roberts and Dee Byrne release their first duo recording Disembark! today on Luminous. Recorded by Cath at Gun Factory Studios in April 2019, it was mixed by Alex Bonney and has original album artwork by Dee. Disembark! is a series of short, spontaneous improvisations that explore a dramatic range of textures, whilst maintaining the sense of an ongoing, inquisitive conversation. The recording came about after a series of live duo performances; going into the studio seemed like the next logical step. The release was originally planned for earlier in the summer, with a five date duo tour booked and ready to go, but that plan was derailed by the pandemic. Now, we’ve decided to get the music out there!

Dee and Cath have played together in many different ensembles since they started working together, most recently in February this year with MoonMot (see previous blog post), touring the UK and Europe to mark the sextet’s debut album just before COVID-19 shut all the venues down. Playing together as musicians has been part of a larger context, combined with running LUME projects together and releasing music through Luminous. It feels like a long time since the first release, Live At Lume Vol.1 in July 2015 – a collection of bootleg recordings from performances at LUME’s then regular night at The Long White Cloud in Hoxton. The label grew out of those Live At LUME fundraiser albums, and now five years on, Disembark! will be the thirteenth release on Luminous. With more scheduled this Autumn, we recommend you keep your ear to the ground!

Disembark! is available as a digital album via Bandcamp. No physical copies for now, but ask us again when touring is back on…

MoonMot ‘Going Down The Well’ European Tour 2020

This Spring, the Swiss/UK collaborative sextet MoonMot will tour in Europe to mark the release of their album ‘Going Down The Well’, out on 14th February on Swiss label Unit Records. LUME’s Dee Byrne worked with MoonMot trombonist Simon Petermann to book the dates, and the result is a fantastic twelve date tour:

17 FebruaryNQ Jazz, Manchester
18 FebruaryThe Vortex, London | buy tickets
19 FebruaryThe Lescar, Sheffield
20 FebruaryFUSE Art Space, Bradford
21 February  – The Bebop Club, Bristol
1 MarchLiverpool International Jazz Festival | buy tickets
8 March –  Metropol, Arnhem (NL)
9 March – Hot Club, Gent (BE)
10 March – Amsterdam (NL)
12 March – Off Bar, Basel (CH)
13 March – BeJazz, Bern (CH)
14 March – Kiste, Stuttgart (DE)

MoonMot brings together Swiss musicians Simon Petermann (trombone/electronics) and Oli Kuster (Fender Rhodes/electronics) with LUME’s Dee Byrne (alto saxophone/electronics), Cath Roberts (baritone saxophone), Johnny Hunter (drums) and Seth Bennett (double bass).

The ensemble emerged at the 10th edition of the Jazzwerkstatt Bern festival in 2017, when LUME were invited to perform as part of a CH/UK collaborative project. As artist-run platforms for improvised and original music, LUME and Jazzwerkstatt Bern share a lot of common ground, including a focus on the creation of new work and new ensembles. After the initial concert in Bern, LUME organised the return leg of the exchange: a slot supporting The Thing at London Jazz Festival 2017. In March 2019 under its new name MoonMot, the sextet reconvened for a six date Swiss tour including a performance at the BeJazz Transnational competition in Bern. While on tour they recorded ‘Going Down The Well’, showcasing compositions from all six band members.

You can pre-order the album from Bandcamp now, on LP, CD and digital download. See you on tour!

LUME on The Hello Goodbye Show: Winter Solstice 2019 Takeover!

On Saturday 21st December, LUME has been invited to take over Dexter Bentley’s Hello Goodbye Show on Resonance FM! To round off 2019 we’re looking forward to filling an entire radio show with LUME stuff. We’ll be playing some tasty tracks and talking about LUME projects past and present, plus there will be two live sets: one from Ti/om (Tom Ward and Tim Fairhall) and a duo set from Dee and Cath.

Tune in from 12 noon until 1.30pm to hear what we’ve got up our sleeves…