3rd April: Barrel & Alex Bonney/Dave Kane

This week we present an evening of improvised music from two ensembles: string trio Barrel and a duo of Alex Bonney and Dave Kane.


These three musicians have been performing in various combinations with others on the London improvising scene for several years. As well as the numerous small groups they have participated in, all three are members of the London Improvisers Orchestra. The first performance of the trio, at the 2007 Freedom Of The City festival, was so musically successful that they decided to continue as such, and chose to call the group Barrel as it involved a lot of scraping. Since then, Barrel have performed widely around London, the UK and Europe. Their record ‘Gratuitous Abuse’, released on the Emanem label, was in the Wire’s ‘Critics’ Choice’ list of 2012 albums.

Alison Blunt – violin

Ivor Kallin – violin and viola

Hannah Marshall – cello


Alex Bonney/Dave Kane

Dave Kane and Alex Bonney’s improvising duo is full of surprises. Traditional roles of trumpet and double bass are exploded and the sonic potential of their instruments is explored. The duo’s action packed and playful range of textures and dynamics combine with a strong melodic sensibility and an uncanny interplay between the two musicians.

“In my opinion Alex and Dave play true music. Played at a very high level, it’s as good as any improvised music played anywhere in the world.”
Paul Dunmall

“Mixing energetic free improv with quirky melodies and lopsided rhythms Kane and Bonney’s interaction was mesmerizing, packed full of innate humour and off-hand virtuosity their dialogue was a joy to behold.”

kane bonney duo

It promises to be a great night. Doors 8pm, music 8.30pm at Long White Cloud, 151 Hackney Road, E2 8JL. £5 entry. See you there!