Monthly Archives: April 2014

1st May: Ant Law Quintet

We are delighted to welcome this high-calibre jazz quintet led by guitarist Ant Law, playing his compositions.

Ant Law Quintet

Guitarist Ant Law was a scholar at both Edinburgh University and Berklee College of Music until moving to London in 2008. He then picked up work with artists such as Tim Garland, Mica Paris, Gwilym Simcock, Leon Ware, Asaf Sirkis, Koby Israelite, Camille O’Sullivan, Britain’s Got Talent star Tony Laf, X-factor winner Steve Brookstein and Eileen Hunter, and members of Incognito and Level 42.

Ant’s debut album “Entanglement” was released on the 33Jazz record label in February 2013 to great critical acclaim. This project was awarded funding from the Jazz Services Recording Support Scheme. The album launch at Pizza Express Dean Street was sold out and the band then completed a 29-date UK tour, with further support from Jazz Services. Ant completed the second volume of compositions whilst on tour in Brazil this summer. The band are showcasing that music before recording the second album.

Ant Law – guitar

Michael Chillingworth – reeds

Rick Simpson – piano

Calum Gourlay – bass

Dave Hamblett – drums



Doors 8pm, music 8.30pm. Long White Cloud, 151 Hackney Road, E2 8JL. £5 entry.

24th April: Ti/om and Molino de Otoño update

Quick update about this week’s gig. Sadly, Clive Bell has had to pull out of the Molino de Otoño set on Thursday, but electronic music composer and improviser Visa Kuoppala has kindly stepped in! He is a regular collaborator with the group and they have sent over a biog…

Visa Kuoppala is a Finnish composer, improviser and field recordist living in London. He is active in the areas of acousmatic composition and electroacoustic improvisation, fascinated with the poetic and emotional qualities of enigmatic or ambiguous sounds. He has developed a granular synthesis and feedback-based instrument called Malegra, and is currently working on a PhD in electroacoustic composition at the University of Birmingham. His works have been performed in Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Russia, England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, USA, China and Italy.

This should be a fascinating set! Come down to Long White Cloud and check them out, in a double bill with Tim/om (info in our original post below).

Doors 8pm, music 8.30pm, £5 entry.

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24th April: Ti/om & Molino de Otoño

This week, we have a double bill of acoustic improvising groups incorporating sounds, influences and instruments from around the world.


Through free improvisation, Ti/om investigates the resonances and contrasts between the two players: Tom Ward on bass clarinet or flute, and Tim Fairhall on acoustic bass. The interplay between the two improvisers is considered from different angles, the result of which can be sprawling melodies, spontaneous grooves, brooding intensities, or more gestural, percussive playing. A cornerstone of Ti/om’s development as a unit has been the use of non-musical sources as starting points, in particular Japanese haiku written by zen monks on their deathbeds. The short-form poetry with its dense, distilled emotion and sense of place functions as an inspiration for improvised music with economy: an idea that has become almost a philosophy for Fairhall and Ward. Both the haikus and the two musicians share a love of the natural world, too, with the poets drawing metaphors from nature to convey the frailty of the human condition and the duo finding a connection in their fondness for ‘solitude in the wilderness’. A keen climber and mountain biker respectively, Tim and Tom would be planning a series of mountainside gigs were it not for the various logistical and acoustic challenges involved…

Tom Ward – bass clarinet, flute

Tim Fairhall – double bass


 Molino de Otoño

Molino de Otoño is a wildly diverse new improvisation group, formed in London by the young Colombian musician John García Rueda. Spanning the worlds of improv, composition, cutting-edge electronics and field recording, the group places the familiar cello (Gabriella Swallow) alongside the traditional tiple Colombiano guitar (García), and Japanese shakuhachi flute (Clive Bell). Aiming to fuse all these elements into a beguiling, sensuous music, the group offers a colourful palette of sound like no other. The collaborative experience of Molino de Otoño’s members includes Nigel Kennedy, Gwilym Simcock, David Sylvian, David Toop, Jah Wobble, Karl Jenkins, and Complicite Theatre.

John García Rueda is a composer, sound designer and performer on the tiplé Colombiano – Colombia’s national instrument, a guitar with twelve strings arranged in four groups of three. His array of influences includes ethnological research, which he fuses with a passion for new sounds. He has studied in Bogota, Banff (Canada), Havana and London’s Guildhall, and is now pursuing musical research at Goldsmiths University.

Gabriella Swallow is a hugely celebrated, diverse and eclectic cellist. She made her London South Bank debut as a soloist with the London Sinfonietta. A passionate advocate for blurring boundaries between genres, Gabriella is just as comfortable on stage at the Wigmore Hall as she is performing at Ronnie Scotts, on tour with the Gwilym Simcock Quartet or with Nigel Kennedy’s band.

Clive Bell is a musician and composer specialising in East Asian musics. He studied the shakuhachi (Japanese flute) in Tokyo, and the khène (Lao mouthorgan) in Laos and Thailand. Recently he has worked with Jah Wobble, David Sylvian, Kazuko Hohki, Complicite Theatre, the BBC Singers, Sylvia Hallett, Karl Jenkins, Okeanos and Jochen Irmler of Faust. He writes for The Wire magazine.

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As usual it’s doors 8pm – with the music starting at 8.30pm – at Long White Cloud, 151 Hackney Road, E2 8JL. This promises to be a very special gig. See you there…

17th April: Our Own Decay & Olie Brice/Fumi Okiji

A double bill this week, with a set from trumpeter Nick Malcolm’s improvising trio plus a duo of Olie Brice and vocalist Fumi Okiji.

Our Own Decay

Improvising trio lead by the formidable trumpeter and composer Nick Malcolm, featuring vibraphonist Corey Mwamba and the fantastic drummer / composer / Pop-up Circus impressario Simon Roth.

Nick Malcolm – trumpet

Corey Mwamba – vibraphone

Simon Roth – drums



Olie Brice – bass

Fumi Okiji – vocals

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Doors 8pm, music 8.30pm. Long White Cloud, 151 Hackney Road, E2 8JL. £5 entry.


10th April: The Stolen Project

Back at Hundred Crows Rising last July, we had a lot of fun putting on Paulo Dias Duarte and his excellent band Overground Collective. They played in a double bill with On The Roof, and it was one of our most popular gigs of the year. We’re very happy to welcome Paulo back to LUME again this week, when he’ll be presenting two sets of new music with another of his ensembles: The Stolen Project. Come down and check out some great new compositions with an exciting line-up…

Paulo Dias Duarte – Guitar/Composition
Chris Williams – Saxophones
Danny Keane – Cello
Kit Massey – Violin
Olie Brice – Bass
Rob Pennel – Drums


Doors 8pm, music 8.30pm. Long White Cloud, 151 Hackney Road, E2 8JL. £5 entry.