Tom Arthurs Trio (w. Richard Fairhurst and Markku Ounaskari)
Building on Tom and British pianist Richard Fairhurst’s duo of several years, this project adds Finnish percussionist supreme Markku Ounaskari, proposing a music of exquisite beauty, space and spirit, performed by a trio united by friendship and an unwavering commitment to clarity and the divine. A programme of chamber music composed by Tom, drawing on the tradition of jazz musicians including John Taylor and Kenny Wheeler, but also composers such as Morton Feldman and György Ligeti, various ‘pre-World Music’ traditional musics and beyond.
Tom Arthurs Trio (w. Sébastien Boisseau and Jon Fält)
From the sublime to the mildly ridiculous, three of Europe’s strongest-yet-most-lyrical young jazz musicians conspire to create a music rich in joy, humour and improvisational complexity – interweaving beauteous balladry with winding atonal unisons, left-footed bossa novas, Pygmy tranquility, minimalist improvisation and post-free jazz – emerging, constructing, exploring. Compositions by Tom and French bassist Boisseau (Tom’s long-time colleague from H3B and collaborations with WOOD), with Swedish drummer Jon Fält (who Tom met while performing in Turkey with Polish saxophonist Maciej Obara).
GLUE (w. Miles Perkin and Yorgos Dimitriadis)
“Deep listening, measured, a complex dance of seduction.” (Monsieur Delire)
”It’s about a variety of changing, finely nuanced soundcolours, and intensity at low volume. A music that exudes calmness, relaxation, serenity and openness. There are no dogmas, no prohibitions and no taboos. The pieces almost always begin with a clean slate, with a silence from which acoustic structures are carved like sculptures. The musicians are simultaneously performers and listeners, allowing the music space and finding surprise in whatever comes into being between them.” (Klaus Kürvers)
Tom Arthurs and Simon Vincent
Tom Arthurs and Simon Vincent (live electronics) have been friends and collaborators since around 1999. Following first meetings in London, their music has quietly and organically developed through occasional recordings and concerts, mainly since their reconnection in Berlin in 2008. Entirely improvised and focusing on extreme subtleties of sound and interaction, their music consists of beautifully crafted textures and gestures, rich in surprising dynamics, and which are not afraid of taking their time to unfold. Real Time Sound Sculpting Vol. 1 will be released by Vision of Sound in late 2016.
Pedesis (w. Biliana Voutchkova and Markus Pesonen)
A micro-orchestral experience of infinitesimal variation and crystal-clear complexity, three internationally renowned performer-composers congregate in Berlin.
Spectral stretches and filigraine augmentations.
Captivating, surprising, moving.
Between states, between mysteries.
w. Kari Ikonen (piano)
Marc Schmolling’s Ticho
w. Almut Kühne (voice) and Marc Schmolling (piano)
Tania Giannouli Trio
w. Tania Giannouli (piano) and Taxiarchis Giorgoulis (oud)
w. Isambard Khroustaliov (aka Sam Britton)
Duo with Simon Vincent
w. Simon Vincent (electronics)
w. Ignaz Schick (turntables), Marta Zapparoli (electronics), Eliad Wagner (electronics), Benjamin Weidekamp (reeds), Klaus Kürvers (bass) and Alexandre Babel (percussion)
Miles Perkin Quartet
w. Miles Perkin (bass), Benoît Delbecq (piano) and Thom Gossage (drums)
Tom is available for education projects and private teaching, and in addition to his work as a performer and composer he has recently completed a PhD at the University of Edinburgh with Prof. Simon Frith (an ethnography of Improvised Music-making in Berlin). During 2016 he was Guest Professor for Trumpet and Ensembles at Jazz Institut Berlin.
Recent seminars, papers and workshops include Universität der Künste (Berlin), FU Potsdam, University of Oxford, University of Edinburgh, International Jazz Platform (Lodz), Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Uppingham School, and the F-IRE collective summer course.
A series of Debate Concerts and Workshops with H3B in France inspired the format of a short performance followed by open discussion and sympathetic improvisation with local musicians and this format is available with many current projects. As a writer and musician, Tom is also a key member of French bassist Sébastien Boisseau’s ‘Musique de Salon’, which brings Improvised Music into the homes and community spaces of those who wouldn’t otherwise have access to it.
Topics include performance, individual and group attitudes to improvisation, extending compositional potential, integrating improvisation and composition, and trumpet playing. All with a guaranteed warmth and genuine interest in music-making with musicians of all ages and levels.
Please feel free to download Tom’s PhD thesis ‘The Secret Gardeners: An Ethnography of Improvised Music in Berlin (2012-13)’ by right-clicking here.