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London Improvisers Orchestra

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The London Improvisers Orchestra was born from the embers of Butch Morris' London Skyscraper tour for the Contemporary Music Network tour in November 1997. Concerts were performed in London, Birmingham, Oxford, Manchester, Bristol and Liverpool. Members of the ensemble decided to develop the project and thus was born the London Improvisers Orchestra. For eleven months of the year, the orchestra performs on the first Sunday of the month (excluding January). At present venues vary except for a quarterly residency (once every 3 months) at Cafe Oto in Dalston. The members meet prior to the gig for a rehearsal so anybody who has an idea about how to control a group of individuals who take pleasure in not being controlled, can rehearse what they would like to do. These pieces mixed in with freely improvised sections, make up the performance at 8.30.

        
Members
PortraitKaffe Matthews
sampler, vn GB
PortraitEvan Parker
ss, ts *1944 GB
PortraitLol Coxhill
ss 1932-2012 GB
PortraitAdam Bohman
voc GB
PortraitPat Thomas
p, key *1960
PortraitSteve Beresford
*1950 GB
PortraitHarry Beckett
tr, fh 1935-2010 GB
PortraitMark Wastell
vc *1968
PortraitJohn Butcher
ts, ss *1954 GB
PortraitMatt Davis
tr, dr, g *1970 GB
PortraitSimon H. Fell
cb *1959 GB
PortraitLoz Speyer
tr, fh GB
PortraitAlan Tomlinson
tb GB
PortraitGene Martynec
voc, g, p *1947 CA
PortraitTom Chant
sax, ss *1975 GB
PortraitMarcio Mattos
vc *1946 BR
PortraitMark Sanders
dr, perc *1960 GB
PortraitJohn Edwards
cb, b GB
PortraitIvor Kallin
voc, vl, g GB
PortraitOrphy Robinson
vib *1960 GB
PortraitNeil Metcalfe
fl GB
PortraitTony Marsh
dr, perc 1939-2012 GB
PortraitCaroline Kraabel
as, voc *1961 US
PortraitGail Brand
tb *1971
PortraitRowland Sutherland
fl GB
PortraitTania Chen
p
PortraitVeryan Weston
p *1950 GB
PortraitRhodri Davies
hrp *1971 GB
PortraitJohn Rangecroft
cl, ts
PortraitTerry Day
voc *1940 GB
PortraitRobert Jarvis
tb
PortraitSteve Noble
dr, perc NG
PortraitKnut Aufermann
PortraitChris Burn
p, perc *1955 GB
Peter Nicholson
vc
PortraitAdrian Northover
ss, as GB
PortraitHarrison Smith
bcl, ts *1946 GB
PortraitHannah Marshall
vc GB
PortraitSylvia Hallett
vn GB
PortraitCharlotte Hug
vl *1965 CH
Dave Tucker
cl
Susanna Ferrar
vn
Jim McEwan
key, ts
PortraitIan Smith
tr, fh
PortraitAlison Blunt
vn GB
PortraitJohn Bisset
g
PortraitJavier Carmona
dr, perc ES
Chefa Alonso
ss
PortraitBenedict Taylor
vl GB
PortraitChristoph Irmer
vn *1958 DE
Catherine Pluygers
ob
Barbara Meyer
vc
PortraitRoland Ramanan
tr
PortraitDavid Leahy
cb GB
PortraitDominic Lash
cb *1980 GB
PortraitBørre Mølstad
tu
PortraitUna MacGlone
cb GB
Noura Sanatian
PortraitGuillaume Viltard
cb *1975 FR
David Ryan
cl
PortraitRicardo Tejero
ts, as, cl ES
Sonia Paço-Rocchia
bsn
Jackie Walduck
vib GB
Robert Sassi
eg
Noel Taylor
cl, bcl GB
Pete Furniss
bcl
PortraitElisabeth Harnik
p *1970 AT
PortraitRenée Baker
vn, vl
Federico Reuben
PortraitAlex Ward
cl *1974 GB

Band Membership
Discography

Title Artist Year Type
HMS ConcertLondon Improvisers Orchestra2012Album
Lio Leo LeonLondon Improvisers Orchestra2011Album
Improvisations For George RisteLondon Improvisers Orchestra2008Album
Separately & TogetherLondon Improvisers Orchestra / The Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra2008Album
Responses, Reproduction & Reality: Freedom Of The City 2003-4London Improvisers Orchestra2005Album
Freedom Of The City 2002London Improvisers Orchestra2003Album
The Hearing Continues...London Improvisers Orchestra2001Album
ProceedingsLondon Improvisers Orchestra2000Album
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