Fri 10 - Sun 19 November 2017
Alex Roth's Future Currents + Kasia Witek's "one wall of me"
LONDON Polish Jazz Café POSK
238-246 Kings St
Future Currents is the electric guitar ensemble formed by composer Alex Roth to explore the full range of the instrument's sonic potential. Bringing together members of Troyka, trioVD and Blue-Eyed Hawk, the group features three of the UK's most acclaimed improvisers, each of whom is known for a distinctly contemporary approach to the guitar. Together they create new music of extremes, informed as much by composers like Morton Feldman, Frank Zappa, Olivier Messiaen and Richard D James as by pioneering guitarists such as Fred Frith, Robert Fripp, Marc Ducret and Bill Frisell.
The ensemble's eponymous debut EP, a collection of experimental miniatures with post-production by fellow guitarist Matt Calvert (Three Trapped Tigers), was released last year and runs the gamut from expansive soundscapes to minimalist textures and intense noise.
Alex Roth - Electric guitar
Chris Montague - Electric guitar
Chris Sharkey - Electric guitar
Completing this interdisciplinary double bill is a new performance by Polish-born, London-based dance artist Kasia Witek. Taking its name from a line in Ted Hughes's poem Wodwo, in which a mythical creature questions its sense of self and belonging, one wall of me investigates and celebrates the intelligence of the body. An original score devised by Alex Roth draws on the deep sonorities and physicality of two double basses - played live by renowned improvisers Olie Brice and Ruth Goller - providing an integral counterpoint to Witek's highly physical choreography.
Artistic director - Katarzyna Witek
Musical director - Alex Roth
Choreography - Katarzyna Witek in collaboration with the dancers
Dancers - Elisa Vassena, Stella Papi and Tora Hed
Musicians - Olie Brice (double bass) and Ruth Goller (double bass)