LUME Collective

LONDON Barbican / FreeStage (Level G)
Silk Street



Established in 2013, LUME is run by musicians Cath Roberts and Dee Byrne with a focus on new original/improvised music. Activities so far have included concert series, residencies and tours, and we also release music through our offshoot label Luminous. At this year’s Festival, LUME will showcase two new projects that reflect the adventurous spirit of our music-making.

Rachel Musson / Cath Roberts / Andrew Lisle

Rachel Musson - tenor saxophone
Cath Roberts - alto saxophone
Andrew Lisle - drums

All active as collaborator, bandleaders and composers in their own right, Musson, Lisle and Roberts have joined forces in this new trio to explore the territory where free improvisation and composed material meet. Rachel Musson is a distinctive voice on the European scene, regularly collaborating with artists including Julie Kjær, Hannah Marshall, Olie Brice, Pat Thomas, Louis Moholo-Moholo and many more. Andrew Lisle is in demand as an improvising drummer in London and further afield,with ongoing projects including Kodian Trio, Alex Ward’s Item ensembles and his own trio with Charlotte Keeffe and Otto Willberg. Cath Roberts primarily plays baritone saxophone and can be found leading her ensembles Sloth Racket and Favourite Animals, in established duos with Anton Hunter and Benedict Taylor, and as bandmate in groups including Article XI, Vole and Madwort Saxophone Quartet.

Deemer + 1

Dee Byrne - alto saxophone/effects
Merijn Royaards - electronics
Johnny Hunter - drums

The brain-child of sound artist Merijn Royaards and saxophonist/composer Dee Byrne, Deemer started life in 2006 as a weekly  improvisation/electronics session in a warehouse in Hackney Wick. Over the years the project has evolved into a continuing conversation that is always inquisitive, searching and fresh. The duo released their debut album ‘Interference Patterns’ on Luminous Label in 2015. Their second release ‘Live At The Vortex’ was released on cassette in 2016. They are currently working on their next release on Luminous, which will feature guest artists involved in their new  Deemer + 1 project. For this London Jazz Festival performance Deemer invites Manchester-based drummer, composer and bandleader Johnny Hunter as special guest for a heavy dose of sonic cookery.