A day of experimental music. We're supporting a great little festival called El Nicho. Well, I say 'little', but only in as much that it's basically one guy, Eric Namour, who's running it and it is, as the title says, 'niche'. A personal labour of love rather than anything grander.
So it opened today, starting with a workshop in the British Council. We don't normally do events in the office, but we do have a multipurpose space at the back which is actually perfect for small events, and we should do more really. So musician Robin Hayward ran a 5-hour workshop on a software programme he uses to expand on the sound of his tuba (oh yes, he plays a tuba). But it works for other instruments too.
We then shifted to the Goethe Institut across town for the opening concert which involved Robin improvising with violinist Alex Bruck, a film about Cornelius Cardew and the Scratch Orchestra by Luke Fowler and, a headlining improv session between Tony Buck (percussion) and Magda Mayas (prepared piano). Buck is best known as drummer for The Necks, one of my favourite bands. They're improv too but less scratchy, random, plinky-plonk experimentation (I generalise) and more a slow-build hypnotically rhythmic groove.