Liverpool: Blank Canvas Octet and Emil Karlsen:Martin Hackett duo 22.03.2020 Cancelled Covid-19

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This performance will be the first outing of a new duo consisting of Martin Hackett on Korg MS10 and Norwegian drummer and percussionist Emil Karlsen. They are both busy performers on the improvised music featuring in a variety of groups and constellations - this however will be their first outing as a duo


Sunday March 22nd 2020, Doors 7.45 pm Concert start 8.00 pm
Ship & Mitre, function room upstairs
£5.00 & £3.00

Martin Hackett -Korg MS10
Emil Karlsen - drums/percussion,
"Emil Karlsen is an independently minded drummer whose playing balances organic looseness with a dynamic, propulsive energy” - Paul Hession (UK)

The Blank Canvas Octet is a project exploring free improvisation in music in a large ensemble context. It uses the ‘system 50:50` - where chess clocks are used to bring cohesion to the sound field which can often become cluttered. The result is a dynamic and shifting canvas of sound that allows small discreet sounds to be heard and deeper layers to be felt and expressed. An exciting project to participate in, to witness and to hear.

On system 50:50 “Definitely something with LOADS of possibilities - the reaction in the car driving back was unbelievably positive - no one could remember playing in a large ensemble that was so `open". The openness allowed me to play quietly, which meant the dynamics were incredible for an improvising large ensemble.” - Charlie Collins, improviser, Sheffield.

Another point of listening comes from Simon Ross, Macclesfield. `System 50/50 works well - it’s a really good way to get a group to play effectively without egos , virtuosity , and shyness getting in the way. It is democratic, inclusive. coherent, leaderless, focused, there is room to think and time to listen, choices. It is less competitive and more cooperative. Ends well`

The Blank Canvas Octet on this night will feature the following, more or less,

ANDREW LESLIE HOOKER, no input mixer
CLAYTON JACKSON, electronics and objects
MARK JONES, sax, flute
NICK BRANTON, bass clarinet
PHIL MORTON, accidents and treatments, bio
TIM WISE, reeds


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About Blank Canvas
Blank Canvas concert series was launched in 2011 by Frakture. It is now a stand-alone project, presenting concerts, supporting free improvisation on Merseyside and developing the The Blank Canvas octet.
Blank Canvas is curated by the Phil Morton and Robin Hartwell, it has an `open source` system of management and administration and new personnel and their ideas are welcome. Please make contact.
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,
mob 07999518582
System 5050 for more information, just google it! `improvisers networks system 5050`

About The Ship & Mitre.:
The Ship & Mitre, 133 Dale Street Liverpool. L2 2JH is a CAMRA Pub of Excellence, offering the largest selection of hand-pulled ales in Merseyside. With a range of around 200 beers (draught and bottled) it offers one of the largest selections in the North West. Food is available till 6.00 pm on Sundays


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