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Sheffield: Murmurists plus Juxtavoices 26.10.2019

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Murmurists is a large-scale live theatre project, encompassing any and all disciplines - from free jazz and noise, through film and dance

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Murmurists is the brainchild of cross-disciplinary satirist Anthony Donovan. First formed as long ago as 1992, as a then vehicle for solo works and collaborations, Murmurists is by now a large-scale live theatre project, encompassing any and all disciplines - from free jazz and noise, through film and dance, to comedy and performance art, and even stylised banqueting. To-date, Murmurists has featured as little as 9 and as many as 86 participants at any one time; all ostensibly improvising from involved graphic scores prepared by Donovan, tailored to each participant and their particular specialism. This scoring process confers a strong narrative content upon proceedings, resulting in complex, dynamic pieces, such as 'Poor vs Poor', 'I am You, Dragging Halo' and 'Beneath is Translation'. By design, Murmurists live has no central point of focus, being instead comprised of any number of creative, collaborative fiefdoms and micro-dramas, prompted by the score to self-organise non-hierarchically, along syndicalist lines. There are the corollaries of musicians, of course, who react to one another in the usual way, all on their improvising metal, with instant creations of their own making. But participants might just as well be requested to sob uncontrollably or howl like an animal, or wield a pitchfolk or treasured childhood toy, or participate en masse in spoken word passages, which Donovan terms 'ornamental heckling', taking influence as much from Laing, Pinter, Brecht and Artaud, as it might from the febrile history of avant garde music. The result is intense and immersive, and ultimately cathartic, for participant and audience member alike.

By now, hundreds of people have been involved in this ongoing series of unique Murmurists events, including members and ex-members of projects such as Henry Cow, Faust, The Three Johns, Stars of the Lid, Orchestra of the Upper Atmosphere, Acid Mothers Temple, Crush!!!, The Sun City Girls, The Molecules, Cacophany Arkestra and the London and Birmingham Improvisers Orchestras, as well as collaborations with artists as great and diverse as John Zorn, Matmos, Otomo Yoshihide, James Chance, Adam Bohman, Bob Ostertag, Bryan Lewis Saunders, Chris Cutler, Bob Cobbing, Marc Ribot, Lol Coxhill, Elliott Sharp, Mick Beck, Pat Thomas, Evan Parker, Gino Robair, Sharon Gal, Damo Suzuki and Steve Beresford.

The following 35 strong Murmurists will perform pieces from Donovan's new major three part work, Darwin is Jam Tomorrow:

Lee Allatson: percussion

Julie Archer: vocal

Martin Archer: sax

Rebecca Bogue: dance

Geoff Bright: bass sax

Mark Browne: sax / percussion

Matt Dalby: voice / visual scores / objects

Annie Dee: foley / photography

Steve Dinsdale: percussion

Anthony Donovan: bass, voc, film

Andrew Duncan: synth

John Eyles: sax

Mike Fibes: guitar / electronics

Gary Fisher: gadgets

Chris Graham: foley

Chris Hancox: guitar

Matt Harling: saxobone

Chris Hill: clarinet

Lyn Hodnett: trumpet / cello / voice

Keith Jafrate: sax

Satya-Sara Khachik: dance

Noel Kidd: percussion

Phil Lucking: trumpet

Simon Partridge: guitar

Martin Pyne: vibes

Kris Reeder: trombone

Sean Reynard: otamatone

Colin Robinson: sax

Walt Shaw: percussion

Sonic Pleasure: masonry

Jan Todd: harps / vocal

Chris Warburton: sub-octave guitar

Julius Warburton: banjolele

Jonathon Watkiss: electronics

Gillian Whiteley: violin / accordion

Plus an opening set from Juxtavoices, 25 voice avantgarde performance poetry antichoir led by Martin Archer and Alan Halsey, now in their 9th year of disruption to the fabric of the universe.


Greentop Community Circus
74 Holywell Road
Sheffield S4 8AS

Date and Time, Sat, 26 October 2019, 19:00 – 21:00 BST

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