Mick Beck is one of the world's best virtuoso tenor sax and bassoon players. He began free improvising in the hotbed of 1980's London jazz scene, citing Sonny Rollins and Eric Dolphy as his main influences in the genre.
Moving to Sheffield in the 1990's he met and played with Derek Bailey and through to 2004, along with Martin Archer, John Jasnoch and Charlie Collins, he was one of the lead organisers of Sheffield's Other Music, a bastion of the UK 's free music scene for 22 years. He continues to play with and influence many people from all over the world, both while travelling and regularly opening up his own home as the underground venue known to locals as 'Over the Top' or simply 'Mick's House'.
Mick has worked with many great musicians such as saxists J.D. Parran to Alan Wilkinson, guitarists Derek Bailey to Hugh Metcalf, percussionists Tony Buck to Steve Noble and Paul Hession, bassists Marcio Mattos to Simon Fell, pianists Chris Burn to Stephen Grew and Pat Thomas. In recent years he has worked with Chris Cundy, John Edwards, Alex Ward, Paul Hession, Chris Corsano (Bjork, Sunburned) Phil Marks, John Russell, Phil Morton, Charlie Collins, Tom 'Squarepusher' Jenkinson and many more.
In this revealing documentary Mick is interviewed by Jonny Drury about his personal and public musical life, from childhood to present day. The fast paced, yet reflective film is interspersed with much live footage, recordings and photographs, demonstrating truly exceptional diversity in over thirty years of playing. Interviews with a number of Mick's contemporaries bolster the view that Mick is at the centre of the dynamic powerhouse of spontaneous composing. The film is a fast paced and fun yet deeply revealing foray into a most misunderstood form of creative expression, known as free music.
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Sunday, April 28, 2013 7:30pm
Notes & Sounds presents at Bar Abbey:
MOPOMOSO On Tour
Celebrating 21 years of the best of free improvised music.
The tour aims to both showcase the work of Mopomoso to a wider audience, and promote the ideas and artists of each city. With a firm focus on free improvisation, musical references range from jazz, rock, folk, classical, electronic, world and computer-generated music, and represent the broad brushstroke spirit of inclusion embodied in the Mopomoso aesthetic.
On the evening there will be 5 performances :
EVAN PARKER : saxophones
JOHN EDWARDS : bass
JOHN RUSSELL : guitar
PAT THOMAS : solo piano/electronics
ALISON BLUNT : violin
DAVID LEAHY : bass
BENEDICT TAYLOR : viola
KAY GRANT : voice
ALEX WARD : clarinet
MICK BECK : bassoon & whistles
EUN-JUNG KIM : komungo
JOHN JASNOCH : ud
CHARLIE COLLINS : waterphone & percussion
Mopomoso stands for MOdernismPOstMOdernism SO what? and was founded in 1991 by guitarist John Russell and pianist/trumpeter Chris Burn to promote improvised music and its relationship to other forms of contemporary music making. Mopomoso has since presented hundreds of concerts, special events and workshops.
This promises to be one of our most exciting concerts of the year.
SUNDAY 28th APRIL 2013
BAR ABBEY, Old Abbeydale Cinema,
383 Abbeydale Road, Sheffield S7 1FS
5 pounds entrance. Doors open 7.30pm.
Performance will begin at 8.00pm prompt in order to finish by 11.00pm