Program Notes for a performance by Dividual Machine at Birmingham City University
Improv/Lab with Dividual machine
In this session, Dividual machine, a momentary collective of sonic improvisers using a variety of instruments – bass, percussion, wind, voice, whistles (and a few surprises in pockets and up sleeves) – will work live with the idea of the ritournelle, or ‘refrain’, from Section 11 of Deleuze and Guattari’s: A thousand plateaus. The performance will incite a laboratory/conversation – about ‘improvisation’ in research and ‘research’ in improvisation – which will, hopefully “begin to bud ‘lines of drift’ with different loops, knots, speeds, movements, gestures, and sonorities” (Deleuze and Guattari: A thousand plateaus, 344).
In the band:
Orphy Robinson Vibes Pat Thomas Piano / electronics Walt Shaw Percussion / electronics Cleveland Watkiss Voice / electronics
Black Top are one of the regular star turns at Cafe OTO, London's hottest jazz room. Its two regular members Orphy Robinson and Pat Thomas are joined by different musicians for every gig. For Black Top #10, this first show outside London, they invited Walt and Cleveland Watkiss to join them.
In May 2014, an ad hoc band was put together for the opening of the International Print Exchange at Artsmith LIVE Gallery in Derby.
A rather special performance was dedicated to the late Alethe Barber, an artist who was close to the performers involved. This involved projected image and contemporary dance, integrated with a specially composed piece, loosely based on Purcell's 'Dido's Lament'.
In the band:
Walt Shaw Percussion Paul Dunmall Tenor Bruce Coates Soprano Corey Mwamba Vibes Seth Bennett Double bass Mark Sanders drums
The concert for the closing of Andy Coates' and Walt Shaw's gallery exhibition, Subjects and Structures, at Artsmith Live in Derby, 15 August 2015. This is from the middle of the first set. Since the music tends to grow from one section to another, I've left the sudden ending intact.