On a cold winter’s evening, on the 17th January, London improvisers Mark Sanders, Rachel Musson and John Edwards met at I’Kletctik Art Lab in South London to record a live album in front of an invited audience. The result, Bibimbap is released on 5th August 2016 on Two Rivers Records and is having its send- at a special Two Rivers Records launch event on 3rd August at Cafe Oto, The London venue for improvised music.
Rachel Musson – tenor saxophone
Rachel Musson is a saxophonist, improviser and composer living in London, UK. She is involved with a variety of improvisation projects, including a trio with Hannah Marshall and Julie Kjaer, a duo with vibraphonist Corey Mwamba, and a trio with Mark Sanders and John Edwards. She has released two albums under her own name, one featuring Liam Noble and Mark Sanders (Tatterdemalion, Babel Records), and one featuring her ensemble Skein (Flight Line, F-ire Recorded Music). She also plays with the London Improvisers Orchestra and Alex Ward’s Quintet and Sextet, and has performed with a diverse range of musicians on the fluid European improvising scene, including Alcyona Mick, Han Bennink, Liam Noble, Gail Brand, Eddie Prevost, Olie Brice, Federico Ughi, Mary Halvorson, John Russell, Adam Linson, Sebastian Rochford, Louis Moholo-Moholo, Pat Thomas, among many others.
‘vigorous, confident, restless, searching, extemporaneous music of a very high order,’ Kevin McNeill
Mark Sanders – drums
Mark Sanders has been acclaimed as “the most exciting, original and overwhelmingly powerful drummer alive” (Steve Reynolds, Jazz Corner) and his precise and propulsive drumming has graced projects with, to name but a few, Evan Parker, Jah Wobble, Broadcast, Agusti Fernandez, Christian Marclay, Matthew Shipp, John Butcher, Roswell Rudd, Henry Grimes and Otomo Yoshihide.
‘ubiquitous, diverse and constantly creative, drummer Mark Sanders always outdoes himself, whether playing with restraint or erupting like a dynamo.”‘Bruce L Gallenter, Downtown Music Gallery. NY
John Edwards – bass
John Edwards is a true virtuoso whose staggering range of techniques and boundless musical imagination have redefined the possibility of the double bass and dramatically expanded its role, whether playing solo or with others. Perpetually in demand, he has played with Evan Parker, Sunny Murray, Derek Bailey, Joe McPhee, Lol Coxhill, Peter Brötzmann, Mulatu Astatke and many others.
‘I think John Edwards is absolutely remarkable: there’s never been anything like him before, anywhere in jazz.’ – Richard Williams, The Blue Moment
Photo by Alex Bonney