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In the lead up to Chicago legends Henry Threadgill and Anthony Braxton’s double bill at the Barbican, two cutting-edge Avant-Garde duos will be performing - presenting the best of free improvisation in the UK at the EFG London Jazz Festival.
Complete Communion - A Showcase of Free Improvisation, 4:30pm - 6:30pm
16:30 - 17:00 - Johnny Hunter + John Pope
Named by Jazzwise as an "artist to watch", Johnny Hunter is a Manchester-based drummer, composer and bandleader. His compositional focus is in developing techniques for composing for improvisers; to make the most of their skills in interpreting the music whilst retaining a strong compositional identity. John Pope is a bass player and composer based in the North East of England. His main focus as a creative musician explores the boundaries and combinations of jazz, free improvisation, rock and experimental music.
17:00 - 17:15 - Interval
17:15 - 17:45- Caroline Kraabel + John Edwards
London-based improviser, saxophonist, artist and composer, Caroline Kraabel, has performed and recorded with many other excellent improvisers, including Robert Wyatt, Louis Moholo, Cleveland Watkiss and Hyelim Kim. In 2022 Kraabel brought together a large group made up of all sorts of women, non-binary, and transgender improvisers: ONe_Orchestra New. John Pope is a bass player and composer based in the North East of England. His main focus as a creative musician explores the boundaries and combinations of jazz, free improvisation, rock and experimental music.
17:45 - 18:00 - Interval
18:00 - 18:30 - Collective set
Kevin Le Gendre speaks to the CHICAGOxLONDON’s avant-garde jazz musicians Ben LaMar Gay and Alabaster DePlume about their unique collaboration, set to open this year’s opening show at the Barbican.