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SPARCfest 2018: Union Division




Coinciding with the 2018 SPARC Symposium, a performance by Union Division, comprising leading figures from the UK improvised music scene, with their daring and creative approach to spontaneous music.

For full details of the SPARC events on 11th-15th September, please see the symposium listing, or visit the SPARC website:

Following on from the work of, amongst others, John Zorn, Sun Ra, Christian Wolff, Anthony Braxton, Barry Guy and ICP Orchestra, Union Division present a new practice that brings compositional structures into the improvised situation, and explores the power dynamics at play within large ensemble interaction. The ensemble works with a lexicon of musical mechanisms and accompanying hand signs whereby players are able to nominate themselves to take temporary control, and attempt to coordinate the group in various ways. Each player has equal power to shape the performance, able to make compositional decisions whilst maintaining their improvisational freedoms. The music is generated through constantly renewed free-associations between the players and given materials, each piece constructed in real time by the hive mind of the group.


Moss Freed (guitar), Elliot Galvin (piano), Otto Willberg (double bass), Rachel Musson (tenor sax), Chris Williams (alto sax), Sam Eastmond (trumpet), Laura Jurd (trumpet), Rosanna Ter-Berg (flutes), PA Tremblay (electronics), Tullis Rennie (trombone), Brice Catherin (cello), James Maddren (drums), Will Glaser (drums)

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7.00pm - 8.30pmTuesday 11th September 2018

Performance Space College Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 4PB United Kingdom

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