Comprising leading figures from the UK improvised music scene, Union Division performs a selection of pieces from Moss Freed’s Micromotives: a daring and anarchic approach to spontaneous music, with improvisation, collaboration and sociality at its core.
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Union Division was formed in early 2018. It currently constitutes a pool of 28 players with each outing showcasing a unique formation of improvisers. Micromotives is an open work, continuing to evolve and expand with each performance.
The group has no single leader, with players equally empowered to shape the performance, able to take temporary control, and coordinate the group in various ways. Building on the pioneering, open-form and jazz-derived work of composers such as John Zorn, Anthony Braxton, Sun Ra, Christian Wolff, Terry Riley and Pauline Oliveros, Union Division's music can move quickly between cinematic soundscapes, head-spinning grooves and raucous, skronky interplay, each piece being constructed in real time by the hive mind of the group.
“...one of the most intriguing collective improvisations perhaps ever seen…this novel methodology could just pave the way for something huge” Jazz Journal