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Feb 22, 2012

Tag Team Quartet – The Riverside – Sheffield – 22/02/12

Who
Tag Team Quartet
When
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
8:00pm - All Ages
Where
1 Mowbray Street
Sheffield, England S3 8EN
Other Info
Two hour straight performance where improvising musicians come in and out of an ongoing performance.
Nov 23, 2011

Takahashi\\\’s Shellfish Concern / COBRA Performance – Bluecoat – Liverpool – 23/11/11

Combine!

A new format from Frakture, an evening combining different artforms and performance styles. Tonight featuring, live paint, music and dance and John Zorn’s piece Cobra. An exceptional night and launch of “Combine” from the Frakture Team.

Takahashi’s Shellfish Concern,

Dave Birchall: Bekke Platt: dance/music duo

John Zorns’ Cobra perform by 20 musicians.

Takahashi Shellfish Concern

Angela Guyton – painting
Rodrigo Constanzo – electronics
Anton Hunter – electronics

Takahashi’s Shellfish Concern are an i mprovised music/visual art trio. Takahashi’s Shellfish Concern combines abstract expressionist visual art with experimental electronic-acoustic music to accentuate the similarities of both during improvised exchanges. Angela Guyton and Rodrigo Constanzo create a new event that requires the audience to consider this merger of music and art as a single expression.

The concept for Takahashi’s Shellfish Concern took shape in early 2006 back in their hometown, Miami, Florida. Rodrigo and Angela had both worked along similar lines in Failure, Arc of Beauty, and continued their collaboration after the group’s dissolution in 2006. Now based in Manchester England, Takahashi’s Shellfish Concern are performing with musician Anton Hunter across the UK

Dave Birchall: Bekke Platt : improvising duo comprising dancer and guitarist .

The duo started working together at the start of summer 2010 to develop works from a basis of improvisation and reflection on approaches they both brought from their respective mediums of expression. This collaborative process has lead to the development of a specific language of performance between the duo.

John Zorn’s Cobra : director Rodrigo Constanzo writes

”Cobra is either an often performed contemporary music composition, an improvisational game, a short attention span barrage of noise, a social experiment, or every piece of music you’ve (n)ever played or heard. I can’t be certain as to which it is or isn’t but I do know that it involves a group of performers, rules that should be read/understood before hand, a rather poorly made set of cue cards, and sometimes dirty headbands.

One thing that I know for certain, from years of involvement with the piece, is that no two performances are anything at all alike, even with the same performers, on the same day. It is not uncommon to find yourself laughing at the serendipity that happens during a performance, only to be still and solemn not three seconds later when a hand gesture made by a performer drives the performance into a completely new direction. At it’s most basic, it is a piece by and for improvisers. A system, or structure, that allows performers to interact in a variety of ways, that can change at the drop of a hat. Beyond that, anyone’s guess is as good as mine.” RC

Who
Takahashi's Shellfish Concern / COBRA Performance
When
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
7:30pm - All Ages
Where
School Lane
Liverpool, England L1 3BX
Other Info
Combine!

A new format from Frakture, an evening combining different artforms and performance styles. Tonight featuring, live paint, music and dance and John Zorn’s piece Cobra. An exceptional night and launch of “Combine” from the Frakture Team.

Takahashi’s Shellfish Concern,
Dave Birchall: Bekke Platt: dance/music duo
John Zorns’ Cobra perform by 20 musicians.

Takahashi Shellfish Concern

Angela Guyton - painting
Rodrigo Constanzo - electronics
Anton Hunter - electronics

Takahashi’s Shellfish Concern are an i mprovised music/visual art trio. Takahashi's Shellfish Concern combines abstract expressionist visual art with experimental electronic-acoustic music to accentuate the similarities of both during improvised exchanges. Angela Guyton and Rodrigo Constanzo create a new event that requires the audience to consider this merger of music and art as a single expression.

The concept for Takahashi's Shellfish Concern took shape in early 2006 back in their hometown, Miami, Florida. Rodrigo and Angela had both worked along similar lines in Failure, Arc of Beauty, and continued their collaboration after the group's dissolution in 2006. Now based in Manchester England, Takahashi’s Shellfish Concern are performing with musician Anton Hunter across the UK

Dave Birchall: Bekke Platt : improvising duo comprising dancer and guitarist .

The duo started working together at the start of summer 2010 to develop works from a basis of improvisation and reflection on approaches they both brought from their respective mediums of expression. This collaborative process has lead to the development of a specific language of performance between the duo.

John Zorn's Cobra : director Rodrigo Constanzo writes

”Cobra is either an often performed contemporary music composition, an improvisational game, a short attention span barrage of noise, a social experiment, or every piece of music you've (n)ever played or heard. I can't be certain as to which it is or isn't but I do know that it involves a group of performers, rules that should be read/understood before hand, a rather poorly made set of cue cards, and sometimes dirty headbands.

One thing that I know for certain, from years of involvement with the piece, is that no two performances are anything at all alike, even with the same performers, on the same day. It is not uncommon to find yourself laughing at the serendipity that happens during a performance, only to be still and solemn not three seconds later when a hand gesture made by a performer drives the performance into a completely new direction. At it's most basic, it is a piece by and for improvisers. A system, or structure, that allows performers to interact in a variety of ways, that can change at the drop of a hat. Beyond that, anyone's guess is as good as mine.” RC
Nov 5, 2011

Takahashi’s Shellfish Concern @ Tubers Music – St. Margaret’s Church – Whalley Range – 05/11/11

Takahashi’s Shellfish Concern at Tubers Music in Whalley Range.

For more info/pictures/sound visit :
http://www.takahashisshellfishconcern.com 

Who
Takahashi's Shellfish Concern @ Tubers Music
When
Saturday, November 5, 2011
8:00pm - All Ages
Where
St. Margaret's Church (map)
Rufford Road
Whalley Range, England M16 8AE
Oct 21, 2011

Improv duo with Johnny Hunter – St. Margaret’s Church – Whalley Range – 21/10/11

Who
Improv duo with Johnny Hunter
When
Friday, October 21, 2011
8:00pm - All Ages
Where
St. Margaret's Church (map)
Rufford Road
Whalley Range, England M16 8AE
Other Info
Performing an improv set on acoustic piano with Johnny Hunter on drums.
Oct 18, 2011

New Piano Trio – Sandbar – Manchester – 18/10/11

New piano trio with Mauricio Pauly on electric bass and Alex Tod on drums.

Who
New Piano Trio
When
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
7:30pm - All Ages
Where
120 Grosvenor Street
Manchester, England M1 7HL
Other Info
New piano trio with Mauricio Pauly on electric bass and Alex Tod on drums.
Feb 10, 2011

16 Figures

16 Figures

I’m very excited to release “16 Figures”, a improv trio CD I recorded last year with Ray Evanoff and Iain Harrison. After recording Ray’s duo ATEMNT for The Noise Upstairs records last year I proposed an improv project to Ray, which quickly turned into a trio with Iain on sax. The original idea was to have lots of short improv pieces, but after rehearsing and discussing ideas, we scrapped the short pieces idea and just left it completely open. I sort of glazed over what the actual idea was from the start for the sake of everyone involved, but let me just say that it involved a movie with Vin Diesel….

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Mar 28, 2010

NUS Label Launch Party

Label Launch Party

After joining The Noise Upstairs last year, Anton and I put a lot of things in motion to help The Noise Upstairs grow and improve. Among them have been excellent workshops, podcasts, and now a new Sheffield Noise Upstairs, but one of the biggest has been The Noise Upstairs Records. We just released our third CD by the amazing Huddersfield duo Atement (formerly Gift of Life, which performed back in November last year). We decided it was finally time to make a big deal about it so we had a label launch night party. Continue reading »

Feb 13, 2010

GEMDays Festival

gemdays

After speaking at the Max/MSP Symposium at last years GEMDays Festival, PA Tremblay mentioned that he’s going to try to get me to perform at this years festival. One year later, it came to pass. I shared the night with Phil Archer. We were both interviewed before the concert, which was wonderful to hear how similar our paths had been, even though the results were rather different (we were both still playing on the ‘circuit-bending’ night). Continue reading »

Jan 25, 2010

Xiu Xiu & me and you

Xiu Xiu

So like, one of my bands, Deaf To Van Gogh’s Ear is opening up for Xiu Xiu next month (February 23rd). This is super, absolutely, truly, amazing. It’s the second time we’ve opened up for someone ‘starstruck-able’, the first time being when we opened up for Extra Life last year.

Awesome.

Nov 17, 2009

Piano + Laptop Improv

Piano and Laptop

Had the opportunity to open up for Ingrid Laubrock as part of The Noise Upstairs Presents. Since the venue (Cross Street Chapel) has a nice grand piano, I decided to forgo my recent ‘solo drums’ improv and do a piano set. I invited Scott Hewitt to join me on Laptop/Sampling. We hadn’t rehearsed prior to the gig, and had only played together as part of larger ensembles at Inclusive Improv sessions, so it it’s pretty fresh as far as fresh goes. Continue reading »

Nov 2, 2009

Takahashi on Tour

TSC Tour

Just finished a tour with Takahashi’s Shellfish Concern. It was amazing. We played in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, London, Huddersfield, and finally Manchester. Some amazing highs (Edinburgh & London), and some horrible lows (Glasgow). Continue reading »

Sep 27, 2009

Drum & Bass: And The Horse You Rode In On

DnB Release

I am very excited to present “Drum & Bass : And The Horse You Rode In On”. This is a duo CD with PA Tremblay that was recorded in early 2009.

We shared a stage in 2008 and after exchanging some e-mails we decided to hit the studio. I showed up at Huddersfield University’s Studio with my ‘drums’ setup. PA had his 6-string fretless bass + Laptop setup, and we let it roll. After months of editing and mixing we carved out this gem. It’s 13 tracks of pure joy. The improvs range from textural laptop-scapes, to grimy stutter-hop, to some smooth jazz, and many other things that I can’t pretend to come up with names for (those above are inadequate enough). Continue reading »

May 23, 2009

DRUM & BASS : And The Horse You Rode In On

DnB Release

The recording session I did with PA Tremblay back in February is finally coming into shape. The title is going to be “DRUM & BASS AND THE HORSE YOU RODE IN ON”, and above is the cover art, as usual, by Angela Guyton. We’re still narrowing down tracks and working on general mix/edit stuff, but I’m very excited about the project. It’s all improvisations that range from textural laptop-scapes, to grimy stutter-hop, to some smooth jazz, and many other things that I can’t pretend to come up with names for (those above are inadequate enough).

We’re both very busy at the moment, but it should hopefully be out in a couple of months as, most probably, a self-released, hand silk-screened type thing.

May 5, 2009

I AM YOUR DENSITY : Live in Glasgow

Density Glasgow

I submitted “I AM YOUR DENSITY” to an open call for works for the Red Note ensemble, and it was one of the chosen pieces. I asked my ‘usuals’, and Angie, Anton, Ramsey, and Holly all agreed to take part, and make the drive up with me (Anton actually did the driving). Continue reading »

May 2, 2009

Deaf To Van Gogh’s EP Release

DTVGE

After several months of work, my band, Deaf To Van Gogh’s Ear, finally finished our EP entitled “We Call Them Accidents Because We Don’t Want Them To Happen”. It’s a five song EP and we’re having a release party at Kro Bar in Manchester on the 2nd of May. The EP will be available for sale on the night, as well as on my Store page, and the DVTGE page for £4. Continue reading »

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Rodrigo Constanzo
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