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Free Range photography and drawing show by Kamila Lobuzinska and Dane Richards.

Free Range’s resident photographer, Kamila Lobuzinska, has been capturing moments at our events for over two years. Consisting entirely of black and white photographs taken on 35mm film, these images remind us of the people, the diversity and the weirdness of these events. Threaded through these photographs are drawings by Dane Richards, made in response to specific events and performers at Free Range.

This exhibition will be in Garage Coffee for the whole of September. Prints and postcards will be available in exchange for suggested donations to Free Range.

Opening this evening, and marking the beginning of the Autumn series of events, is a special poetry reading by prize-winning historical novelist and occasional neo-dadaist performance poet, Tim Armstrong.

Black Top, the duo of multi-instrumentalist/vibraphonist Orphy Robinson and pianist Pat Thomas, is a shape-shifting unit dedicated to exploring the intersection between live instruments and lo-fi technology. Their virtuosoic, freely improvised performances combine twisted loops, samples and dub-effects, which draw on their Afro-Caribbean roots, with a spontaneity and daring rooted in experimental free jazz.

‘An evening of surpassing invention and ambition, there might be a more creative, more engaging and more inspiring gig at this year’s London Jazz Festival. But I somehow doubt it.’ (The Arts Desk)

Presented in collaboration with The Jazz Sessions, the Gulbenkian and Free Range.

It’s Morning is a new live film and music collaboration featuring Mercury-nominated jazz rock band Led Bib. This project represents several new directions for the band: each of the tracks on their new album are songs featuring vocalists Sharron Fortnam and Jack Hues, the performance is based around a screening of a specially commissioned film by Dylan Pecora, they will be joined by VJ Oli Chilton for their live shows and they have a new keyboardist in the form of the prodigiously inventive Eliot Galvin. This performance at the Gulbenkian Cinema is part of their UK tour and promises to be an amazing show.

‘Part free improv, part art-rock, the band’s uncompromising formula puts them
in the vanguard of the new school of British jazz.’ (The Sunday Times)

‘Rarely have two saxes, keyboards, bass and drums sounded so dangerous yet so compelling.’ (The Guardian)


Led Bib It’s Morning film trailer:

In bloom Live, pianist Will Dutta shapes his collaborations with Warp Records’ legends Plaid and Friendly Fires’ front-man Ed Macfarlane through temporary connections with club culture, minimalism and more. His two studio albums, Parergon (Just Music, 2012) and bloom (SWD, 2017), delve into the sonic possibilities of electronic club music and notated minimalism to reveal hyper-colourful textures and a personal musical language. His music has been described as ‘one of the most deeply rejuvenating musical experiences we’ve come across’ (Noisey) and as having a ‘sublime musical surface’ (M-Magazine). This performance is presented by Studio Will Dutta as part of The 20/19 Project.

This evening starts with a vinyl playback of Brian Eno’s Another Green World (Island, 1975). Classic Album Sunday events are immersive sessions, combining communal listening with an audiophile sound system and discussion on the featured album. CAS’s Gina Lapsley will sketch the album’s background and we will then listen to the album in its entirety, before chatting with Will Dutta about how Brian Eno has influenced his creative work.

In 2014 the Elliot Galvin Trio won the European Young Jazz Artist of the Year Award and released their debut album Dreamland to rave reviews: ‘Audaciously accomplished’ (Guardian); ‘One of the strongest debuts that I’ve heard from a UK artist in a long while…extremely bold and progressive’ (BBC Radio 3). In 2018 their album The Influencing Machine was album of the year in both Downbeat Magazine and Jazzwise.

In 2019 they recorded their new album Modern Times direct to vinyl in one continuous take with no intermediate recording or mixing. This use of pre-digital technology in our age can be heard as a statement of confidence, honesty and ‘making something analogue as a quiet form of protest’ (Eliot Galvin). Expect an extraordinary performance.

‘He’s the kind of artist you always want to stay tuned in to, because you know he’s going to keep on coming up with surprises.’ (The Guardian)

This is an evening of two unique and contrasting improvising duos.

Paul Cheneour (flutes) and Ansuman Biswas (percussion) have been playing together in various contexts since 1996. Over the years they have followed their own individual journeys, weaving together contemplative practices and inspirational music and gaining prestigious acclaim. Throughout these journeys, they have both maintained a devotion to the live moment, a responsiveness to place and time through improvisation. They offer a sound as soothing as it is provocative, a sound as resonant in the yoga studio as it is in the jazz club or the concert hall, a sound which arises spontaneously in the present moment and is co-created by its audience.

Philipp Wachsmann (violin) and David Leahy (double bass) have recently a duo album called Translated Space on the FMR label. Described by The Vortex as ‘one of the finest violinists working in improvised music today’, Philipp was born in Uganda and comes from a contemporary classical background, studying with Nadia Boulanger, Henri Possuer and Pierre Boulez in the late 1960’s. He has since become one of the most established violinists in the world of free improvisation, playing regularly with Evan Parker, Derek Bailey, Tony Marsh and many more. The double bassist and dancer David Leahy plays with an expressive abandon and a sensitivity to space and gesture that creates a unique tension between highly reactive, modernist sonic detail and a playful, almost clown-like, grace.

This event is part of the Canterbury festival and is co-promoted by the Marlowe Theatre, The Canterbury Festival and Free Range. PLEASE NOTE ENTRY IS NOT FREE FOR THIS EVENT.

It’s the moment of your death. There’s a magic button. Do you delete your entire online legacy? Or do you keep it and leave the choice for someone else? User Not Found is about our digital identities after we die. This new play by celebrated site-specific company Dante or Die and pioneering writer Chris Goode is performed through smartphones and headphones; become a fly on the wall as one man is faced with keeping or deleting. A story of contemporary grief unfolds through this intimate, funny performance that interrogates our need for connection.

1000 Boats is a new band led by bassist Liran Donin featuring some of the UK’s most exciting musicians: Chris Williams (Let Spin) on alto sax, Josh Arcoleo (Native Dancer) on tenor sax, Maria Chiara Argiro (These New Puritans) on piano and Ben Brown (Waaju).

Liran brings the double bass to the forefront and directs the music with his distinctive powerhouse groove-based virtuosic playing. This is passionate music making charged with influences from Liran’s Israeli and Moroccan background.

Their debut album 8 Songs was album of the month in the Guardian and was voted one of the best 10 jazz albums of 2018. It was also included in the top 10 releases of 2018 in Jazzwise where it was described as a ‘cultural and musical statement of fierce beauty’.

Descriptions like ‘the Meredith Monk of French chanson’ or ‘experimental folk’ don’t do justice to the music of Léonore Boulanger. Her new album Practice Chanter has a Django-Bates-style playful complexity, an uncompromising eclecticism, elements of prog-rock, Persian classical music, musique concrete and the charm of 1970’s French pop music.

‘On their fourth album of deconstructed chanson, Boulanger and Jean-Daniel Botta, assisted by drummer and percussionist Laurent Seriès, have taken a major step up … Practice Chanter could be likened to a mosaic, due to the sheer quantity and variety of sonic fragments that is somehow made to cohere in these 16 wild, wonderful tracks … as noisy as it is brilliant.’ (The Quietus)

The Scottish singer and bass player Howie Reeve has been described as an ‘idiosyncratic and progressive’ alt troubadour (Louder Than War). His songs combine Zappa-esque prog-rock quirks and sophistication with a down-to-earth folk-punk storytelling spirit but they remain out of reach of coherent catergorisation or comparison. You just have to hear him.

It is 100 years since the Bauhaus art school was founded. The University of the Creative Arts is celebrating this centenary with a week of events that will see students and staff and visiting artists collaborating across artistic boundaries. Students of animation, illustration, fine art, architecture and design have been invited to work with the Free Range Orchestra to create scores, costumes, choreography and installations inspired by the spirit of the Bauhaus school. Anyone who came to the UCA takeover of Free Range last year will know that this is going to be a spectacular event.

The saxophonist Trevor Watts founded the Spontaneous Music Ensemble with drummer John Stevens in 1965. Since then he has recorded at least 116 albums playing with a huge range of musicians such as Don Cherry, Archie Shepp, Steve Lacy, Keith Tippett and Veryan Weston to name just a handful. Out of the many bands Trevor has ran and played with, one of the most remarkable was a series of extraordinary large improvising groups called Moiré Music that were heavily influenced by various forms of African music.

For this performance Trevor Watts is joined by the pianist Stephen Grew, whose virtuosity, grace and precision can be likened to Cecil Taylor. ‘Stephen Grew hurls unrelenting, high-speed Conlon Nancarrow-style runs, his breathlessly impressive freneticism hinting at a sombre melody concealed somewhere deep within the army-of-crabs attack.’ (The List)

Trevor and Stephen say ‘our inspiration comes from making the music and making it from the blank canvas of raw performance, in tandem with many years of experience. The music oscillates from outright raw energy to spacious more abstract refinery, we hold no caveat for our audience’s emotional responses … what is important to us, is that people enjoy the music from any emotional angle.’

Trevor Watts

Stephen Grew!

This trio features three of the best musicians currently working in the European free-improvisation scene.

‘The level of rapport and collective virtuosity is astonishing, as the trio negotiates rapidly transforming moodscapes with attentive and playful creativity … Veering from punchy confrontation to breath-held spacious emptiness via distant rumble-gong-shimmer, each track … contains more ideas than most other bands’ entire albums.’ (Jazzwise)


Shipwreck is a collaboration between the musician Sam Bailey, the artist Donna Fitzgerald and the designer Ole Henriksen. This music, recorded in 2016 and built from fragments of things Sam had written and forgotten over the past decade, feels like pieces of wreckage being carried along by great waves before being washed up on the shore, tender and fresh. Donna responded by making hundreds of drawings, acetates and prints that expand the music’s sense of falling or being lost at sea. Finally, the designer Ole Henriksen used Donna’s artwork to make an animation and the packaging for a proposed vinyl release of the project.

This performance will include an exhibition of artwork by Donna Fitzgerald.

For our last event of the season Free Range is proud to present the seminal and highly influential free-improvisation group, AMM. This performance features two of the musicians who formed the band in 1965, Eddie Prevost (percussion) and Keith Rowe (guitar/sounds), alongside long-term collaborator John Tilbury (piano).

‘The group’s sonic conception in its totality is so enveloping and comprehensive that, once heard, it becomes impossible to hear music the same way again. Recent devotees of electronica, free improv, industrial, and noise bands owe it to themselves to check out their primary source: AMM.’ (Allmusic)

‘AMM music may initially seem impenetrable, but it sure as hell penetrates you. Soon the desired state is instilled in the listener; a rapt vacancy somewhere between supreme concentration and utter absent-mindedness.’ (Melody Maker)

Free Range is a charity based in Canterbury that presents an award-winning series of experimental music, film and poetry events with a policy of free-entry.

Our events happen at 7.30pm every Thursday from October to March and they take place at Garage Coffee @ Fruitworks, 1-2 Jewry Lane, Canterbury, CT1 2NR.

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