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Future Currents - Debut EP Launch - EFG London Jazz Festival
Tue 15 November 2016, 20:00 – 22:30 GMT
ALEX ROTH – guitar, effects
CHRIS MONTAGUE – guitar, effects
CHRIS SHARKEY – guitar, effects
Future Currents is the electric guitar ensemble formed by composer/improviser ALEX ROTH with the aim of exploring the full range of the guitar's sonic potential and contributing to a redefinition of the instrument's role in 21st century experimental music. Bringing together some of the UK's most acclaimed improvising guitarists, including members of TROYKA, TRIOVD, and BLUE-EYED HAWK, the ensemble creates new music of extremes – expansive soundscapes informed by composers like Morton Feldman, Frank Zappa, Olivier Messiaen and Richard D James as well as pioneering guitarists like Fred Frith, Robert Fripp, Ben Monder, Marc Ducret and Bill Frisell. The
Guitarist, composer, improviser, producer and interdisciplinary artist Alex Roth is gaining a reputation across the UK as "one of contemporary music’s most innovative and impressive talents" (musicOMH). Drawing inspiration from dance, film, literature and visual art as well as a wide range of musical traditions, Alex's work ranges across boundaries, and he regularly collaborates with leading figures from the jazz, improv, contemporary classical, alternative folk and electronic music communities, as well as choreographers, designers, visual and digital artists.
One of the most innovative guitarists to emerge from the UK in recent years, Chris Montague is widely recognised for his skills as a composer and performer. As a founder member of Troyka he has garnered a reputation for his distinctive approach to the guitar and has gained much acclaim for his contributions to many contemporary recordings.
Chris Sharkey is an improviser, composer and producer based in Leeds. He was a member of trioVD and Acoustic Ladyland and now plays in Shiver and makes solo music under the name Survival Skills. He is also a passionate music educator.