Opening the event, a rough cut of the work-in-progress film ‘Unpredictable: The Art of Terry Day’ will be premiered. The film by Blanca Regina has been three years in the making. With extensive footage of live performances, interviews with a large number of Terry's friends and colleagues and featuring many of his unseen artworks, the film is extraordinary and gripping.
The companion book is profusely illustrated in colour and includes an introduction by the editor Blanca Regina as well as essays by David Toop, Steve Beresford and Terry Day himself.
These three pioneers of the British Improvised music scene will also be performing during the event. Beresford, Day and Toop have pursued daring sound explorations for more than thee decades in various solo, duo, and seminal group combinations, including Alterations, The Three Pullovers, The People Band, General Strike, The 49 Americans, The Promenaders, and London Improvisers Orchestra.
The intense focus on the multi-layered London experimental music and art scene aims to activate a polymorphic experience dipping into this ever-fertile artistic community encompassing generations of creative improvisers.
Unpredictable Series is a series curated by Blanca Regina and Steve Beresford featuring films, exhibitions, talks, workshops, performances and publications.
Terry Day is an improviser, multiinstrumentalist, lyricist, songwriter, visual artist and poet, a first generation pioneer improviser from the 1960s. He formed a duo with Derek Bailey (late 60s / early 70s) and was a regular member of The Continuous Music Ensemble, People Band and, later on Alterations with Toop, Beresford & Pete Cusack. Since then he has collaborated with many musical luminaries, groups, dancers, painters, poets and performed in theatre.
Blanca Regina is an artist, educator and curator who focuses on live performance, music and moving image. She works in free improvisation, solo and collectively. She has worked with Matthias Kispert, Leafcutter John, Steve Beresford, Terry Day, John White & Sharon Gal among others.
Steve Beresford is a composer, musician and arranger, a veteran of countless bands from the Slits, The Frank Chickens to the Melody Four. He has been a central figure in the British improvising scene for over thirty years, working with the likes of Derek Bailey, Evan Parker and Han Bennink.
David Toop is a composer/musician, author and curator based in London with experience in many fields of sound art and music. He has performed with artists ranging from John Zorn, Evan Parker and Bob Cobbing to Akio Suzuki, Elaine Mitchener, Scanner and Max Eastley.