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trioVD formed in early 2005 as part of the Leeds Improvised Music Association (LIMA), a Leeds-based community of musicians, artists, DJs, and educators dedicated to the creation and promotion of contemporary improvised music. One of LIMA's many objectives is to reach out to the large audience in Leeds for alternative, or DIY, music. It was with this objective in mind that trioVD first began experimenting with the possible connections between open, improvised forms and structured composed sections. By focusing on the connections between the world of contemporary improvisation and contemporary alternative music, trioVD aims to be fully inclusive of, not only the jazz vocabulary, but the language and textures found in contemporary marginal music such as Lightning Bolt and Battles, Venetian Snares and Fennesz. This philosophy is carried through to performances in terms of the bands it has played with and the venues it has performed at. The eight dates on this tour cover venues and feature support bands from diverse backgrounds encompassing the art school experimental scene, contemporary electronica, alternative rock and Improv. Chris Sharkey was born in Gateshead in 1978. After spending his teenage years playing in garage rock bands he enrolled at Leeds College of Music to study jazz guitar and 20th century classical composition. He graduated in 1999 after winning the Eric Kershaw memorial prize for plectrum guitar two years running. After several years touring with various commercial projects Chris returned to Leeds in 2001 and has become an important part of Leeds? vibrant new music scene. He performs in numerous ensembles, is a lecturer in performance studies at Leeds College of Music, and is the chair of LIMA. After graduating from the Strasbourg Conservatoire in contemporary improvised music and composition in 2000, Christophe de Bezenac went on to study Sudanese gamelan music at The Institute for Traditional Performing Arts in West Java, Indonesia. He is currently undertaking a part-time PhD at the University of Leeds; his research interests include improvisatory genres, perception and cognition of music, instrumental experimentation, and human-computer interaction. Collaborating with musicians from diverse musical backgrounds, Christophe is actively involved in the Leeds/UK music scene and has performed at a number of contemporary music and jazz festivals including Musica, Gateshead International Jazz Festival, and London Jazz Festival. Canadian drummer Beau Stocker has followed his interests in jazz and improvised music to Leeds, where some of the newest and most creative sounds are emerging. His interests in ethnomusicology and percussion techniques from around the world has formed a foundation of unique sounds and concepts that he incorporates into his drum set playing style. Before arriving in the UK he had been a member of various blues and jazz bands in Toronto and played with the pop/rock band The Goldendogs. In addition to a tour of the UK, Denmark and Norway with Canadian blues guitarist Cal Batchelor earlier this year, Beau continues to perform with Afro-Cuban band Los Feos, and experiment with percussion instruments from India and Indonesia.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Please note that we cannot guarantee that any performances will take place: always check with the venue. The band line-up shown here may not necessarily be the one playing at the gig.
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