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Support for Small Venues in London

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As everyone knows, the amazing venues for live improv and experimental music in London have currently shut their doors and gigs are cancelled due to the pandemic. Double bummer!

I'm sure these places could use some support in order to stay afloat. Some have started soliciting donations on social media so here's a short list of those landing pages in one place for reference:

Horse Hospital
Hundred Years Gallery
Iklectik
Oto
SET
Vortex

Here are some equally great venues which are not yet actively soliciting donations as far as I can tell, but I'm sure they would welcome your support if you get in contact!

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Intimate Space
New River Studios

Here are some bars and such which are not used exclusively for gigs (and not necessarily soliciting donations either) but who host live improv and experimental music on a frequent and/or recurring basis. It would be a shame if anything happened to these places - I'm not as sure how to support them but give em a thought at least!

Beehive
Welsh Ch…

Vincent Carr's SUMIC: Rekindled

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My next interview is with Vincent Carr who is going to talk to us about Rekindled. Vince is an independent recording artist and composer who was my only regular collaborator throughout my years in Oxford. For anyone who's been following Navel-Gazers, Rekindled will seem an anomaly - this is an album of compositions with distinct melodies, rhythms, and even a few lyrics! like all my favorite recordings it's also a musical artefact with a substance of its own, percolating somewhere underneath the surface of the sounds and enduring after repeated listens... in fact if I had to choose one album to send up into a space capsule, it would be tempting to disorient the aliens with White Fog or slides but I would most certainly choose Rekindled. There's an amiable humanity to this music which seems to endear itself to most listeners - I'd encourage everyone to listen along to Rekindled as I speak to the man behind the music (that is, the SUMIC) Mr. Vince Carr.


AC: Firstly I know …

Sylvia Hallett: White Fog

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My next interview is with Sylvia Hallett who is going to talk to us about White Fog. Sylvia is a well-known figure in free improvisation whose music is extraordinarily creative and unique. She was one of my first connections when I first moved to London and she's always been forthcoming with the kind of anecdotes and insights which are perfect for Navel-Gazers. The album in question "White Fog" is one of my all-time favorite works in any medium: its pitch-shifted violins, bowed bicycle wheels and pastoral field recordings are sounds I've revisited numerous times and I'm delighted to have this discussion with Sylvia but before we start, I want to urge our readers to listen to "White Fog" in its entirety, through headphones!






AC: Thanks for doing this interview Sylvia. One thing I've learned doing a few of these is that some musicians find it surprising and a little disorienting at first, for the interview to be about a single album rather than their en…

Beaten Tooth: The Indian Lake

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My next interview is with Chris Anderson who is going to talk to us about The Indian Lake, a strange album he and Jeff Jackson recorded as "Beaten Tooth" at a cabin deep in the Adirondack region of New York, a decade ago. This is a work which so captivates me that I once ventured upstate myself in hopes of encountering phenomena such as the Great Spirit and the Ponderosa Beach which are conjured in its lyrics. Listening back to this music in order to prepare for our discussion I was instantly transported to that time and place and I was left with many questions for Chris. I doubt I will ever be able to decipher or comprehend the mysteries of The Indian Lake but let's see if I can come any closer.






AC: Indian Lake is located in upstate New York, which is where you grew up and also where you've lived for much of your adult life. However when "The Indian Lake" was recorded you were not living in upstate New York, you were actually living in Philadelphia which is…