I’ve just got back from a long weekend in Cornwall at the stunning Wooda Farm. It was the first of two weekends organised by Sound And Music under their Portfolio banner, and I’m pleased to report I had a great time with Seth Bennett (bass), Shaun Blezard (electronics), Julie Kjaer (alto sax & flute), Shelly Knotts (electronics) and Rachel Musson (tenor sax).
The weekend was spent improvising in different combinations (from solo to septet), listening to records, discussing all aspects of playing, all under the direction of Steve Beresford, who’s knowledge of improvised music, it’s creators and archivists seems to be second to none. Thanks no doubt to our hosts Max and Gary, the whole weekend seemed simultaneously very relaxing and very productive. Having space and time to explore this music is a real blessing, and I’m looking forward to our return visit in June already, not least because hopefully it won’t quite so stormy and I can play more outdoors.
Here’s a gif of us (click on it if it’s not moving).
And a picture of some ducks.