St Werburgh's Church

Saturday 25 May, 2013 - 3:30pm


_scape join forces with The Noise Upstairs for CAF2013, to present Fuse


An afternoon of musical treats featuring:


Rodrigo Constanzo — live improv ‘drums’

Wire Assembly — Neil Carver/Ian Simpson/John Jasnoch: electric guitars

Ian Vine — guitar and electronics

Norman Skipp — clarinet and electronics (featuring Sarah Masters)

                           cor anglais and electronics (featuring Bethan Roberts)

The Lineup:

Rodrigo Constanzo will be performing a live set of improvised music using his 'drums' setup which includes very little drums at all. A three piece, nearly child's sized kit, is modified, and augmented by home made electronic instruments including a three tiered zither like instrument, 'electronic whisks', circuit-bent drum machines, a nearly endless amount of brick-a-brack, and a vibrating sex toy, for good measure.
The recent addition of a laptop and monome controller adds an additional layer of glitched out electronics including realtime concatenative synthesis and live sampling/processing.

Neil Carver/Ian Simpson/John Jasnoch: electric guitars
The guitar trio Wire Assembly have been resurrected/disinterred after 20 years of hibernation. John Jasnoch and Neil Carver have coerced Ian Simpson into being the Third Man. Covering an enormous range of sound from a blue tit pecking at an aluminium milk bottle top (there were milk bottles when they last played) to apocalyptic calamity we do recommend that you join us in this re-animation

Ian Vine is the composer of over 5000 individual works and other pieces

Norman Skipp is a NZ/UK composer/sonic artist who devotes himself to creating innovative sound and visual compositions in collaboration with a diverse range of artists. Norm will be joined by clarinetist Sarah Masters to perform the first Manchester rendering of 'of breath' and Bethan Roberts on Cor Anglais for a reinterpretation of 'Meditaion on Place' from Safe In Sound

New Zealand clarinettist Sarah Masters has lived in the UK since 2002 and having graduated from the RNCM with a MMus, PGDip and PPRNCM she now performs extensively as a solo, chamber and orchestral musician. Playing regularly with the UK’s top professional orchestras including the Hallé Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Northern Sinfonia and Opera North, she has also performed chamber recitals throughout the UK with Katabatic Winds, Undici Chamber Ensemble and the Akoka Quartet, with whom she toured New Zealand in 2012. Sarah has a keen interest in the performance of contemporary music and has given a number of premiere performances of new works both in New Zealand and the UK, including the UK premiere of Scott McAlister’s Black Dog for Clarinet and Wind Orchestra at the 2004 BASBWE International Wind Festival.


Bethan studied music at Manchester University, and then at the RNCM. Since then she has enjoyed a varied career as a freelance oboist, from playing with major orchestras, such as Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC Philharmonic, to performing on a tour with Il Divo. Chamber music has always been a huge part of her musical life and she is a member of several groups, giving regular recitals and workshops. In May 2011, as a member of Manchester Reed Trio, she travelled to Dijon, France, as special guests on a European Exchange of Reed Trios, where they performed a newly commissioned work ‘Obsidian’ by Norman Skipp. Bethan is also a keen composer and arranger, having had a student composition performed by the Lindsay String Quartet. Improvisation has become an additional musical interest and Bethan regularly frequents The Noise Upstairs. Also Bethan has had the pleasure of performing with _scape at many of their performances for Chorlton Arts Festival.

Manchester Reed Trio

Many thanks to the suoer talented Angela Guyton for loaning her still for the poster