Matthew Barley/Cellist

Without music, life would be an error.

Friedrich Nietzsche


One my most satisfying, profound and just downright musical improvisation experiences ever has been with a group named Spontonality that was dreamed up with old friend Tim West, who then organised it with creativity and flair so five of us ended up in the most beautiful place imaginable for an impro week in Cornwall – Kestle Barton studios. We explored all the possible different combinations of the five of us – all the solos, duos, trios and quartets, with Tim on piano, Tony woods on saxes, Julian Bliss on clarinets, and Torbjorn Hultmark on trumpet/soprano trombone/electronics/bird noises/shouting/coffee mug and chair. There were moments of sublime magic, utter madness, serene happiness, funk/12tone/free jazz and everything in between. Here is the last 10′ of the week on soundcloud if you want a listen – and let me know what you think.

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