27 April 2014
The Ship & Mitre, 133 Dale Street, Liverpool L3 2JH
Dunning/Webster duo plus support act The Eric Wilson Trio
abstract and dynamic improv: extended technique saxophone and turntable with specially recorded dub-plates
Colin Webster improvises exploring a strict palette of minimal saxophone sounds, with an emphasis on breath and mechanical noises over “pure/natural” notes. No effects or external processing are applied to the saxophone sound. The aim is to produce sounds that could be interpreted by the listener as synthetic or electronic in nature. Graham Dunning uses cheap DJ turntables and dubplates of his own field recordings, avoiding scratch DJ techniques in favour of a palette of noise, hum, crackle, drone and scraping sounds. In parts he also plays the platter itself, the case and lid, and employs brushes, dentistry tools and pencils in sound making.
The duo have played together live numerous times in this setup and in various other improvising ensembles ranging from free jazz to noise. Their current album, Estigate, is available now on the Linear Obsessional label. The duo will tour the UK and play in Zurich and Geneva in March and April 2014.