17th SEATTLE IMPROVISED MUSIC FESTIVAL

Phil Durrant & Mark Sanders

Friday, June 28 · On The Boards Studio Theater · 100 W Roy · 8 PM · $10



Since 1977, Phil Durrant (violin, electronics) has been a freelance musician, improviser, and composer. He has performed at festivals all over Europe, the U.S., and Canada and has had his music broadcast on radio and television in many countries. His current electronic projects include Ticklish, Secret Measures (with John Butcher), Lunge, and the international electronic orchestra Mimeo (with Keith Rowe, Christian Fennesz, Thomas Lehn, Kaffe Matthews, Cor Fuhler, Rafael Toral, and others). He plays violin in the groups Assumed Possibilities, Beinhaltung, and Chris Burn's Ensemble, in a very influential trio with saxophonist John Butcher and guitarist John Russell, and in the string quartet Quatuor Accorde with Tony Wren, Charlotte Hug, and Mark Wastell. He has performed with many important figures in contemporary music, including Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Grooverider, Shut Up and Dance, John Zorn, Phil Minton, and Tom Cora. He has also been awarded various British Arts Council grants to research and develop his use of electronics.

"Durrant manages to be crafty and crazy at once. Truly an original" — Ben Watson


Mark Sanders' many involvements require him to be extremely versatile, playing with jazz, rock, and improvising musicians around the world including the Gnawas from Morocco, Spanish Gypsies , French rappers, Jah Wobble's groups with Bill Laswell and Harold Budd, Evan Parker, Jaki Liebezeit, and musicians from Laos. He has toured and played festivals in Europe, Japan, America, and Canada. Mark has performed and recorded with jazz-based groups including those of Dudu Pukwana, Elton Dean and Roswell Rudd, Paul Rogers, and Billy Jenkins, and with composers John Wall, Steve Beresford, David Sylvian, Steve Blake, and BAM! music. As a member of Evan Parker's groups, he has performed in the U.S and Europe with Barry Guy, Tim Berne, Drew Gress, Phil Wachsmann, and John Russell. Sanders and Parker work regularly as a trio with John Edwards and have released a double CD, The Two Seasons. He has also played and recorded with Georg Graewe, Mark Dresser, Mats Gustafsson, Noel Akchote, Charles Gayle, and Sirone.

'...Sanders' fluidity is just astonishing, and his sense of where to place a beat and how to insinuate a rhythm without resorting to a regular pulse is very special indeed.' — Musings


17th Seattle Improvised Music Festival