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Hullabaloo Festival – A Festival of Improvisation – 15th-21st Nov 2017

Hullabaloo is a celebration of sound, music making and improvisation. The festival explores improvisation, how we ‘make it up as we go along’, a key part of our creativity, in music, in art and in life and invites people to join in. The festival also celebrates some of the wide range of music making and performance we have in Somerset and the South West. Events range from family workshops, performances by internationally recognized musicians, instrument makers, beatboxers, jazz and rock bands, electronica, debates, visuals and films and talks. Hullabaloo will be wild, unpredictable, fun and provocative, exploring the mysteries and paradoxes of ways of making music and sound that can combine joyful playfulness with extra-ordinary skill.
The festival builds on the monthly improvisation nights held at the CIC Centre Taunton.
For more information contact Tim Hill, milton3hill@yahoo.co.uk  T:01823 490219
Wed 15th November
LOCATION: North Curry Methodist Chapel. North Curry, Taunton.
Whispers and Cries, Songs and Sighs. 7.30pm. FREE
An evening of atmospheric sound exploration, with Hannah Earl and Tim Hill.
Thu 16th November
Spontaneous Combustion
7.30pm – 10pm. £4
Performances, games, debate and play, exploring ideas of spontaneity, freedom of expression, improvisation in music, in art and in life, and asking ‘what does it mean to be free? With live visuals from Richard Tomlinson, Brazen Head, Michael Fairfax, Jules Bushell, Dom Beatbox Buck and more.
Fri 17th November
The Noise Eating Monsters plus John Cooke and kek-w. 7.30pm – 10pm £9/8
An Improvising trio making a deliriously rhythmic racket, the ‘Monster’s collective credits range from Squarepusher through Derek Bailey to Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry. The band features one of comedian Stewart Lee’s favorite musicians. Plus local drum and bass and noise from local artists
“…guitarist Alex Ward [is] a compulsively creative polymath of indiscriminately omnivorous appetite … a reliably unpredictable axe-hero for collaborators of all backgrounds.”
Sat 18th November – ALL DAY
Morning. 10am – 11.30am – Family Playtime. FREE
Sound workshop for children their families
Lunchtime. 12.30pm – Sonic Café featuring Alex Ward on clarinet. £4/3
A rare chance to hear one of the world’s finest free improvising clarinet players in a solo setting. “Deft and utterly mesmeric” – The Guardian
Afternoon. 2pm – 4pm. Hullabaloo Improvising Orchestra. FREE
Come and join us in this workshop to create an improvising orchestra, exploring the idea of group improvisation, using games, strategies, graphic scores and more, building to a short performance.
Evening. Doors 7.30pm.
Lost in the Stars with The Multiverse Ensemble plus DJ. £9/8
An evening of cosmic jazz, out of this world sounds and intergalactic funk, featuring some great musicians from Taunton and the South West. The band is inspired by the music of the great big band leader Sun Ra. Film projections and DJ’s will accompany the band.
Tue 21st November
Hullabaloo – Vocal Improvisation Workshop. 7.30pm. £5
This month’s improvisation workshop will be dedicated to vocal improvisation.

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