I have been lucky enough to be one of six improvisers nationally to have been chosen by Sound and Music to be part of their portfolio scheme. I along with Anton Hunter, Rachel Musson, Julie Kjaer, Shelley Knotts and Seth Benett were able to go on two residentials at Wooda Farm in Cornwall under the mentor ship of Steve Beresford. The scheme finished with the seven of us playing at Wooda then at The Vortex for Mopomoso.
In the words of Sound and Music, their Portfolio scheme provides a key development opportunity for composers to create new work with and for some of the UK’s leading ensembles and presenters of new music. Portfolio enables them to develop their portfolio of compositions and gain vital artistic and practical insight and experience in working with professional ensembles and presenting organisations, and delivering new work to public audiences. We are delighted to host this fine group of improvisers mentored by Steve Beresford.
MOPOMOSO was founded in 1991 by guitarist John Russell and pianist, trumpeter and composer Chris Burn to promote freely improvised music in all its forms and where applicable its relationship to other forms of contemporary music making. From the outset the aim has been to present the music on a local, regional national and international basis and to involve relative newcomers as well as more established musicians. Run by a team of volunteers, we hold a passionate belief that improvised music, sometimes called free music or free improvisation offers many exciting opportunities both to players and listeners alike.