On the 4th August 2017 Plink Plonk will be a year old and to celebrate this most victorious event we have a really massive announcement (scroll down now if you can't wait....).

As well as our birthday show we are also officially launching 'The Plank' where we're inviting any and all artists and musicians from Norfolk to our regular semi-structured Norwich-based improv sessions.

We also must remind you about the Sloth Racket and ROOKS show happening this Thursday (29th June).
If you've not already had a look at our website, head over to for more information about our shows and events and links to buy tickets.

4th August / 7pm (7.15pm start) / St George's Church, Colegate, Norwich / £9 (£5 Concs.) -
Luke Abbott & Thomas Stone / Brotherhood of Sang (Joe & Luke Sanger) / Plonk Ensemble perform Christian Wolff's 'Stones' / FREE daytime workshop with David Ross / 'Resonant Structures' interactive sound installation by Oliver Payne

The 4th August 2017 marks 12 months since our inaugural Plink Plonk show (featuring David Ross and John Butcher) and to celebrate all we have achieved since then, we’re delighted to present a very special programme of improvised music and collaboration in the fantastic acoustic spaces at St George's Church:

Norwich based electronic music producer, composer and improviser Luke Abbott will perform his unique blend of modular textures and pulses in collaboration with Thomas Stone, for the first time. Alongside an impressive catalogue of written modern-classical music and winning NonClassical's battle of the bands, Thomas improvises with 'activated percussion', contrabassoon and electronics.

Japan-based shakuhachi (traditional Japanese bamboo flute) master, Joe Sanger and electronic music producer, sound designer and composer, Luke Sanger are Norfolk-born brothers that have developed a truly distinctive musical relationship with 'Brotherhood of Sang'. Joe and Luke will deliver an improvised performance of wheezy, psychedelic electronic synth tones together with the mesmeric allure of the Japanese shakuhachi.  

Opening the evening will be a short performance by the 'Plonk Ensemble'  - this performance will be the culmination of a FREE daytime workshop, facilitated by electronics improviser, David Ross. 

The workshop - informed by Christian Wolff's piece 'Stones' - will consist of two definable parts. Firstly, participants will create bespoke contact microphones from scratch which will be used in performance to amplify each player. The second part will  focus on the intricacies of creating improvised music using stones and objects of various sizes and the communicative process of creating a real-time composition with a large ensemble. 

The workshop is 10am - 3pm at Martineau Memorial Hall, 21 Colegate, NR3 1BN. It is free to attend and all materials are provided.

Sound artist, Oliver Payne will create a bespoke installation called 'Resonant Structures'; A large sheet of prefabricated cladding that is recorded and amplified in real-time to create patterns of feedback that can be manipulated by bending and distorting the material.

Tickets can be bought here: Anniversary tickets
FREE workshop places (limited) can be reserved here: Workshop tickets

The event poster by Tazelaar Stevenson will be available to purchase at the event as an A3 risograph print on sugar paper. 

The Plank - Details and how to join

The Norfolk and Norwich Sonic Arts Collective was established when a group of seven local artists and improvisers met over a shared passion for spontaneous collaboration and the desire to provide an accessible platform for any and all local musicians to perform.

We have created ‘The Plank’ to provide just this; NNSAC will host regular sessions where artists, musicians and audiences can meet to perform, to practice, to develop or to simply observe. ‘The Plank’ is entirely inclusive and open to non-musicians or those that are curious, we’d especially like to collaborate with artists of other forms (painting/movement/spoken word etc).

The Plank will consist mainly of group playing but with structural elements, initially facilitated by NNSAC (eventually we hope all guests will contribute). The structural elements will be curated by one or two people each session in the form of games, simple instructions, listening exercises, working with graphic scores etc.

The Plank will be held at the upstairs room at the York Tavern, Norwich, NR2 2AS on the first and third Tuesday of every month, from 7-9pm. Below is a list of dates for the coming few months.

15 August – York Tavern
5 September – York Tavern
19 September – York Tavern
3 October – York Tavern
17 October – York Tavern

To sign up to any of these sessions or to find out more, visit

THIS THURSDAY 29th June / 8pm / Upstairs @ The York Tavern / £7 -
Sloth Racket / Rooks

Lastly a gentle reminder that we are very lucky to be able to present the incredible Sloth Racket as part of the UK tour.

Sloth Racket are a young British quintet led by London-based baritone saxophonist and composer Cath Roberts, featuring four other players currently or recently involved with the extremely fertile Manchester out-jazz scene: Sam Andreae (tenor sax), Anton Hunter (guitar), Johnny Hunter (drums) and Seth Bennett (bass). Their music explores extremes of ferocity interspersed with moments of fragile beauty, in an ongoing investigation of the relationship between improvisation and composition. Their debut album ‘Triptych’ was released this year on Roberts’ own Luminous label.

Supporting is the temporary collaboration between percussionist Taz Stevenson and no-input mixer player Oliver Payne, ROOKS. The project was devised after the duo witnessed the roosting of 50000 rooks at Old Buckenham in 2016. Astounded by the heavily textured and ever changing cacophony the birds produced they were inspired to interpret this natural phenomenon using scatter gun percussion and the flurried and unpredictable  sounds of electronic feedback

Tickets can be bought here: Sloth Racket tickets

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