9th December / 7.45pm / St George's Church, Colegate, Norwich / £8 -
Steve Noble / Haydn Lukies / Plankestra

Steve Noble is London's leading drummer, a fearless and constantly inventive improviser whose super-precise, ultra-propulsive and hyper-detailed playing has galvanized encounters with Derek Bailey, Matthew Shipp, Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith, Stephen O'Malley, Joe McPhee, Alex Ward, Rhodri Davies and many, many more.

Haydn Lukies is a Norfolk-based percussionist who has worked with the SOAS Gamelan group and performed in various guises whilst living in China. For this performance Haydn will be playing a range of antique glass vessels and electronics, summoning the spirit of Indonesian percussion with contemporary composition.

The show will be opened with the inaugural performance from the Plankestra. As well as Plink Plonk and other activities, the Norfolk and Norwich Sonic Arts Collective host fortnightly improvising sessions under the banner 'The Plank'. The sessions have gained momentum and this event will provide the platform for the ensemble’s first performance. The group will devise a piece specifically created for St George's church.

Plus fine ales, projections and a church full of cyclamen.

Tickets can be bought here: Steve Noble Tickets


Steve Noble / Plankestra / Haydn Lukies - 9th December 2017, St George's Colegate

23rd December / 4pm / The Drill Hall, Great Yarmouth / £2/4/6/8 by donation -
Originalprojects; & NNSAC present a screening of 'The Goodiepal Equation' plus live music from Goodiepal & Pals and The Plankestra

We're really excited to have been invited to collaborate on this excellent event from origianlprojects; and we're extra excited for the Plankestra's second outing in December, supporting the absurd wizardry of Goodiepal and Pals.

Goodiepal or Gæoudjiparl van den Dobbelsteen, whose real name is Parl Kristian Bjørn Vester, is a controversial Danish/Faroese musician/composer. The eccentric and self-made Goodiepal has influenced the course of modern music through radical excursions into computer technology and media art.

Until recently he has been employed as a teacher at DIEM (Danish Institute for Electro-acoustic Music) at the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, Denmark. Goodiepal declared intellectual war against the stupidity in modern computer music and media art, which is to say against The Royal Academy of Music, when he quit the job in 2008. As per 2012 he lives somewhere in Europe and is married to the road.

The ever evolving Plankestra will be appearing in a different form than their performance with Steve Noble, with new members, fresh material and a new mood.....

24th February 2018 / 8pm / Venue TBC / £7 -
Zooplankton / Minus Pilots 

Minus Pilots is a solo project from Portsmouth based Adam Barringer. With only one electric bass and a volume controller, a scattering of analogue delay/looping pedals and a broken four-track cassette tape recorder, Minus Pilots weaves together sparse textures, crumbling atmospheres and fractured drones with currents of gentle crackle. His music has been published by Champion Version, Dronarivm, Eat, Sleep, Repeat, Fake Jazz, Futurerecordings, Panic Arrest and Superior Standards.

Zooplankton are Martin Scaiff on keys, Jesse Barrett (Mammal Hands) on drums and percussion and Steve Mynott on guitar; a Norfolk based trio that perform turbulent improvised music, anchored to a bed of free jazz and prog. Don't miss the opportunity to hear this lesser-spotted beast.

Guitar Feedback excerpt by Marian Saunders, sound provided by Ranieri Spina

Both sets will be accompanied by two Norfolk based visual artists to present a unique audiovisual experience. Accompanying Minus Pilots will be Ian Brownlie; a tirelessly explorative artist whose work is informed by politics, a passion for community creativity and collaboration. Digital artist Marian Saunders  will be providing her unique responsive graphic imagery to accompany Zooplankton. 

26th April 2018 / 8pm / Venue TBC / £6 -
Taupe / Pypt Lim  

Taupe are a Newcastle upon Tyne based trio specialising in razor-sharp polyrhythmic play, exploratory improvisation and raw, high energy live performance.The group’s sound is built of influences drawing from free jazz and math metal to hip-hop grooves and post-bop, with a healthy dollop of skronk, all navigated down a path that seeks to blur the line between carefully constructed rhythmic compositions and explosive group improvisation.

Adam Stapleford: Drums
Mike Parr Burman: Guitar
Jamie Stockbridge: Saxophone

Pypt Lim is the performance name for electronic music projects by Bob Percy, exploring live improvised electronic music. Alongside visceral single take synthesiser improvisations Percy is a keen collaborator, most recently working with shadow puppeteer Zannie Fraser of Ripstop Theatre.

The Plank -
An update

'Plank' illustration by Morris Masuda

As you might know, we recently set up a new participatory improvising group, called The Plank, where we are trying new improvising activities and exercises. The group currently meets at the York Tavern, Norwich, on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, 7-9pm.

Sessions have developed brilliantly and as well as facilitating several exercises including graphic scores, abstract conducting and directional cards we have had many periods of beautifully connected free improvisation. A major outcome from the sessions is that the group have assembled themselves for live performance and will play two shows in December under the (possibly temporary) guise of the Plankestra.

We were delighted to have been joined by artists of other mediums too and enjoyed the unrestricted exploration of the relationship between music and visual art, we'd love to hear from artists of any nature that would like to collaborate and of course we welcome audience members too if you'd prefer to observe.

To find out more visit

Incoming -
The Communal Ear

In the New Year we’ll be launching a new project called The Communal Ear. Very simply it is a (free) listening club, held in a comfortable setting with a bar and an excellent sound system.

You bring recorded music, we all listen carefully and talk about it (talking optional); hopefully introducing new music to people and providing a place where we can do some really focused listening.

At the moment we’re trying to find the perfect venue and a date for the first meeting. In the meantime you can submit your interest by following the link below, it’ll take you to a page where you can tell us your name and what music you’d like to bring (knowing in advance what people might bring will help us
curate the meetings more carefully).

The Communal Ear

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