Freeness

Freeness: noun - to be exempt or released from something that controls, restrains or burdens. Corey Mwamba presents the best new jazz and improvised music with an adventurous spirit.

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Beats And Bluegrass20200223

Corey Mwamba plays the best jazz and improvised music with an adventurous spirit. This week features Lushandverdant, a hip hop producer who improvises with samples taken from old soul and gospel records. Deconstructed bluegrass, jazz and avant-garde techniques come together in a track from the international trio Multifarious and there’s sludgy doom from Pulled By Magnets, the new project of drummer Seb Rochford.

Hip hop-inspired improv, using samples from old soul records, and deconstructed bluegrass

Corey Mwamba presents the best new jazz and improvised music with an adventurous spirit.

Hindustani Classical Music And Asmr20200216

Corey Mwamba presents an improvisation rooted in Hindustani classical music by the cellist, sitarist and vocalist Pete Yelding; a tingling track that provokes an ASMR reaction (like the hair on the back of your neck standing on end when someone whispers in your ear) by using wide stereo and sounds that require close attention. Plus new music from the Portuguese trumpeter, composer and vocalist Susana Santos Silva and her Impermanence quintet.

Produced by Rebecca Gaskell
A Reduced Listening production for BBC Radio 3

An improvisation rooted in Hindustani classical music and a tingling ASMR synth track.

Corey Mwamba presents the best new jazz and improvised music with an adventurous spirit.

Improvising With The Australian Outback20200209

Allis Hamilton is an artist living in a hand-built shack in the Australian outback. She makes improvised music in a trio called Alias Nun who are inspired by the aural soundscapes of the surrounding bush. Even though their home is far away from the wildfires plaguing the country, there are days when the air is thick with smoke. Allis describes how the complex emotions these devastating fires arouse can find an outlet in improvised music.

Also on the show, saxophonist Mette Rasmussen creates some gorgeously gritty vocalisations through her instrument, in a duo with guitarist Julien Desprez, and there’s a meditative piece that improvises with volume for turntables and electronics. Presented by Corey Mwamba.

Produced by Rebecca Gaskell
A Reduced Listening production for BBC Radio 3

Allis Hamilton describes how Australia's wildfires have affected her as an improviser.

Corey Mwamba presents the best new jazz and improvised music with an adventurous spirit.

01Cutting-edge Jazz20191103

This first show features poetic dialogue between baritone saxophone and guitar in Cath Roberts’s quintet Sloth Racket and J Frisco, a trio that uphold Leeds’s reputation as a city for cutting-edge improvised music.

02Pulled By Magnets20191110

This week, drummer Seb Rochford talks about his new band Pulled By Magnets which takes in black metal and Hindu Bhajans; Frisk Frugt from the experimental music collective Yoyooyoy creates a whole world in a two-minute improvisation, and the American saxophonist Steve Lehman returns with his long-standing trio on a record that demonstrates how their 10 years of collaborating makes the music ever stronger.

Produced by Rebecca Gaskell

03Roscoe Mitchell And The Art Ensemble Of Chicago20191117

This week, Roscoe Mitchell, a founding member of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, selects three tracks that have had a profound impact on him. The Art Ensemble of Chicago have been at the forefront of creative improvised music since 1969 and have fostered the careers of members such as Henry Threadgill and Wadada Leo Smith among others. Also in the show, a dazzling live recording of vocalist Cleveland Watkiss’ UK All Stars, featuring dancing electronics, driving rhythms and societal lyrics.

Produced by Rebecca Gaskell

04Intimate Improvisations20191124

Corey Mwamba presents intimate improvisations by duos and small groups. With tracks by the husband-wife pair of violinist Mark Feldman and pianist Sylvie Courvoisier, and long-time friends and fellow saxophonists Lol Coxhill and Raymond MacDonald. Plus, Corey journeys back to London’s Cafe Oto in summer 2018 when a trio who had never played together before set the stage on fire: Rachel Musson on saxophones, Pat Thomas on piano and Mark Sanders on drums.

Corey Mwamba presents the best new jazz and improvised music with an adventurous spirit.

05Gwrth-gitar20191201

Corey Mwamba explores ‘gwrth-gitâr’, a term used by Welsh improviser Ash Cooke meaning ‘anti-guitar’. It seeks to explore new ways of using a traditional and universally familiar object to paint an alternative view of the world. It is unrehearsed, and leaves as much to chance as it does to the ability of the operator. Gwrth-gitâr is, in part, the answer to the question 'what else can this thing do?'

Trumpets, electronics and drums combine to create rich glitchy and percussive textures on a new record by Tom Arthurs, Isambard Khroustaliov and Julian Sartorius. And there’s a live recording of flautist Nicole Mitchell’s ensemble performing on the mainstage at Saalfelden Jazz Festival in Austria.

Corey Mwamba explores 'gwrth-git\u00e2r', a term used by Ash Cooke meaning 'anti-guitar'.

Corey Mwamba presents the best new jazz and improvised music with an adventurous spirit.

06Elliot Galvin20191208

Corey Mwamba presents the best jazz and improvised music with an adventurous spirit. Featuring a solo piano improvisation by Elliot Galvin recorded live in Paris, an oboe and bass duet from Melinda Maxwell and Sebastiano Dessanay, and a piece by the instrument builder Victor Gama that uses a 40-metre long string instrument, recorded and then played back through a granulator in live performance.

Corey Mwamba presents with a solo piano improvisation by Elliot Galvin.

Corey Mwamba presents the best new jazz and improvised music with an adventurous spirit.

07Winter Warmth20191215

It’s cold and dark outside, so allow presenter Corey Mwamba to set you on fire, send electricity through your skin, and warm your bones with a hot selection of adventurous jazz and improvised music.

Hear a swelteringly great track from recent big British break-through band Steam Down, and a classic performance from the incandescent spirit that was pianist Cecil Taylor.

Produced by Jack Howson
A Reduced Listening production for BBC Radio 3.

Corey Mwamba presents a hot selection of adventurous improvised music to warm your bones.

Corey Mwamba presents the best new jazz and improvised music with an adventurous spirit.

08Elis James's Mid-life Crisis20191222

Welsh comic and broadcaster Elis James selects three of his favourite tracks for the show. 2019 has seen Elis develop a new-found, serious obsession with free jazz, which his wife has labelled his “mid-life crisis music”. Tonight he can indulge that passion without restraint …

Also, Corey Mwamba presents some seasonally appropriate choices, including a festive jam from London experimentalists Ill Considered.

Produced by Jack Howson
A Reduced Listening production for BBC Radio 3.

Comic and broadcaster Elis James adds some free-jazz choices to Corey Mwamba's playlist.

Corey Mwamba presents the best new jazz and improvised music with an adventurous spirit.

09Dulcet Tones On A Dulcitone20191229

Corey Mwamba presents Adam Fairhall performing on a dulcitone, a keyboard instrument from the 19th century which he prepares in a way that evokes the sound of an African balafon, played in a way that’s inspired by the fast repeating figures of Keith Tippett. Plus there’s music from Tim Hill’s new quartet based on the piano-less groups of Ornette Coleman and Anthony Braxton, and a track by bandleader Laura Cole with her octet Metamorphic.

Corey Mwamba presents Adam Fairhall performing on a prepared dulcitone.

Corey Mwamba presents the best new jazz and improvised music with an adventurous spirit.

10Angel Bat Dawid20200105

Angel Bat Dawid brought a free and spiritual jazz sound forged in her hometown of Chicago to the Clore Ballroom last November for the London Jazz Festival. Corey Mwamba presents the closing section of her set alongside some sage advice from Angel on the importance of listening.

Viola player Mat Maneri’s calm and reflective playing is informed by the vibratoless tone of Baroque music and the melodic language of Paul Bley; we hear music from his new quartet album Dust. Plus vocalist Fay Victor presents her reaction to the modern way of life together with cellist Marika Hughes and saxophonist Darius Jones and a live recording from British bassist Barry Guy’s 70th birthday concert.

Live music from Angel Bat Dawid's set at the London Jazz Festival

Corey Mwamba presents the best new jazz and improvised music with an adventurous spirit.

11Konfrontationen Festival 40th Anniversary20200112

Corey Mwamba presents live music from the Konfrontationen festival. For the last 40 years the small town of Nickelsdorf on the Austrian/Hungarian border becomes a hub for the best new free and improvised music across central Europe. Tonight Corey features highlights from a freely improvised set by US drummer Hamid Drake and Swiss pianist Irène Schweizer, and the hip-hop meets improv post-apocalyptic powerhouse Anguish featuring Will Brooks, Mats Gustafsson, Hans Joachim Irmler, Mike Mare and Andreas Werliin.

Also in the show: music from pianist/composer Satoko Fujii and drummer Taysuya Yoshida's new album Baikamo that’s full of playful energy; and psychedelic otherworldly sounds from Leverton Fox.

Live music from the 40th edition of Konfrontationen festival in Austria.

Corey Mwamba presents the best new jazz and improvised music with an adventurous spirit.

12Ideas Of Noise20200119

Corey Mwamba looks ahead to Birmingham’s Ideas of Noise festival, which champions sound art, noise and adventurous improvisation. This year’s line-up includes the premiere of Oli Brice’s new group with saxophonist Paul Dunmall, and New York drummer Tom Rainey’s trio with Mary Halvorson and Ingrid Laubrock. Plus, pianist Daniel Bernardes brings Messiaen’s compositional processes to the 21st century via his piano trio and percussion ensemble, on his latest album Liturgy of the Birds.

Produced by Rebecca Gaskell
A Reduced Listening Production for BBC Radio 3.

Corey looks ahead to the Ideas of Noise festival for sound art, noise and improvisation.

Corey Mwamba presents the best new jazz and improvised music with an adventurous spirit.

13Polyrhythmic Playtime20200126

Corey Mwamba presents high-energy exploratory improvisation and razor-sharp polyrhythms from a trio called Taupe and the debut full-length album by saxophonist John Butcher and Steve Beresford, who plays electronics and objects. Plus a chance to bathe in some luscious low end, with a track featuring two organs and two bass clarinets recorded in a reverberant church.

Produced by Rebecca Gaskell
A Reduced Listening production for BBC Radio 3

High-energy exploratory improvisation and razor-sharp polyrhythms hosted by Corey Mwamba.

Corey Mwamba presents the best new jazz and improvised music with an adventurous spirit.