Mon 22nd June, 8pm: bands finished by 10:30pm for out of towners, sounds until late
The Audacious Art Experiment, Harwood St (off Bramall Lane), Sheffield

PLUGGING A LAST MINUTE TOUR GAP…. we overflow with joy to bring you…..


// JUNKO + MESA OF THE LOST WOMEN (Japan + France)

The banshee possessed lung-force that fronts Japanoise monoliths Hijokaidan brings her vocal terror to French free-noise-jazz duo Mesa of The Lost Women (Yves Botz (Dustbreeders)) on noise guitar and Christophe Sorro on free drumming)…… cannot wait to greet these guys to the Steel City! How could we say no in their hour of need?!?

// SILVER DICK (Manchester)

Support from Silver Dick….  “Languid, sanguine honing and droning pseudo-freeish golden trio, tricky and unintelligible route-diving-divining, guitar duet duel incongruities, encircling percussion and oft-wordless warbling, thwarted jazz leanings, melodic perverted “lines”, chiseling a kinda precision, tentative sub-general dumping and pummelling, some sweet caress and fumble SILVER DICK”. The slithering brainchild of Joincey (Saboteuse, Inca Eyeball, Stuckometer) Kate Armitage and Martin Greenwood.

// SMUT (Leeds)

Solo droning stoning noise whirlpools…. Smut is the solo project of musician and artist Lucy Johnson. Her output varies from minimal lo-fi piano to catastrophic noise. When describing her performance she quotes Newcastle’s Tusk festival who said her work amounted to “the caustic shards and the kind of drones that can raze your mental city to the ground.”

// CLELIA (Sheffield/Italy)

Sounds between the sounds to slip between your brain cells…

£6 waged
£4 unwaged
Please & thank you!
As ever, BYOB so a cheap night for all!


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Chalaque Jooklo Trio | Murphy/Ansell/Bench Trio | Luke Poot

Fri 22nd May, 8pm
The Audacious Art Experiment,
Harwood St, Sheffield,
S2 4SE

TICKETS – on the door only:
£6 waged
£4 unwaged


Fire music meets pysch…. a brand new collaboration between Italy’s fierce Jooklo Duo and Manchester’s own Chalaque… expect to experience hallucinations while your eardrums bubble and pulsate.

Born 1984 in Italy, Virginia Genta is self-taught and plays saxophone (tenor, soprano, baritone, alto), flutes, clarinet, plus some percussion and keyboards. Since 2003 she’s been working with drummer and percussionist David Vanzan in several projects such as Jooklo Duo, Neokarma Jooklo Trio (or Sextet, Octet, Experience), Golden Jooklo Age, and the Jooklo Finnish Quartet. She started playing music from improvisation while quite young, and has always been moving in the music cosmos with a deep, natural and spontaneous approach to creation, constantly working to find the highest way of expression connected to the oneness of universe. Besides this, the devotion of Virginia finds freedom also through drawings and illustrations. A restless activity during the past few years (about 400 concerts and a countless amount of recording sessions, some of those released on labels like Qbico, Conspiracy, and her own Troglosound), brought her to collaborations with musicians like Chris Corsano, Paul Flaherty, Bill Nace, Sonny Simmons, Daniel Carter, Sabir Mateen, John Blum, John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), Takehisa Kosugi (Taj Mahal Travellers), Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Sonic Youth, Hartmut Geerken, Famodou Don Moye, Makoto Kawabata, Andrew Barker, Muruga Booker, Raymond Strid, Giorgio Pacorig, among others.

Chalaque’s Nick Mitchell (Golden Lab Records/ Desmadrados Soldados De Ventura) adds his limbs and brain to the Jooklo’s to create somekinda monster…. we cannot wait to see the results!

“Chalaque began life as a solo project but by Sounds From The Other Ideology they have morphed into a power trio with all the controls set to max, matching Mitchell’s explosive, non-stop soloing style with a stream-rolling rhythm section that works free statements of time into the kind of stupor inducing velocities of a Mötorhead or a Harry Pussy. The rhythm section consists of drummer Pascal Nichols, who plays in Manchester’s Part Wild Horses Mane On Both Sides, and bassist Eric Hardiman, a member of Albany, New York guitar orchestra Burnt Hills… Together they create the kind of genre-devouring force that you always wished Last Exit could’ve more effectively harnessed, hallucinating a solid steel pulse by never definitively stating it, with the kind of sleight of hand a dream team Ronald Shannon Jackson/Yasushi Ozawa of Fushitsusha hook-up might have had.” David Keenan, The Wire

The bodies and minds behind Hobo Sonn (Ian Murphy, Brighton), Panelak (Pascal Ansell, Leeds) and Hardworking Families (Tom Bench, Brighton) combine and coagulate into a fresh new trio! Performances may or may not include any combination of the following: semi-serious free-improv, actual songs, electric noise-blasts, performative chair activities, self-sabotage etc. Damn right.

Sheffield based Strepsils abuser. Recent collaborations with the likes of Adam Bohman, Part Wild Horses Mane on Both Sides, Blue Yodel, Ben Knight, Acrid Lactations, Chastity Potatoe, and Phils’ gang of toughs. ‘I just listened to a bit that sounded like a pig pushing weights with a scotch egg in its gob.’ – Stuart Arnot.

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Cathy Heyden & Rogier Smal Duo | Mel O’Dubhslaine | Freaking Glamorous Teapot

Weds 29th April, 8pm
Shakespeares, 146-148 Gibraltar St
Sheffield, S3 8UB

£5 waged/ £3 unwaged OTD only


International saxophone and drums duo. Connecting the dots between the vast Paris and Amsterdam music scenes. Wild jazz explorations with hints of noise, spirituals and punk. Stopping off in Sheffield as they pound through the land….

Cathy Heyden. Autodidact sax improviser enjoys encounters with other musicians, dancers, comedians, poets and performers from all over the world such as Faust, Ganguru, Geoff Leigh, Jac Berrocal, Lost woman, Morihide Sawada, Uwe Bastiansen.

Rogier Smal is a drummer who experiments with free percussion sounds. He plays with different groups, musicians and solo. Lately Rogier has been lucky enough to have been making sonic waves of liberty with gems like: Dagora, Marshall Allen, Dylan Carlson, David Birchall, Eugene Chadbourne, City Hands, Sunburned hand of the man, Mik Quantius, Daevid Allen, Nora Mulder, Johannes Lunds, Maria Bertel, Don McGreevy and many many more.

In a ten year musical career Melanie Delaney (a.k.a. O’Dubhshlaine) has performed and composed music based in the noise, improvised, experimental and psychedelic rock genres.
Her solo work takes the form of two projects; Melanie O’Dubhshlaine concentrates on electronic composition, whilst Ocelocelot is centred in the noise genre. Her background in visual arts leads her to introduce visual elements into her performances. An overriding theme of her work is using unusual instrumentation to extend human expressive capabilities and give voice to previously unheard sounds.
She has collaborated with other artists including Neil Campbell, Ashtray Navigations, Part Wild Horses Mane On Both Sides, Bridget Hayden, Uton, John Moloney (Sunburned Hand of the Man) and MV & EE.
As a member of Ashtray Navigations she has appeared at All Tomorrow’s Parties (Nightmare Before Christmas, curated by Thurston Moore), Music Lover’s Field Companion in Gateshead, Incubate in Tilburg, Netherlands, Swn Festival in Cardiff and Sotto Voce at Cafe Oto, London, also touring the UK, Europe and USA.

An enigma. An enema for your mind. Possibly your new enemy too. Playing buckets on their head and car parks, sometimes. What will happen next….? Sometime collaboration of composer Stephen Chase and improvisor Nathan Bettany.

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Daniel Higgs & Michael Zerang Duo

Daniel Higgs & Michael Zerang Duo | Kelly Jayne Jones
Sun 29th June | 7:30pm-10:30pm
Montgomery Theatre Studio | Sheffield

Tinnutus Jukebox/ Peak Signal 2 Noise present….
….in collaboration with Kato Bookbird

Zerang Higgs Duo

ADVANCE TICKETS £7 (full) £5 (conc) + booking fee
TICKETS on door £9 (full) £7 (conc)
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In the elegant studio of the Montgomery Theatre, right in the heart of Sheffield…. An ultra-rare appearance in Sheffield for either of these two masters of sonic journeys….

Daniel Higgs and Michael Zerang join their energies in this special duo project, bringing together diverse musical worlds through improvisation and folk forms, all with an deep, ecstatic underpinning. Their near-telepathic ability to communicate in long musical forms, and their ability to reach deep within to create indelible, sonic landscapes, make this pairing wonderful and unique.

Daniel A.I.U. Higgs, interdimensional song-seamstress and corpse-dancer of the Mystic Crags was born in the harbour city of Baltimore, USA in the early-mid sixties of the previous millennium. Having begun singing 25 years ago, he is perhaps best known as the singer and lyricist of the band Lungfish, which is now, as it often has been, quasi if not entirely defunct. Presently, the music Daniel manifests proceeds without the blessing/curse and help/hindrance of collaborative influence. Until NOW!

Michael Zerang is a Chicago based composer, percussionist, and improvisor that has collaborated with an ever-widening pool of innovative musicians since 1976, in the fields of free jazz, experimental, noise, and world music. He was a member for 14 years of the Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet, Survival Unit III ( with Joe McPhee and Fred Lonberg-Holm), Winter Solstice Duo Concerts with Hamid Drake, and with the creative music ensembles, Liof Munimula and Friction Brothers, as well as many others.

Support: Kelly Jayne Jones
One half of Part Wild Horses Mane on Both Sides, Kelly works with sonic textures from her sound archive that is constantly evolving. Inspiration is taken from the recording of sounds from rocks, concrete, ritualistic sound making objects. Balance / unbalance, harmony / disharmony and experimenting with combinations. She has performed at Colour Out of Space, Tusk, Cafe Oto, Singing Knives, Supersonic, ICA London and has exhibited work in various projects at Tate Modern, Museum of Modern Art NY, dOCUMENTA 13. KJJ has released limited edition vinyl, cassette and CD.

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Skronking-stonking fire-music free-jazz… Italian style…..

Jooklo Duo (IT) // Gelba (IT) // Dave Jackson (UK)

Thurs 13th March, Queens Social Club, Sheffield


TJ have teamed up with the ever inspirational Singing Knives Records to bring you an evening of more saxophone-based outer-space sonic research….. after we all picked our jaws up off the floor after seeing Jooklo Duo play at Colour Out Of Space festival last Nov, we casually (ahem…) asked them to come and grace us in Sheffield… and they said yes…..!!


Virginia Genta (saxophones) and David Vanzan (drums) have been bringing their intense and mesmerizing music all over the world since 2003. The duo’s work is a totally personal research that has been described as the most powerful expression in “free music” nowadays, transcending every kind of definition and going straight to the source of energy.

“Boss Italian woodwinds/drum duo who skronk the big bulb of freedom as hard as anyone. The overblowing is as insane as either of Borbetomagus’s lips-guys, so it vibes like a collision between them and Flaherty/Corsano duo or something. Raw, loose, jibbery.” Byron Coley


Gelba is an improv project founded in 2011 by Michele Mazzani (tape loops, guitar, keyboards) and Matteo Poggi (guitar, fx, tapes). The duo performs an intense set based on visionary field recordings caught on high mountain ridges, complex guitar solutions, and arcane tape loops reprocessed to infinity.


“Dave Jackson free-squeeks the alto sax into Patty Waters/Yoko Ono’s attic…. – Julian Cope

“classic squee-pileage in the post-ESP tradition….. loose sonic collisions and and interwoven blather in ripely extended fire-form, all revolving around theories of meat and its ability to burn. Solid, savage blurt.” – Thurston Moore/Byron Coley Bull Tongue – Arthur Magazine

Playing improvised music since a teenager in the late 70′s, Dave’s approach has always been one of primitivist abstract expressionism. He has played with, amongst others, Eddie Prevost, Chris Corsano, Assif Tsahar, Graham Clark, Carlos Zingaro, Jeffrey Morgan, Steve Belger, Phil Marks, John Edwards, Adrian Northover, Olie Brice, Fonik, Warrington Improvised Music Collective, Psychiatric Challenge, Evan Parker, Lol Coxhill, John Russell, Rhodri Davies, Paul Rutherford, Frakture Big Band, Noise Upstairs, Sonic Pleasure & THF Drenching, Brian Benson, Nick Mitchell, Barry Dean, Open Eye Ensemble, Kelley Jones, Pascal Nichols, Dave Birchall, Richard Harrison, Graham Massey, Semay Wu, Andy Gill, John Scott, Danny Saul, Paralysis, Withoutlaw, Sannyasin, WMD Sax Trio, NOW Sextet, Hulme Arts Collective, Buddha Shakya, Tilak Magar, Mara Bhaja.

Rare & Racy, 164-6, Devonshire St, Sheffield, S3 7SG
£7 (£5 concessions)

£9 (£7 concs)

Queens Social Club, Queens Road, Sheffield, S2 4DG
5 mins walk from train/bus station, free parking

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Dead Neanderthals w/ Colin Webster

Gig incoming……………… Sat 1st Feb………….. @ The Audacious Art Experiment

Dead Neanderthals

Time for some seriously enticing free-jazz-noise-grind mayhem to obliterate the January mega-blues….

Dead Neanderthals: Dutch free jazz/grindcore/noise duo… (Otto Kokke, sax / Rene Aquarius, drums) bring their awesome rages to Sheffield for the first time…. Described as slamming in somewhere between Brotzmann and Painkiller, these cave-beings have been touring all over Europe these past few months causing true sonic mayhem…

….playing with their British brother-in-noise Colin Webster (Sax) with whom they have just released ‘… And it ended badly’ on Gaffer Records to great acclaim.

A previous interview with The Quieteus, and full tour listings.

No Thumbs: Catastrophic elation confrontation… from Jon Marshall (The Hunter Gracchus, Roman Nose) and Pascal Ansell (Panelak).

Now with added…. visual noisy playground-messy experimentation courtesy of Luke Poot (kinda like Cooking with Mother, but not quite…) and eargrinding in-between tunes from Jason Hughes!

£5 waged / £3 concessions on the door – BYO

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Ken Vandermark / Paal Nilssen-Love DUO in Sheffield 22nd Oct 2013

KV        PNL

Vandermark/Nilssen-Love DUO   //   Beck Hunters   //   Trans/Human   // Singing Knives DJs

Tues 22nd October, Queens Social Club, 4 Queens Road, Sheffield, S2 4DG
Doors 7:30pm, start 8:15pm (change to flyers)

Tickets: £7/5 (conc) advance,  online via WeGotTickets or in person from Rare and Racy, Division Street, Sheffield; £9/7 (conc) on the door

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Venue: Taking place in the resplendent 60s-original Queens Social Club, this will be a table/chairs event with the Duo playing on the club floor. Queens is just 5 mins stroll from the train and coach stations. Free parking also available at the venue.

The Vandermark / Nilssen-Love DUO steam into the city of Sheffield for the first time, in their only UK gig outside of London – a real coup for our fair city! Both internationally acclaimed powerful free-jazz improvisers, the pair have been playing together in multifarious guises since back in 2000, in the group School Days. The DUO evolved soon after, and was ‘consummated’ in 2002 with the recording of the album Dual Pleasure. This was followed by their first live duo appearance at Molde International Jazz Festival.

Alongside regular tours as the Duo, Vandermark (clarinet/sax) and Nilssen-Love (drums/percussion) collaborate across a bewilderingly diverse range of projects. They toured multiple times with the now lamentably on-ice Brotzmann Tentet, have performed as the mightily heavy and abstract Lean Left with Terrie Ex and Andy Moor from The EX, as well as part of their wider group, The EX and Brass Unbound.

Both Vandermark and Nilssen-Love maintain a complex roster of live/recording outlets too numerous to name here; Vandermark notably The Vandermark Five, DKV Trio and most recently RARA AVIS. Nilssen-Love, who started playing drums before he could walk, has a staggeringly diverse range of collaborations from Joe McPhee, to noise-jazz-punk hybrids The Thing.

Beck Hunters: Featuring Mick Beck, Sheffield’s finest and most tantalising free-jazz improviser  (sax/bassoon/whistles). Beck is stalwart of the Sheffield improvising scene, and his extraordinary life was recently documented in the documentary film ‘Mick Beck – Rather Different’. He recently played as part of the Mopomso tour in Sheffield, and his legendary home gig venue ‘Over The Top’ was featured on Jazz on 3 earlier this year. Joined by Jonny (drums) and Anton (guitar) Hunter, key players and organiser in the Northern improv/free music scene this promises to be an electrifying performance.

Trans/Human: Adam Denton and Luke Twyman began collaborating under the name Trans/Human at The Audacious Art Experiment in Sheffield during 2011. Employing several noise making devices and techniques in their performances, including mobile phones, radio, cassette tape, prepared electric guitar, processed drums, strobe lighting, contact microphones, field recordings and feedback systems, Trans/Human’s concerns lie within the physical act of music making and its relationship to environment and audience. Opening the night, they will warp the atmosphere in the room and prepare it for the sonic freakery to come!

Singing Knives Records DJs: playing a morass of tunes between sets to keep you ears on their toes….

A Tinnitus Jukebox event in collaboration with the newly formed filmmaking collective Peak Signal 2 Noise

KV PNL poster

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Trans/Human and the AMRL… seeking out Trans/missions

The Audacious Mobile Research Library… a solar powered re/search mobile home… gathering, collating, assimilating and re/distributing  radio waves, CB chatter, galactic frequencies and other disturbances…. Re/dressing the balance between broad-cast and local-cast…

Filmed on a research tour in 2013 of the Scottish Highlands and Lochs, and back to Paradise Square in Sheffield, the site of the former city gallows… Re/transmitting the data in public spaces, merging with the audience…

Trans/Human  //  The Audacious Art Experiment  //  Tinnitus Jukebox

Additional footage by Guy Smith and Josh

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Justice Yeldham live @ Supersonic Festival 2012

Turntablist and visual artist Lucas Abela (aka Justice Yeldham) excels at an instrument we cannot be sure anyone else plays or has even thought of… A long evolution from playing physically altered records led onto fixing contact mics to pieces of discarded broken glass and vocally manipulating them to produce astounding and often terrifyingly beautiful sounds/noise… (there is a logical progression, believe us… as you will be able to see in our forthcoming documentary on Lucas and his Vinyl Rally)

Check out Yeldham’s full performance at Supersonic Festival, Birmingham, 2012 and witness the wondrously maniacal artistry for yourself….

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Disposal – Trans/Aktion performance @ Connect the Dots

Disposal – a euphoric and bleak exploration of of the interface between noise and pain… performed by Trans/Human (Luke Twyman and Adam Denton of The Audacious Art Experiment) with Nick Kilby, performance artist and aktionist…..

Performed at Connect the Dots, Sheffield, 20th April 2013.

Prepare to be amazed… not for the faint hearted….

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