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Music from the Leeds Improvising Scene

Jez Nelson presents music from the Leeds improvising scene including a set from Shatner's Bassoon, a sextet led by recent Leeds College of Music graduates, keyboardist Johnny Richards and bass player Mick Bardon.

Recorded in front of an enthusiastic home-town audience at the city centre's Fusebox night, their music veers from math-rock to sounds of the circus, with irreverent humour never far away.

The programme also includes a visit to The Shed in Brawby, north Yorkshire's hub of improvised happenings now celebrating its twentieth season. Trombonist Gail Brand explores how the venue has maintained both a strong audience and a challenging agenda - past exploits have included Lol Coxhill playing in a skip and Mrs Boyes' Bingo (a duet for bingo caller and percussion) - and takes part in a specially-created event, Shed Builder, improvising in a workshop with a welder.

Presenter: Jez Nelson
Producers: Peggy Sutton & Phil Smith.

1 hour, 30 minutes

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Mon 8 Oct 2012 23:00

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