The eleventh in the series - 'Unpredictable: Conversations with Improvisers’ is a series that has grown out of a deep research into the nature of Free Improvisation.

Sue Lynch is a composer and multi-instrumentalist working in the improvised music tradition. Lynch currently runs The Horse Music Club at I K L E C T I K with Adam Bohman and Hutch Demouilpied. She studied Fine Art at Coventry College of Art and in the 1980s toured with The Happy End Big Band. She is also a bandleader/arranger for Hogcallin’ (Mingus tunes) and performs with The Custodians of The Realm (text collages and improvisation) and Helen McDonald’s sounds of the seventies Future Groove. In 2015 she performed with The Cambodian Space Project and with Maria Vatentina’s opera Mannequin. In 2016, she was part of an ensemble of improvisers as part of Tarek Atoui’s Reverse Collection at the Tate Modern.

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'Unpredictable: Conversations with Improvisers’ is  a collection of videos that have grown out of a deep research into the nature of Free Improvisation, its history in the UK and its international connections. The collection responds to the urgent need to investigate the genre and its rich legacy. Research and filming began in 2011. It was directed and produced by artist, curator and educator Blanca Regina in collaboration with Steve Beresford and Pierre Bouvier Patron. The series was commissioned by Sound and Music for the 50th anniversary of the British Music Collection.

The series focus on twelve active performers, interviewing pioneers like Terry Day and Maggie Nicols and, from the second generation, Steve Beresford, David Toop and Peter Cusack.

Women have always been an important presence in Free Improvisation but this has not always been reflected in how the genre is seen. In ‘Unpredictable Series’ we made a point of including more women than men, particularly women with developing careers in the field.

Many of these videos have been filmed in the context of 'Unpredictable' events, and others have followed the artists into key London venues like Cafe OTO and IKLECTIK. These are two of the most important venues in the UK for freely improvised music – a genre that sprang to life in the mid ‘60s, has always had a strong community in London, but is often not fully acknowledged. 

Blanca Regina and Steve Beresford created 'Unpredictable', a series with an emphasis on Free Improvisation that features exhibitions, performances, talks, films and publications. In 2014 they were joined by Pierre Bouvier Patron.

Directed and produced by Blanca Regina

Advisor: Steve Beresford

Camera and editors: Pierre Bouvier Patron & Blanca Regina

Sound: Blanca Regina

Photographies by Tomi Osuna, Nadjib Le Fleurier, Jak Kilby and Pierre Bouvier Patron

Thanks to  Mike Figgis venues and musicians  Cafe Oto, Fielding Hope, IKLECTIK, Eduard Solaz, William Morris Gallery, Shabaka Hutchings and many more

More information at www.unpredictable.info


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In Conversation with Sue Lynch