Survival Skills poster

13th April | The Jazz Market: Survival Skills (Chris Sharkey solo), Zeitgeist

Another collection of musicians, this time both from Leeds, who bend instruments, sounds and genres to redefine our concepts of jazz, electronica, math rock and creation at Strongroom Bar in Shoreditch.

Cosmic Roundup: Kunal talks to Rich Collins of Cosmic Carnage

Our events organiser Kunal got interviewed by fellow promoter Rich Collins of Cosmic Carnage, as part of his Cosmic Roundup series for Echoes And Dust.

‘We Are Peering Over’ album launch – Question 3

Ahead of their show at Rich Mix on Thursday 22nd September, Chris Sharkey, Peter Ehwald and Bitch ‘n’ Monk tell us about their latest musical discoveries.

Tickets at http://www.wegottickets.com/event/368263

More details at http://chaostheorymusic.co.uk/22nd-september-bitch-n-monk-album-launch-peter-ehwald-survival-skills-chris-sharkey/

From Colombia to London: Mauricio Velasierra’s pioneering flute techniques

Today we want to tell you more about the fascinating story behind flautist Mauricio Velasierra, and the unique techniques that he invented, as his project Bitch ‘n’ Monk hold their album launch at Rich Mix on Thursday.

Soprano Heidi Heidelberg speaks about her techniques and influences

We continue to share info about each of the seven experimental artists involved with our two events this week. Today we hear from soprano Heidi Heidelberg, one half of Bitch ‘n’ Monk, who hold their album launch at Rich Mix on Thursday. We asked Heidi about her unusual technique and her influences, and here’s what she had to say: *   *   *   *   *   *   * After a gig I am often asked that peculiar question: “are you classically-trained?”, mainly because I can use vibrato and tend to dance around in my soprano range when I …

‘We Are Peering Over’ launch interviews – Question 2

Ahead of their show at Rich Mix on Thursday 22nd September, Chris Sharkey, Peter Ehwald and Bitch ‘n’ Monk tell us a lesson that they’ve each learned in their lives so far. Tickets

Chris Sharkey continues with electronic improvisation at Rich Mix

We continue to share info about each of the seven experimental artists involved with our two events next week. Today we’re talking about Chris Sharkey, as he’ll be continuing to develop his solo improvisational project Survival Skills at Bitch ‘n’ Monk’s album launch at Rich Mix on Thursday. Chris became first known to us many years ago as the guitarist of nu jazz outfit Acoustic Ladyland, who wrapped up their ten-year career with four consecutive gigs at The Vortex Jazz Club, each with the original lineup playing through the respective album they recorded, before disbanding. Since then, Chris has continued to …

‘We Are Peering Over’ launch interviews – Question 1

Ahead of their show at Rich Mix on Thursday 22nd September, Chris Sharkey, Peter Ehwald and Bitch ‘n’ Monk tell us which musician, past or present, they’d like to play with.

Peter Ehwald flies over to the UK for an exclusive show

Today we want to focus a little on Peter Ehwald, one of the people taking jazz forward as a philosophy and not a genre, as we’re quite honoured that he’s flying over to London from Germany especially for his gig at Rich Mix next Thursday.

Cristabel Christo art exhibition at Rich Mix

We’re delighted to say that on Thursday 22nd September, multimedia artist Cristabel Christo is making her sculptures available for exhibition and sale at Rich Mix, during Bitch ‘n’ Monk’s album launch. The duo’s album ‘We Are Peering Over’ features a series of interchangeable covers, featuring photos of different sculptures by Cristabel designed around the music.

22nd September | Bitch ‘n’ Monk album launch, Survival Skills (Chris Sharkey), Peter Ehwald

A special collaboration between ourselves and Tina Edwards of Jazz Standard, one of London’s best promoters of contemporary jazz, Rich Mix, one of London’s hottest hotbeds of contemporary creativity, and daringly experimental duo Bitch ‘n’ Monk, as they launch their new album ‘We Are Peering Over’.

9th October | The Jazz Market: The Geordie Approach, A Sweet Niche

More accomplished musicians have a loud argument about what ‘jazz’ even means these days.

Promo video: Shiver, The Fierce And The Dead, Alex’s Hand at The Facemelter in July

Kunal excitedly rants about the next show with Shiver, The Fierce & The Dead and Alex’s Hand at The Black Heart on 3rd July 2015.   Promo video   Tickets   Video by Pippa Bayston: http://sparklefilms.co.uk

3rd July | The Facemelter: Shiver, The Fierce And The Dead, Alex’s Hand

A night of insane math rock, prog, jazzcore and experimental riffs from some of Europe’s finest.

Survival Skills – new self-exploration by Acoustic Ladyland/Shiver guitarist Chris Sharkey

“This came about because it just had to happen. Basically I couldn’t put it off any longer. “ Chris Sharkey, renowned jazz-punk experimenter and guitar player for Acoustic Ladyland and Shiver is explaining to me over the phone what his latest electronica project is all about. Survival Skills, the name of the new solo act, gets its debut with Chaos Theory this Saturday at Power Lunches, and while his name is sure to draw a loyal crowd, this is definitely a musical and creative departure for Chris. “I just felt I had to express myself in this way. It just …