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25th August | Norwood & Brixton Foodbank fundraiser w/ Treasure Of Woe, Carl White, Apocalypse Jazz Unit

London promoters Wrongpop and Chaos Theory have gotten together for a one-off special event to raise money for Norwood & Brixton Foodbank.

Tickets at £5

100% of ticket sales go to the charity.

Some of the best new underground bands out there have agreed to bring you their sounds for this excellent cause, so it’ll be a phenomenal evening with extra positive vibes.

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11th May | Match & Fuse + Chaos Theory present: The Display Team, Magnus Loom, Ms Mercy

We’ve joined forces with promoters of avant-garde jazz, prog and all manner of genre-colliding music, Match&Fuse to present a lineup of audio oddities at New River Studios in Manor House.

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4th August | The Facemelter: Zolle, Memory Of Elephants, Black Shape

Incredible mathy punky jazzy noisey goodness brought to our ears from the recesses of Italy, Bristol and London to The Black Heart in Camden.

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5th May | The Facemelter: Lost In The Riots, Los Padres, Codices

Joyous math rock meets seamless prog at The Black Heart in Camden.

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1st May | Mouse On The Keys + Mutiny On The Bounty + Strobes

Extraordinary trio Mouse On The Keys are back from Japan, armed with fresh material from their upcoming album ‘Out Of Body’, out on 25th January via Topshelf Records, accompanied by Luxembourg-based math rockers Mutiny On The Bounty.

27th April | Chaos Theory DJ night at Strongroom Bar – Free entry

More free musical fun at Strongroom Bar in Shoreditch, for people who like to hang out in great bars with great drinks, great food and refreshingly underground music.

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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.

23rd March | Chaos Theory DJ night at Strongroom Bar

A special guest DJ night at our residency at Strongroom Bar!

DJ duo Dear Boss will lay down a mesmerising mix of funk rock sleaze to psychedelic folk oddities, way-out electronics to new age exotic fuzz, spaced-out rockabilly to lo-fi agit-punk and everything in between.

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11th March | 4 Card Trick: Jonny Halifax & The Howling Truth, Georges Kaplan Presents… (EP launch), Snack Family (with Adam Betts)

Ladies and gents! A one-off special event at New River Studios from 7.30pm, packed with live music, film, spoken word, card games and other tricks, all draped in a haze of noir, blues, jazz and rock ‘n’ roll. Come dressed in your finest or raggiest and enjoy an EP launch by one of the first bands we ever worked with!

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9th February | The Jazz Market: Nøught, A Sweet Niche

The first edition of The Jazz Market in 2017 brings groundbreaking punk, psychedelic, prog and jazz talent to the stage at Strongroom Bar,, right in the heart of Shoreditch.

26th January | Chaos Theory DJ night @ Strongroom Bar launch

Strongroom Bar in Shoreditch has gone back to their musical roots and designed a new bar to suit!

You’re all invited to join them in toasting the refit of their main bar. Come down for a beer, take a look at the new space, which will be the home for The Jazz Market and Whispers & Hurricanes for the foreseeable future.

‘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.

29th October | The Jazz Market: Vels Trio, Adam Betts (TTT), Sneaky (Fingathing)

A serious display of talent from musicians who fuse their traditional training with technology to create modern masterpieces (aka rhythm gurus produce certified bangers).

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’.

3rd July | Chaos Theory DJ with THUMPERMONKEY Guest DJ at BrewDog Shoreditch – Free entry

We’ve teamed up with the forward-thinking management at BrewDog Bar Shoreditch, to bring you a monthly free-entry music night in their brand spanking new basement. With guest DJ Mike Woodman of Thumpermonkey.

22nd April | The Display Team (‘Shifts’ album launch), Thumpermonkey, A Formal Horse

A frenzied night of prog, punk, ska and rock madness, with bands hiding immense technical prowess under gloriously unhinged music, as local heroes The Display Team launch their latest album ‘Shifts’.

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

4th July | Chaos Theory curates the Northern Stage at Unsigned London Festival

We’re curating the Northern Stage of Unsigned London Festival on a sunny Saturday afternoon in Shoreditch Park.

And it’s free! Just register for a free ticket for a great two-day event celebrating local unsigned music.

Read below about our choices for the Folk & Jazz stage between 3 and 6pm on Saturday 4th July.

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.

Humour, explosive riffs and “subconscious jazz”: The genius behind Alright The Captain

With sharp burst of energy, explosive humour and tight no-nonsense songwriting, Alright The Captain are completely unique for a band coming out of the post-rock scene. Gone are the long spells of introspection and ten-minute track epics. These guys can take you on an emotional fairground ride in the space of three minutes, and you still feel exhausted. The trick with these guys seems to be not taking it all too seriously. The music is experimental in many ways – it takes a lot of risks, and from what they told us about their writing process, they are not averse to …

Time, Space and the future of jazz – an interview with Moses Boyd

The great jazz legend John Coltrane believed that this music was something more than entertainment, or something there to just take people’s minds off their struggle. For Coltrane, and those that came after him, jazz music was a form of prayer, a kind of ritualistic emotional dance with higher powers. These days it is hard to find artists of any genre who see their music as anything other than a mechanism to a career, or at best, providing a simple relief to the pressures and hardships of working life. With Moses Boyd Exodus, however, there is a keen interest in …

A journey into the minds of Parshmaune

Too frequently non-jazz audiences get the wrong idea about what the genre is all about. Too frequently those that might take to the experimental quality and strength of jazz pass it over because of a historical prejudice about its supposed clique-like exclusivity. However, here at Chaos Theory, we think that jazz is entering a new era. Musically the genre has been developing for decades, and ever since Miles Davis started interpreting pop melodies within his idiom, jazz has absorbed and assimilated the striking patterns of the ever-shifting cultural environment. Parshmaune embody everything that is great about modern jazz. A craft …

The discordant anti-poetics of Flowers Of Evil

We caught up with Flowers Of Evil after a great set at The Facemelter earlier this July. ———————————————– Author of the classic poetry volume The Flowers Of Evil, French symbolist poet Charles Baudelaire, once said that “strangeness is a necessary ingredient of beauty”. You would think that a band that shared a name with Baudelaire’s great work of the sordid and macabre would be the very embodiment of Shoreditch pretension. Not so. If you are expecting Velvet Underground references and tight black polo necks, you are going to be massively disappointed. Flowers Of Evil couldn’t give two shits if you …

Patchwork Natives – math rock and prog jazz fusion. From folk musicians.

When journalist and folk musician James Black watched Patchwork Natives at The Facemelter in July, only he could have spotted the guitar technique that made him suspect their folk origins. A chat outside helped to clear up exactly where their sound comes from. ———————————- The first thing that strikes you about Patchwork Natives is the freshness of their sound. The music is strident and alive, and though this Brighton trio have been together for a year and half, they sound brand new, as if they stumbled across their sound only yesterday. Their curiousness and sense of discovery is an infectious …