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With Mark Springer piano
Steve Fishwick trumpet 
Mark Sanders percussion 

Three of the most outstanding U.K. jazz and contemporary music performers. 

“It has to be an absolute RISK” says Springer, “in that we can’t determine anything before the actual concert and the whole space including the audience will become part of how the music is made up.” 

  • About
Individual performances where 3 musicians over 3 separate nights come to play previously undevised and unexpected music, made spontaneously on each specific evening opening up a sense of risk in the moment.
These 3 virtuoso artists are willing to freely explore what music they can create in one place at one time.

Mark Springer - piano
Is a pianist and composer who first established his musical credentials while still in his teens with the innovative group Rip Rig + Panic. He was instrumental in forging their ground-breaking sound and was described by the NME at the time as having hornets in his head and a mercurial gift at his fingertips. Having released three albums with the group, he went on to sign a solo deal with Virgin and made a further trio of albums for the company, culminating in 1991’s acclaimed solo piano release ‘Menu’. With the ‘Menu’ recording Springer used his piano techniques to make delicate nuances of impressionistic sounds, and also incorporated dynamic ‘compositions in real time’. This is his own description of his creative piano process to distinguish it from improvisation. After his tenure with Virgin records Springer continued to create ground breaking new music. This included recording his own material on a series of critically acclaimed releases on the contemporary label exit.co.uk with people as diverse as the drummer from the band Portishead Clive Deamer, up to his latest release MATTER with the fabulous French group the Tana String quartet. Springer is always keen to work with other ground-breaking artists in order make his musical visions as powerful as possible. Springer also created an earlier work in opera when he collaborated with, among others, the artist, Damien Hirst, who designed the sets for the performances of “Agongo” the first ever opera installation at the Edinburgh Festival which was performed over three weeks at the de Marco theatre to rave reviews. Mark Springer’s most recent release is the new CD - MATTER on exit.co.uk which features the Tana String Quartet, Mark Springer and Mezzo Soprano, Danielle Segen.


Steve Fishwick - trumpet
Steve Fishwick has established himself as one of the leading jazz trumpet players based out of the UK, with a widening international reputation and growing recognition. Steve has worked with most leading European jazz musicians including Peter King, Mike Carr, Jim Mullen, Dado Moroni, George Mraz, the BBC Big Band, the WDR Big Band, as well as leading USA jazz masters including Anita O'Day, Cedar Walton, Ron Carter, Jimmy Heath and younger American stars including Grant Stewart, Gregory Hutchinson, Leon Parker, Grant Stewart and Bruce Barth to name but a few. He has released 10 CDs and LPs under his own name or as a co-leader, the latest being Mind-Ear-Ladder by the Alex Merritt/Steve Fishwick Quintet on the Spanish Fresh Sound New Talent label. Enjoying a busy performing career having appeared throughout Europe, New York, and as far afield as Peru and China, Steve is also a busy educator and currently holds teaching positions at The Royal Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Birmingham Conservatoire, Leeds College of Music, and Trinity Laban. Steve is also proud to be an official Schilke artist.

Mark Sanders - percussion
Mark has had a career taking in many styles and genres, this history informs his now mainly free improvisation based work, but he also works in theatre, dance, contemporary classical and conceptual art situations. He has played with many renowned improvising musicians including Roscoe Mitchell, Wadada Leo Smith, Derek Bailey, Henry Grimes, Roswell Rudd, Okkyung Lee, Barry Guy, Jah Wobble, Charles Gayle, Peter Evans, Trevor Watts, William Parker, Nate Wooley, Ivo Perelman and Nicole Mitchell. He works with John Edwards in a duo and with groups including trios with Evan Parker, John Butcher, Elliott Sharp and many other groups visiting the UK and in Europe. Part from a regular duo with John Butcher he also performs John`s composition`Tarab Cuts` which has played festivals in Brazil and Europe. He also has his own group `StaggerLee Wonders` including Black Radical Poetry and Prose, featuring Cleveland Watkiss and Robert Mitchell, the trio `Shofar` with Pat Thomas and Rachel Musson. He is in a longstanding duo with Sarah Gail Brand which has featured on the BBC`s `The Stuart Lee Show`and in the film `Taking the dog for a Walk`. They also have a group featuring Steve Beresford. With multi media artist Christian Marclay, Mark has played around Europe in his pieces`Everyday` and `Screenplay` also as a soloist for his 2015 exhibition at The White Cube Gallery, London. For Conceptual artist Henrik Hakensen`s film `The End` he has performed as an improvising soloist , playing with Orchestras in Glasgow, Sydney and Monte Carlo. In situations using composition in one form or another Mark works in various projects including `13 Vices` with Jennifer Walshe/Brian Irvine and The Red Note Ensemble, Sarah Sarhandi`s `Both Universe`, Elaine Michener`s `Sweet Tooth` and has played in various groups of Shabaka Hutchins`. As a guest with New York`s ICE Ensemble he has performed John Zorn`s `The Tempest` in London and at Huddersfield New Music Festival. He is a member of the groups of Paul Rogers, Paul Dunmall, Simon H Fell, Julie Kjaer`s `Both Worlds`, in duo and `Frisque Concordance` with Georg Graewe , Mikolaj Trzaska and the groups `Rope` and `Foils`. Mark is a Lecturer at Leeds College of Music and Guest Tutor at The Royal Academy of Music, London.

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28 NOV | 7.30pm
5 DEC | 7.30pm
12 DEC | 7.30pm
Running time: 80 mins
Interval: n/a
Recommended for all ages
Tickets (All unreserved)

General Admission £22

Concession £18

Access for All £18
Note: Please contact boxoffice@theplaygroundtheatre.london for your complementary ticket for a carer/companion/friend

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