The Defining Ten with...Evan Parker

The Defining Ten with…Evan Parker

At The Cellar Arts Club, 70 Marine Parade, Worthing, BN11 3QB

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The Defining Ten is where an artist/creative is invited to take us on a musical dot to dot journey of the tracks which have led them to who they are today. These could be the first song they have a memory of, first purchase, first song they learnt to play, the track which opened doors, the track which closed doors, a track which inspired and lead to a new musical direction – so expect a variety of tracks from themselves and other artists. These tracks will be played in turn – either from vinyl, cd or streamed – and discussed with the artist. The evening will end with a unique performance and chance to meet the artist afterwards.

On Thursday 29th September we bring a national treasure of indie music – STEVE MASON – former frontman of the beloved 90s/00s band The Beta Band to Worthing.

The Beta Band were one of the most acclaimed, exciting and experimental acts of the late 90s/ 00s indie scene, creating a massive stir with the release of their first 3 eps (later collected as The 3 Eps and famously featured in the movie adaptation of Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity) followed by 3 critically acclaimed albums – The Beta Band Album, Hot Shots Part 2 and Heroes To Zeroes.

Following the split of the band Steve Mason released an album under the King Biscuit Time moniker through an imprint of Alan McGee’s post Creation label Poptones. An electro influenced album under the name of Black Affair – a collaboration with Jimmy Edgar – followed. In 2010 the first of 4 albums under his own name was released – Boys Outside was produced by lauded producer Richard X, the originator of the “bastard pop” movement. This was followed by Monkey Minds In The Devil’s Time in 2013, Meet The Humans in 2016 and his latest album About The Light, released in 2019 on the indie label Domino – home of the Arctic Monkeys, amongst others.

With a catalogue of work which has always had an eclectic experimental edge with a heartfelt core Steve Mason’s Defining Ten songs will no doubt be a wonderful trip full of surprises…and following the discussion of The Defining Ten Steve Mason will be treating the audience to a special exclusive 45 minute DJ set.

The Defining Ten is where an artist/creative is invited to take us on a musical dot to dot journey of The Defining Ten is where an artist/creative is invited to take us on a musical dot to dot journey of the tracks which have led them to who they are today. These could be the first song they have a memory of, first purchase, first song they learnt to play, the track which opened doors, the track which closed doors, a track which inspired and lead to a new musical direction – so expect a variety of tracks from themselves and other artists. These tracks will be played in turn – either from vinyl, cd or streamed – and discussed with the artist. The evening will end with a unique performance and chance to meet the artist afterwards.

On Thursday 30th March we bring the biggest name in British free jazz to Worthing – Evan Parker.

Evan Parker was born in Bristol in 1944 and took up the saxophone at the age of 14. Early influences included Paul Desmond, Eric Dolphy, and above all John Coltrane. After witnessing the Cecil Taylor Trio in full flood in New York in 1962 he was, as he says, “marked for life”, converted to the intensities of free jazz.

Back in England, he gradually found players to share his fervour, including John Stevens and the members of the Spontaneous Music Ensemble – Dave Holland, Kenny Wheeler, Paul Rutherford, Derek Bailey and others – and, importantly, Peter Kowald, who made the introductions to the German scene. In 1970 he joined the Schlippenbach Trio, of which he is still a member, and subsequently the Globe Unity Orchestra.

Free improvised music has accounted for most of Parker’s activities over the last forty years, whether playing solo or in groups. His saxophones have been heard inside jazz big bands led by Kenny Wheeler, Chris McGregor, Barry Guy, Stan Tracey and Charlie Watts and in the chamber music of Michael Nyman, Gavin Bryars, Frederic Rzewski and others. He has also been sought out by artists on the experimental fringe of pop music such as Scott Walker, Robert Wyatt, David Sylvian, Jah Wobble, Spring Heel Jack, Squarepusher and Spiritualized.

We are very excited to bring the biggest name in British free jazz to the intimate space of the Cellar Arts Club to discuss the 10 tracks which have defined him as a musician, after which the audience will be treated to a special short performance.

The Cellar Arts Club, 70 Marine Parade, Worthing, BN11 3QB