Birmingham Fizzle Presents: Emil Karlsen, Phil Wachsmann and Martin Hackett + Richard Scott. 12.09.2021, 2pm

For the start of the autumn season,


Fizzle is delighted to present Emil Karlsen (drums), Phil Wachsmann (violin) and Martin Hackett (analogue synthesiser) + Richard Scott (viola).

The improvising trio Tern is Philipp Wachsmann, violin and electronics; Emil Karlsen, drums; Martin Hackett, Korg MS10. First coming together in 2019, they recognised in each other a commonality of approach to improvisation, based on each musician's concern with the expressive physicality of their instrument's sound. A CD of studio and live work is forthcoming.

Tern (Wachsmann / Hackett / Karlsen) are all exceptional musicians in their own right, and each recognised for their unique approach to creating improvised music. When these three great minds chose to work together they sparked a rare artistic alchemy with startling results, from the subtle and ethereal melodic ideas, to robust and tactile rhythmic volleys, even the roughest of sounds in their repertoire are deeply considered and musically compelling. They reveal a vast palette of colour as they dance between the darkest shadows and the most vivid and dazzling light. This is fine music for all the senses.

— Dr Paul Abbott, Director of Events and Enterprise, Leeds Conservatoire & Artistic Director, Sounds Like THIS Festival

About Fizzle

Fizzle is a promoting organisation in Birmingham that concentrates on the overlapping areas of free jazz, improvised music and electronica. It operates round the year with a break in the summer months using various venues in Birmingham. It collaborates very closely with TDE Promotions which runs a similar programme in the Hexagon Theatre, the Eastside Jazz Club and occasional other venues.

For many years it has used the back room at The Lamp Tavern every other Tuesday and on occasional Sunday afternoons. It is currently running a short summer series on Sunday afternoons at the Centrala venue in the Digbeth area of Birmingham, and also hopes to use The Edge venue, also in Digbeth, and Artefact in Stirchley in the autumn.

Fizzle runs a programme that reflects the strength of the creative music scene in Birmingham and in the UK more generally. Players booked in recent years have included players from the thriving local scene, the national scene and international visitors, for example Paul Dunmall, Mark Sanders, Pat Thomas, Rachel Musson, Julie Kjaer, John Edwards, Olie Brice, Chris Mapp, Percy Pursglove, Sarah Farmer, Annie Mahtani, Andy Woodhead, Peter Brotzmann, Joe Morris and Sunny Murray.

The greater part of the programme is made of live gigs, but during the lockdown period of 2020 and 2021 it has produced a number of recorded sessions at Sansom Studios for online broadcast. It has also run residencies in which new work is created, and will extend this activity with the Composer Collective this year. It has also collaborated with the Flatpack Film Festival to produce programmes of improvisation to silent films. It has also participated in the Ideas of Noise festival.

Fizzle is funded by Arts Council England together with TDE Promotions, and has also received occasional donations; this enables it to pay reasonable fees to performers. The organisation is run on a voluntary basis.


TDE Promotions

TDE Promotions was established in 2016 by experienced promoter Tony Dudley-Evans to expand the programme of free jazz and improvised music in Birmingham and to ensure that this scene is properly funded.

It has promoted on a regular basis in the intimate Hexagon Theatre at mac Birmingham and at the Eastside Jazz Club at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, plus occasional gigs in other venues, e.g. the Main Theatre at mac and the Hare & Hounds.

Its programme at mac has concentrated on groups from the national and international scene, with bands such as Petter Eldh’s Amok Amor, Punkt Vrt Plastik, Tom Rainey Trio as well as groups led by Evan Parker, Mark Sanders, Chris Mapp, Andy Woodhead, Kit Downes and Orphy Robinson. It has commissioned Rachel Musson to write an extended piece for a nonet of largely Birmingham based musicians, Paul Dunmall to run a monthly series, Paul Dunmall Invites, at the Eastside Jazz Club, Jacob Garchik to tour with a UK version of his trombone choir. It has also set up recording sessions for Paul Dunmall, Mark Sanders, Lee Griffiths and Sarah Farmer during the lockdown period.

The programme thus complements and extends the Fizzle programme. Programming is done by Tony Dudley-Evans in consultation with the Fizzle team, while the Fizzle programming is done by the Fizzle team in consultation with Tony Dudley-Evans. One key to the success of the collaboration is that the programmers of Fizzle and TDE Promotions are free to make their own decisions, but keep the others fully informed.

TDE Promotions has been successful in applying for Arts Council Project Grants and these grants have supported both the Fizzle and the TDE Promotions programmes. The grant has enabled Fizzle to move on from being a door money gig to one paying musicians reasonable fees.

See also


About the venue

Centrala, Birmingham:UK Unit 4 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley St, Birmingham B5 5RT

Centrala mission statement on instagram

Centrala is a new multifunctional space, located in Birmingham. The space created by PEA - a non profit organization with interest in community. As an organization that is highly interested in cultures and different background communities, we are trying to assist in cultivating the tradition and dissemination of the rich history of Eastern and Central Europe, which then we can introduce to people from other nationalities. We believe in our success as with the time we managed to create a positive environment for integration and community cohesion promoting art, culture and mutual understanding.

Social Share Buttons for this article - one click and share

Read 614 times