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Bangor - Tŷ Sain #3 Hedge + Nick Branton + ensemble 11 11 2022

Tŷ Sain series concert three - Bangor Gwynedd


Tŷ Sain series concert featuring

  • Hedge Trio - Andy Hodges, Phil Morton and Nick Branton
  • Nick Branton solo clarinet
  • grŵp cynfas gwag - the `house band` playing free ensemble improvisation.
    • grŵp cynfas gwag - translates as Blank canvas Group

Criteria for participation in the house band

The concert will feature the ensemble grŵp cynfas gwag
All levels of ability are welcome to join us on the night.
Please make contact to share your intentions.
The music is free ensemble improvisation.

Date and times

  • Friday 11.11,.2022 Event start times: Doors 18.30 - event start 19.00
  • Friday 09.12.2022  confirmed


free, there is no fee at present during 2022.
Charges will be introduced in 2023


This event is scheduled to be monthly at this location.
There are plans for weekly events, using a range of venues in North wales.



  • 17.10.2022 - Postponed
  • 07.11.2022 - Informal session at Bethesda, postponed due to rail strikes.
  • 11.11.2022 - Concert in Bangor
  • 09.12.2022 - Concert in Bangor
  • XX.01.2023 - January 2023 date(s) yet to be confirmed.

Read more - before the event date

To read more before the event date visit the Improvisers Networks Online website - wales section and find the article for the date


Read more - after the event date

To read more after the event date visit the Improvisers Networks Online website - Wales event archive section and find the article for the date




The Friends Meeting House - The Quakers
6 Dean St,
Bangor LL57 1UP


About Hedge

Hedge - the timbral meld.


hedge image


Hedge The `Jigsaw` sessions in Bangor delivered by `improvisers' networks Wales` in 2016 was the fertile ground from which the the duo `Hedge` grew.

It features Andy Hodges (prophet 12) and Phil Morton (accidents & treatments), free improvisation is their musical process and the outcome is characterized by; the matching or clashing of the textural, the timbral. This Hedge sits still but when you listen again it is somewhere else.

Phil Morton - accidents and treatment -

Nice tag line, but Mr Morton is more likely to be found playing the guitar these days, a guitar: bought in 1970 for £16.00, that currently is rarely intentionally tuned, a magnetic pick-up and a contact-microphone deliver two differentiated outputs to one acoustic amplifier. The target appears to be; timbral rather than tonal, the voicing and spacing of chords rather than chasing and taking the notes down the straight alley. A guitar player who rejects the boxes, pedals, digital processing approach to extending the sound pallette as the `acoustic` world is infinate and enough for him: or is it he's too poor to buy them! Except for one: the lexicon jamman, sampler, delay, loop has remained part of his set up for twenty years, and remains a key part of his performance, a performance forged in the air that it moves.

Chaparral Andrew Hodges, prophet 12

is an outsider having had no real music education. In 1980 he decided to reconstruct music theory from first principles, defining all the possible patterns of scales and chords available to contemporary instrumentalists. After a further decade working on timbre using FM Synthesis, he devoted the next 20 years to defining almost 9000 rhythm families and over 40 million polyrhythms.

In between theory work he has worked with artists ranging from Annie Lennox to Pat Thomas and Tim Turan. Among his solo creations are 3 CDs and the recent Pilgrimage Project; an experimental quadraphonic work, recorded in ancient churches (and one cathedral) resulting in over 50 hours of music.

Over 60 tracks are held in the Michael Gerzon collection at the British Sound Library including live recordings playing with a diverse variety of bands in Avant Garde Rock, Reggae, Psychedelic, Self-composed and freely improvised styles. He has self published a Dictionary of Rhythm and 6 books on polyrhythms, The Ho Ho Chi Rhythm Method.

Having spent the last two decades living on a remote peninsula, and the last 3 years programming some unique sounds into his new Prophet 12 synthesiser he was happy to form the improvising duo, Hedge with Phil Morton, recognising in Phil a kindred spirit, and a compatible approach, which Phil ingeniously describes as a timbral meld.


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Media files

grŵp cynfas gwag media files.
Here are two media files that are both short that is under five minutes and contrasting.

Date September 2021 Piece 4

Date September 2021 Piece 5



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