Saturday, April 13, 2024

The Blank Canvas Ensemble - Liverpool - welcomes musicians 2024

The Blank Canvas Ensemble  - Liverpool


An introduction


The Blank Canvas Ensemble - Liverpool is the house band for the Blank Canvas Concert series, which is a legacy of the Frakture Organisation (1997-2014)
The ensemble, as the name suggests, will play a music made without prior preparation.
The Blank Canvas Ensemble - Liverpool -  will use the music system, "System 50:50 for improvisers" .
System 50:50 for improvisers maybe new to you, please visit the feedback tab to read what musicians say about System 50:50.
For more information about "System 50:50 for improvisers" click here

There is no short term or long term aim to explore contemporary compositional methods, e.g. Conduction, Cobra, graphic scores.


The concerts schedule for 2024 is monthly. Please visit the Merseyside section of this website, find an event article listed as Blank Canvas Ensemble Liverpool, this article should list the next event date and future event dates. CLICK HERE

To join

There is no formal audition. New members are required to attend one performance as a member of the audience, then we have a discussion.
To express an interest, simply visit the registration tab displayed within this article, and follow actions expressed in the text.

Interested, but improvisation scares you

Relax, simply attend, listen, reflect on what you have heard then have a chat.

The Players

Here is a list of musicians who may currently appear in and with the Blank Canvas Ensemble - Liverpool, .

  • MARTIN HACKETT [ Oxford improvisers ]
  • PHIL MORTON, accidents and treatments
  • CLAYTON JACKSON, (Lancaster) electronics
  • TIM WISE, reeds, Salford.
  • SIMON ROSS, Turntables, Macclesfield.

Lapsed or floating members of the Ensemble - Liverpool: Julia Cadman, John Pearson, Adam Roberts, Yashashwi Sharma, Kristina Warren ( returned to the USA), PHIL LUCKING, trumpets, PHIL HARGREAVES, RICHARD HARDING, guitar, DAVID CANTER, bass clarinet, ROB THORPE, guitar (Manchester), ANDREW LESLIE HOOKER, no input mixer (Pandy Tudor), SABINE KAUSMALL, guitar, PAUL PIGNON [ Stockholm! ], IAN SIMPSON, guitar, PETER JONES, guitar, ALEX SCOTT, trombone,


Some feedback on `System 50:50` from the musicians

System 50/50 works well - it’s a really good way to get a group to play effectively without egos , virtuosity , and shyness getting in the way. It is democratic, inclusive. coherent, leaderless, focused, there is room to think and time to listen, choices. It is less competitive more cooperative. Ends well Simon Ross (Macclesfield), Blank Canvas Sextet - Liverpool

I gives me permission to do nothing. John Aveyard. Preston

Richard Harding Liverpool. ``Sometimes in free improv it is just not working but we carry on in the hope it will get better, in system 50:50 if it (free improv) is not working one can select tacet and stop playing`

Helen Conning, Liverpool. It is democratic

On system 50:50 “Definitely something with LOADS of possibilities - the reaction in the car driving back was unbelievably positive - no one could remember playing in a large ensemble that was so "open". The openness allowed me to play quietly, which meant the dynamics were incredible for an improvising large ensemble.” - Charlie Collins Sheffield

"It seems to me that any attempt to restrict what free improvisers play, presents a threat to the core nature of their music. Generally, 'To play or not play' is about as far as any predetermination can productively go, the player retaining (almost!) complete formal agency regarding when and what (s)he decides to play" Dan Goren, Oxford Improvisers.

Maggie Nicols (Wales), I want to buy twelve clocks

To express an interest, to request more information, to communicate, please go to the tab above called registration and complete the form therein.

Phil Morton

Hybrid options

This project has links to events that are online.
More information should be available at the telematic section of this website : CLICK HERE
Alternatively you can view realted events both online and in the flesh, in a room displayed in the newsfeed: CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE NEWSFEED.

Registration Form

To express an interest, to request more information, to communicate, please complete the form below


  1. In the field: Name of the event etc, please enter, Blank Canvas Ensemble Liverpool
  2. In the field:Location, please enter Liverpool
  3. In the field: add your name to the contact list, it is a good idea to ad yess - otherwise nothing will happen.
  4. In the comments section it helps if you add a short paragraph about yourself and the instrument(s) you play.

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