news | september… arround 3

London Improvisers Orchestra on friday the 3rd @ Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin St / Dalston / London E8 3DL / 8pm 

Workshop Series on monday the 13th @ Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin St / Dalston / London E8 3DL / 8pm

Duet with Tom Challenger on thursday the 30th @Luna Lounge , 7 Church Lane / Leytonstone / London E11 1HG / 8pm


news | summertime

SATURDAY 28th August 2010

Steve Beresford piano / Roger Turner perc /Guillaume Viltard double bass

8.30pm | £5 | The Vortex Jazz Club, 11 Gillett Square, London N16 8AZ


SUNDAY 22nd August 2010


Maya Dunietz piano
John Butcher saxophones
Eddie Prevost drums
Guillaume Viltard double bass.


Cafe OTO

18 - 22 Ashwin street, Dalston, London E8 3DL

 Times : 8pm Tickets : £5 adv. / £6




SATURDAY 21st August 2010


living somewhere, playing somewhere,  concerto for bass and friends


73A Saint Johns Road, N15 6QJ
0208 809 7257
nearest tube :  Stamford Hill




MONDAY 27th July 2010


Unturned Stone : Lionel Garcin (saxophones) / Charles Fichaux (drums) / Guillaume Viltard (double bass)


 Cabrials ( Hérault, France) 9pm


news | Little LIO @ Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club

Tuesday 10th August 2010

9 pm ( doors 6 pm) 


Lol Coxhill - soprano saxophone

Caroline Kraabel - baritone saxophone

Ricardo Tejero - tenor saxophone

Noel Taylor - clarinet

Shabaka Hutchins - Eb clarinet

Harrison Smith - bass clarinet

Sonia Paco-Rocchia - bassoon


Ian Smith - trumpet

Roland Ramanan - trumpet

Robert Jarvis - trombone


Susanna Ferrar - violin

Alison Blunt  - violin

Benedict Taylor - viola

Hannah Marshall - cello


Dave Tucker - conductor

Roberto Sassi - electric guitar

Rodrigo Montoya - tsugaru shamisen


Terry Day - pipes, words, etc.

Tania Chen - i-Phone, melodica, etc.

Pat Thomas - electronics

Steve Beresford - piano


Guillaume Viltard - contrabass

 Tony Marsh - drums




47, Frith Street, Soho

London, W1D 4HT

Tel: +44 (0)20 7439 0747


news | 2 gigs on the other side


Espace Jemmapes

116, quai de Jemmapes - Paris, 10°

details here


Utopic Free Music – mardi 6 juillet 19h30 - Galerie Le Réverbère

38 rue burdeau, Lyon / Tél. 04 72 00 06 72 / Entrées 5/10/15 €

Katsura Yamauchi

(saxophones solo)


Sébastien Coste & Guillaume Viltard

(sax soprano, baudruches, contrebasse)

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news | sundays & mondays… june

Sunday 6th London Improvisers Orchestra @ Cafe OTO

Sunday 20th    Solo at Mopomoso !

This happens at The Vortex, 11 Gillett Square, London N16 8AZ. Doors open 8 pm.



Sunday 27th - Trio with John Butcher & Eddie Prevost

 The Vortex, 11 Gillett Square, London N16 8AZ. Doors open 8 pm


and the workshop concert is on monday the 28th at Cafe OTO with:

David O’Connor - saxophone
David Papostolou - cello
Romuald Vladych - guitar/objects

Paul Abbott - electronics
Ross Lambert - guitar/objects
Sebastian Lexer - piano+

Kamura - voice
Eddie Prevost - percussion
Guillaume Viltard - double bass
Seymour Wright – saxophone

 Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin St, Dalston London E8 3DL 8pm


lire | about 3 bass solos

Guillaume Viltard Running Away  Un rêve Nu urn 001

Joe Williamson The Inhibitionist  Jedso Records #2

Barre Phillips Portraits Kadima Collective Recordings KCR 025

Double bass solos were barely tolerated and usually treated with condensation in jazz before the 1960s At that point, new sonic experiments liberated nearly every instrument from its expected role. Like similar sessions for reeds and brass, solo string projects began to appear in profusion. This trio of solo bass CDs demonstrates how the concept of individual improvisation now has a history of its own and how the strategies adopted to do so are being extended by a new generation of players.

Barre Phillips however is veteran explorer in this territory. An American who has been based in Europe since the 1960s, Phillips recorded Journal Violone, one of the first solo bass albums, in 1968. A more easygoing affair, Portraits is an object lesson in string and wood finesse. On then other hand, Ivory Coast-born, French native Guillaume Viltard and Canadian-born, Stockholm-based Joe Williamson are at least a generation younger than Phillips, and their CDs ring with improvisations that are earthier – in Viltard’s case literally – rougher, more frenetic and use more uncommon techniques to contort additional textures from the bull fiddle than Phillips does.

Running Away’s final tracks are more basic, because as they were recorded outside within Bouconne forest, the sounds heard besides Viltard’s measured stops, staccato abrasions and spiccato pops are aviary chirps, whistles and peeps. The bassist, who in other contexts has worked with saxophonist Heddy Boubaker and pianist Nusch Werchowska, takes the bird calls in stride, paralleling them with his own mid-range plucks, creaking tremolos and other sound extensions, but making no attempt at mirrored onomatopoeia.

These same rubbed staccato lines and bouncing string sweeps are applied in more controlled studio circumstances earlier on. Powerful in execution, it often seems as if Viltard is physically digging into the sound currents with both hands, exposing whistling flutters, resonating slaps and wood-rending growls. Sweeping from sul pontiucello squeaks to slippery staccato strokes during the improvisations, his bass-string expression encompasses the fiction engendered from plucking tightly wound, very thick strings, as well as multiphonic soundboard thumps that result from the bow rubbing against taut strings.

Williams, a peripatetic European traveler who has played with stylists as different as guitarist David Stackenäs and pianist Misha Mengelberg, has a similar command of his instrument on The Inhibitionist’s three extended solos. Most impressive is the title track which uses broken-octave scrapes and intermittent note clusters to create a distinctive narrative. Connective rather than solipsistic in his playing, Williams layers and positions different tones so that overall harmoniousness is revealed. These harmonies bypass mere tunefulness however. Using glissandi to move upwards to accelerated squeals and pummeling downwards for knife-edge scrapes, his strategy is more direct than aleatoric. Thumping the strings or tapping the instrument’s waist and belly, his note-placement is still descriptive enough so that the layered tones complete a musical thought. Elsewhere massed sul ponticello and basso rumbles evolve slowly enough to reveal bowed polyharmonic and polyrhythmic textures. At points producing a tone that resembles that of a bass clarinet, his moderato strokes and mirrored rebounds affiliate in such a way that the resulting tones seem as inevitable as breathes.

Neither of these sessions may even have been conceived if not for then pioneering work of Phillips, who has played with everyone from saxophonist Evan Parker to violinist Malcolm Goldstein. In an avuncular mood during the six selections recorded at a Graz concert which makes up Portraits, Phillips alternates his bass playing with talking, describing his relationship with the bulky instrument and his history as an improviser.

Down to business, he proceeds to improvise in such a way that often the four-string bass sound as if it has several more strings. At one point he strums guitar-like on the strings while creating secondary accompaniment with the same string-set. Phillips’ higher-pitched textures are often cross-popped as if he was playing a dulcimer, yet flow cleanly in the lowest range, resembling bass-guitar pops. At certain junctures in fact, it appears as if Phillips’ reverberating pedal point is not only creating mandolin-like twangs, but also staccato strokes and reverberations which could be defined as Scruggs’ picking. And all this is done matter-of-factly.

Probably the high point of the disc is” Up and Out”. Here clicking and clanking string slaps are stretched with jagged timbres and spiccato extensions. Percussively thumping the bull fiddle’s wood, Phillips exposes strident fundamentals and their extensions, extending the lines further into polyrhythms. Finally he refracts patterns downwards to the bass lowest notes, crafting a highly tonal coda that could be an Appalachian ballad.

Phillips’ earlier experiments helped change the face of the bass, and Viltard and Williamson are talented enough to help carry on this work.

Ken Waxman on

May 22, 2010



voir | with Tony Marsh & Heddy Boubaker


news | what’s up in May ?

Saturday 1st May

Quintet featuring

Dario Bernal Villegas (MX) - percussion
Ramon Del Buey (MX) - Bass Clarinet
Lawrence Williams - Tenor sax
Guillaume Viltard - Double Bass
Phil Somervell - piano

£5 donation

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Sunday 2nd  of May


London Improvisers Orchestra at the Freedom of the City Festival

Wednesday 5th of May


@ Cafe OTO

18-22 Ashwin St


London E8 3DL



Guillaume Viltard - double-bass solo


Paul Dunmall - bagpipes, woodwind and saxes

Oren Marshall - acoustic/electric tuba

Steve Noble - drums



Satuday the 22nd of May - 10pm


Jamie Coleman – trumpet

Ross Lambert – guitar

Guillaume Viltard - double-bass


Chomley Boys Club, Boleyn Avenue 38, London N16


it is the building behind the Vortex.

Check out for further info

Wednesday 26th of May


Seijiro Murayama - percussions

Lawrence Williams - sax
Guillaume Viltard - double-bass


other sets will be a trumpet solo by Jamie Coleman and may be a duo with mark wastell and jonny mchugh

7 30 pm

at the chapel of Kings College London, 1 The Strand, Aldwych


news | April News

Sunday april 4 : London Improvisers Orchestra @ Cafe OTO

18-22 Ashwin St / Dalston / London E8 3DL - 8pm 

Monday april 19


INTERLACE in the Great Hall at Goldsmiths, New Cross - 7pm


Heddy Boubaker - sax

Steve Beresford - piano
Guillaume Viltard - double bass


Heddy Boubaker - sax

Grundik Kasyansky – electronics


Jenny Allum - violin

Jamie Coleman - trumpet

Ute Kanngiesser - cello
Sebastian Lexer - piano+



Wednesday april 21


flimflam  @  Ryan’s . 181 Stoke Newington Church St, N16. Entrance £6/4.00. Doors 8.30.


Heddy Boubaker - sax

Tony Marsh - drums

Guillaume Viltard - double-bass




Thursday april 22

@ Cafe OTO

18-22 Ashwin St / Dalston / London E8 3DL / 8pm 



Heddy Boubaker - sax

Seymour Wright - sax

Eddie Prevost - drums
Phillip Somervell - piano
Guillaume Viltard - double-bass



Monday april 26 - Workshop concert series @ Cafe OTO

18-22 Ashwin St / Dalston / London E8 3DL / 8pm 


Tom Mills (vln) and Jerry Wigens
Matt Hammond (vln) and Guillaume Viltard (double-bass)
Matt Milton (vln) and James O’Sullivan (guitar)


news | busy week

Thursday March 25 : Luna Fringe March’s MIX3 event features:

·        the highly rated band  ‘Aida Severo’:  

Chris Williams (alto saxophone)
Philip Somervell (electric piano)
Colin Somervell  (double bass)
Paul May (drums)

 ‘An interesting blend, full of power, intensity and lyricism. Great band. Great music. Highly enjoyable.’     (FreeJazz BlogSpot)

·        Sharon Gal (voice), Noel Taylor (clarinets) & Guillaume Viltard (double bass)


·        Video Art from George Saxon in collaboration with Darryl Georgiou : ‘Pixel Errors 1, 2 & 3’ & ‘Spinning Vertov’

 Luna Lounge
7, Church Lane
London E11 1HG

£ 5.00/£4.00 concessions

Saturday march 27


Steve Beresford - piano

Rodrigo Montoya - shamisen

Will Connor - percussion

Guillaume Viltard – double-bass


the Chomley Boys Club, Boleyn Avenue 38, London N16


(or simply go to the Vortex and it is the building behind the Vortex)