Engine Room Favourites at Lost Voices – Thursday 27th November

Martin Archer’s Engine Room Favourites is an extraordinary band.








Featuring no less than ten of the finest jazz and improvising musicians from the North of England, Engine Room Favourites play a contemporary music that reconnects with the lost AACM tradition of Anthony Braxton and the Art Ensemble of Chicago. Structured compositions allow space for the individual talents of this all-star band to shine through…They might well be the ultimate lost voices band…

“Archer’s bountiful resourcefulness once again shines radiantly within a large ensemble format…yet another example of his far-reaching proclivities and fertile imaginative powers”
Glenn Astarita, ALL ABOUT JAZZ

Engine Room Favourites are: Martin Archer – Saxophones, bass clarinet, bass recorder; Mick Beck – Tenor saxophone, bassoon; Graham Clark – Violin; Laura Cole – Piano and Fender piano; Corey Mwamba – Vibraphone; Seth Bennett – Double bass; Peter Fairclough – Drums and percussion; Johnny Hunter – Drums and percussion; Walt Shaw – Percussion; Steve Dinsdale – Percussion

Engine Room Favourites at Lost Voices is a co-promotion with Jazz North

Lost Voices. View Two Gallery, 23 Mathew Street, Liverpool L2 6RE
£6/4 on the door. Doors open at 7.30pm. Music from 8 ’til late.

Hope to see you there

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two great gigs

Thanks to everyone for two fabulous gigs last week.

Smith/Cole/Molloy (so named until such time as they think of a snappier one…), duck-rabbit and Karen Wynne all shone on our regular night on thursday 27th – 3 pianists, 3 bass players (and 3 basses), a poet and a saxophone.

Saturday saw the very welcome return of the so so stylish Dead Belgian for a special Lost Voices Presents event 6 years after their debut performance at one of our first ever gigs… They were dead good.

Next up, on thursday 27th November, we have the incredible Engine Room Favourites

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Lost Voices – October 30th

Ready, Steady, Go…

… October Lost Voices line-up all lined up and ready to go…

An incredible interplay of found sound, electronics and live performance from this new trio featuring pianist Thomas Taylor with Joe Wright – saxophones and James Opstad – double bass.

A refreshing take on the spoken word jazz vibe with this new project from pianist Laura Cole (Metamorphic, Cole-Bennett Orchestra), poet Rommi Smith and double bassist Jenni MolloyAn expressionist 21st Century blues…

Karen Wynne & guests
… and something freshly minted from the box of tricks of Lost Voices’ very own songstress and pianist.

Hope to see you there

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Lost Voices Presents – Dead Belgian

We are very pleased to announce the long awaited return of the awesome Dead Belgian to View Two. Probably the finest purveyors of the authentic Jacques Brel experience this side of Bruges, this will be great…

DB lost voices

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Autumn Season


We’ll be back at the View Two Gallery on Thursday 25th September for the first gig of a new season.
We are going to try out a new, earlier start time this autumn- Doors open at 7.30 and music from 8, so make a note…

We kick off in September(Thursday 25th) with sets from:

Dors – an exciting UK/French 4-piece at the forefront of contemporary improvisation, composition and performance. (This is the first band that we’re putting on as part of the new ‘Outer Circle’ northern touring network.)
Phil Morton“When the tide goes out the rocks are revealed” Local artist Phil Morton presents this audio travelogue featuring the tide, the guitar, and accidents and treatments
Reid Anderson & guests –  http://theresastern.bandcamp.com/

In October (Thursday 30th) we have three new and very different piano-heavy projects- duck-rabbit, an improv/electronic trio from Thomas Taylor; Laura Cole (Metamorphic, Cole-Bennett Orchestra) with poet Rommi Smith and double bassist Jenni Molloy;  and a new set from our own Karen Wynne & guests.

And in November (Thursday 27th) we are giving the whole night over to Martin Archer’s extraordinary, 10-piece Engine Room Favourites

Hope to see you there. And don’t forget – doors at 7.30 and music from 8, so be there earlier than you think…

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Outer Circle


Outer Circle is a grass roots UK touring scheme that co-ordinates the activities of DIY promoters working in areas of music outside of the mainstream. The core idea is co-operation between like minded promoters, sharing ideas, experience and resources, and ultimately co-ordinating their separate activities into a cohesive touring network. The scheme is a celebration of the fantastic musical activities that are happening every day across the country on minimal budgets but fuelled by passion and excitement for outsider music. By simply bringing these geographically spread individuals together and opening a dialogue, we can strengthen each respective music scene and through open co-operation, can each become stronger!

For the first Outer Circle touring scheme 6 experimental jazz/improvised music promoters from Liverpool, Derby, Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield and Newcastle have happily joined forces! A tour period (when all the different concerts could be fitted into a one week period) was decided and through a supremely democratic nomination and voting system (similar to that used by Eurovision) the excellent Anglo-French band DORS has been selected for the first tour.



Christophe de Bezenac – alto saxophone, electronics
Chris Sharkey – guitar, electronics
Eve Risser – piano, electronics
Yuko Oshima – drums, electronics

The Dors are a new UK-France collaboration uniting four musicians at the forefront of contemporary improvisation, composition and performance: de Bezenac and Sharkey are best known as two thirds of the critically-acclaimed, cutting edge trioVD, the band who took “a sledgehammer to preconceived limitations of jazz”; Eve and Yuko are Donkey Monkey, a duo which “draws an ink moustache on the face of international creative music” – Yuko, from the vibrant Japanese rock scene, and Eve, with her virtuosic command of the piano and deep insight into C20th repertoire. Powerful sound collisions and moments of spine-tingling stillness combine with influences from gamelan music, musique concrète, experimental rock and electronica.

The Dors are supported by supported by Jazz Shuttle


Sunday 21st – Splinter, The Bridge Hotel, Newcastle – 8pm
Tuesday 23rd – The Family Album, Derby – 6pm
Wednesday 24th – Jazz at the Lescar, Sheffield
Thursday 25th – Lost Voices, Liverpool
Friday 26th – Freedom Principle, Dulcimer Bar, Manchester

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its a long, long time from May to September

Some more fine music last time around with stunning sets from Mr. Neil Campbell and the awesome Boxcar Aldous Huxley.

Thanks to all of them, and to everyone else who has played over the last couple of months; a very fine Lost Voices spring season we think.

We’re having a break over the summer and will be back in the autumn (on 25th September to be precise) with more marvellous musical mavericks…

… Hope to see you there.


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Next Event – 26th June

Extraordinary things from Shatner’s Bassoon and Mr. Mark Greenwood (& guests) in May… And here’s some more for June…

Boxcar Aldous Huxley

BoxcarAn amazing 8-piece band from Bristol. If you read between the lines then its all in the title; full-on Americana (banjos, harmonium and a musical saw) mashed up with a peculiarly English sense of songwriting, storytelling and, dare we say it, drug-induced decorum… This is a great band.

Boxcar Aldous Huxley have spent half a decade honing a sound that has been described variously as “a Victoriana Cardiacs”, “Horror-Folk” and “decidedly strange.” An eight-strong troupe of wildly varied players thrown together in a fit of spontaneity and experimentation, their different backgrounds have resulted in a crazed songwriting machine, starting off in Tin Pan Alley and heading determinedly off course.

“Boxcar Aldous Huxley’s ‘Hora’ alternates from sounding like something from a mid-eighties Tom Waits album to a gypsy jazz take on ‘Trout Mask Replica’. The Active Listener

Neil Campbell

A bold new set from a well-know local guitar virtuoso.

For Lost Voices he will perform for the first time three new transcriptions of pieces by Philip Glass (Opening from Glassworks, Metamorphosis Part 1 and Modern Love Waltz). Continuing the minimalist theme his set will also include Erik Satie’s Three Gymnopedies and a powerful new version of Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint (Acoustic Counterpoint) for live guitar played against a visually projected performance film.

“an outstanding guitarist whose originality of thought makes him far more than just another gifted purveyor of finger acrobatics” Classical Guitar magazine


Lost Voices. View Two Gallery, 23 Mathew Street, Liverpool L2 6RE
£6/4 on the door. Doors open at 8.30pm. Music from 9 ’til late.

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Next Event – Thursday 29th May

This month we have two more extraordinary outfits.

Shatner’s Bassoon are a wild and wonderful 6-piece band from Leeds purveying their own unique take on about a dozen musical traditions and quite possibly making up a few as well…

Shatner's Basson

Michael Bardon – bass/electronics, Ollie Dover – sax/clarinet, Joost Hendrickx – drums/electronics, Andrew Lisle – drums, Johnny Richards – keys/electronics and Craig Scott – guitar/electronics.

“partial to onstage sparks and explosions…” Jez Nelson, BBC Jazz on 3

Mark Greenwood and Jon Davies

Mark Greenwood (2)

Performance art poet
meets multi-talented multi-instrumentalist. Hard-edged music and wordsmithery from two Liverpool-based experimentalists.

… and if we feel like it, there might be something else as well.

Lost Voices. View Two Gallery, 23 Mathew Street, Liverpool L2 6RE
£6/4 on the door. Doors open at 8.30pm. Music from 9 ’til late.

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An extraordinary performance last time round from Experimental Sonic MachinesSONY DSC

Thanks to Peter and to Dex, Mark and John for a great night.

Next up are Shatner’s Bassoon on Thursday May 29th…

Full line-up and more details to follow…

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