Thursday 23rd January, 8pm

Midlands Arts Centre, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham

Presented in partnership with TDE Promotions

Tom Rainey Trio 

Cutting edge New York trio featuring three leading lights of Jazz/Improv world; Mary Halvorsen (guitar), Ingred Laubrock (saxophone) and Tom Rainey (drums) meld “free-styling painterliness” with “shards of line and sonics”, creating “refreshing new and not-sentimental kind of beautiful music.” (Josef Woodard - Downbeat/Jazz Times/The Los Angeles Times) 

(NB Tickets sold separately through mac website - click here to book)

Thursday 30th January

BCU Parkside/Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Presented in partnership with Birmingham City University Jazz Research Department

Michal Wróblewski Seminar + performance, 10AM-1PM

 Acclaimed Czech saxophonist/composer presents a seminar on his practice in which he investigates the purpose of improvisation in music, and time consciousness during the process of improvisation. Followed by a lunchtime duo concert with Mike Fletcher.

The Woodman, Eastside, Birmingham

Presented in Partnership with Birmingham City University Jazz Research Department

Experimental{sound}Writing Workshop 2PM-6:30PM 

Experimental writing workshop linking words and music and documenting interdisciplinary art forms. Led by Riffs Journal with internationally renowned musician/writer Nate Wooley. This is followed by an interactive workshop/performance with Mike Fletcher and Nicolas Pillai's writing/saxophone duo. Bring your instruments!


Nate Wooley 

Nate Wooley works as an interpreter, improviser, and composer within the contemporary conjuncture of contemporary classical, jazz, noise, and electronic music. Expect a thrilling, edge-of-your-seat concert from this multifaceted trumpet player. 

IoN Shorts: James Banner   

James Banner is a musician and composer from Dudley, now based between Leeds  
and Berlin. His music has been supported by Initiative Musik, UdK/HfM Hanns Eisler Berlin, The Berlin State and Making Music. He studied jazz, performance and composition in Birmingham, Paris and Berlin, and now works as a performer of jazz and improvised music around Europe. 

Friday 31st January, 5pm - 11pm

Saturday 1st February

Sunday 2nd February, 2pm - 6pm

Thursday 6th February, 7pm

Friday 7th February, 8pm-11pm

Saturday 8th February



Sunday 9th February, 4pm-7pm