Photo: Bryony McIntyre

AMM & Malcolm Le Grice

What we wrote about them at the time…

 

Undoubtedly one of the most influential groups in improvisational music, and with the collective understanding of a group that has been keenly listening to each other for decades, AMM emerged from the first generation of UK free jazzers in the mid-60s, birthing a concept of instinctive, expansive and spatial-detailed improvisation far outwith any restrictions that would locate their music inside the idioms of jazz, minimalism or rock. 

Currently operating as a duo, Eddie Prevost's percussion, scraped metals and bowed cymbals and John Tilbury's restrained, sometimes near-hallucinatory piano lines continue to inspire and ignite the contemporary music scene. A long-time AMM friend and collaborator, Malcolm Le Grice remains one of the most important filmmakers and theorists of British structuralist cinema.  During the 60’s and 70’s he fired off works [including several for multi-projection] that are now regarded as early benchmarks of expanded cinema, questioning the conventions of film-watching and the oppressive model of single screen projection, and seeking to take film out of the cinema space and into the streets, live venues and galleries. Although they have collaborated with each other many times, this is the first time AMM and Le Grice have worked together in many years.