Ray Brassier, Jean-Luc Guionnet and Seijiro Murayama
19:30 at Tramway 4
Tickets: Free, but reserve at Tramway Box Office


PortraitRay Brassier: leading young (In terms of other philosophers you normally heard of, at least) philosopher of immanence and a kind of radical (positive) nihilism1; and noise/ improvisation fan.

PortraitJean-Luc Guionnet: (amongst other things2) star organist from INSTAL 09.

PortraitSeijiro Murayama: super restrained/ intense (amazing reduced recordings for snare and tiny bits of plastic) to elemental (was the original drummer in Keiji Haino's incendiary Fushitsusha) percussionist.


A full-blooded, emotional attempt to reinvigorate improvisation from a musically inclined philosopher and two philosophically inclined improvisers.


What would improvisation that's both conceptually rigorous and affectively (emotionally) challenging sound like, feel like?

How can we go beyond the tired ideas of improvisation as a refined sensibility and taste (appreciating great timing or unusual sounds etc), or conceptualism (totally abstracted from the real world)?

Maybe through an engagement with all of the conditions and possibilities of music and its situation (the people in the room, the kind of location)? What's really at stake here?

And how can we put more at stake?

Jean-Luc Guionnet and Seijiro Murayama: Untitled [18:46]

1A bracing argument for the stripping away of lazy crutches (the sops of religion, mysticism, the search for meaning or value…).

2See his event with Eric La Casa for more on Jean-Luc.