Monday 3rd December
John Tilbury plays For Bunita Marcus by Morton Feldman – The Capstone – 7:30pm
Lauded free improviser and interpreter of contemporary classical compositions, John Tilbury is perhaps best known for performing alongside Cornelius Cardew in the Scratch Orchestra and as a member of the brilliant improve group AMM. Here, he approaches one of Feldman’s most recorded pieces, a ‘monumental solo work’ for piano written well into the composer’s career. A durational piece with harmonies left hanging between sparse clusters of piano notes.
Tuesday 4th December
The Merseyside Improvisers Orchestra – The Capstone – 7:30pm
For his second night in Liverpool, pianist John Tilbury joins the local big band of improv and featuring a composition written by Tilbury himself, using a Samuel Beckett text as its basis. For part two of the evening, John will improvise with and direct the MIO.
Peter Murphy: 40 Years Of Bauhaus – The Ritz (Manchester) – 7pm
Vocalist for one of the defining gothic post-punk bands, Peter Murphy returns to Bauhaus material on the ‘ruby anniversary’ of the group alongside original bass player David J.
Thursday 6th December
PMS Radio DJ Night – Kazimier Garden – 5pm
Right after work and but a hop, skip and jump from BBC Merseyside HQ, the PMS team will be taking turns to play their favourites from
Rongorongo, Claire Welles, Lonesaw + more – Jacaranda Records Phase One – 7:30pm
A chrimbo cracker of a Deep Cuts, this seasonal special edition also includes Mark Greenwood’s new solo project Prison Behaviour alongside long term friend of the show Claire Welles and supergroup Rongorongo, plus the pre-eminent locally-sourced industrial noise of Lonesaw.
Clube do Choro – Aerie (24 Hardman Street) – 9pm
Upstairs venue Aerie is seeking to fill its loft with jazz and surrounding sounds. Merseyside-based Brazil-born percussionist Milena Sa (also of Trio Amelie) leads this group designed to give new life to the Choro genre of improvisational Brazilian folksong, a style with myriad Latin/African/Euro jazz influences and overtones.
Helena Hauff, Asok, Breakwave – 24 Kitchen Street – 10:30pm
One for the after-party crowd, Hauff is a go-to electro-tinged techno DJ that’s becoming something of a staple at this Chinatown nightclub – so an almost guaranteed great continuation after whatever else.
Gaika, Loft, Bryn – 24 Kitchen Street – unfortunately postponed
Friday 7th December
The Orielles – Invisible Wind Factory – 7:30pm
Another dreamy guitar pop act with roots in Liverpool to sign to Heavenly Records (after Stealing Sheep, and Hooton Tennis Club), The Orielles are very much on the up and now perform their bendy, chorus-heavy tracks as a four-piece with the addition of mercurial fellow traveller Strawberry Guy on keys. Support bands number three in total, with Spilt, Brad Stank, and Three From Above on opening obligations.
Saturday 8th December
Ponderosa Glee Boys – District (61 Jordan Street) – 8pm
Another true Eric’s 77 style opportunity to catch the once geographically-dislocated, now Liverpool-re-oriented post-punk band Ponderosa Glee Boys, returning to show off new material in this show to launch their latest record, ‘Awake’.
Acid Cannibals – Outpost (formerly Maguires, 77 Renshaw Street) – 7:30pm
Noisey, fast, faintly psychedelic Glaswegian duo Acid Cannibals come to do the right thing in the back room of still new-feeling independent venue Outpost. Also playing: Abominate and Loose Nuts. Honourable mention to Outpost for carrying the baton after the closure of pizza place Maguires, with the same staff going on to turn the place into a bit more of a bar, with a boosted-up function space.
Looking ahead: Wednesday 12th December
‘Sir Henry at Rawlinson End’ 40th Anniversary – Liverpool Philharmonic Music Room – 8pm
Michael Livesely re-revives Vivian Stanshall’s bizarro and fully out-there Peel Session-based LP from 1978 in this nationally renound adaption for the stage.
Thursday 13th December
Queen Zee – 24 Kitchen Street – 7pm (sold out)
Playing their debut album in full – one time only!
Saturday 15th December
WHXRS, Basic Switches, Burnerfriends, Doghead – Drop the DumBulls – 8pm
Spine combine forces with Wetroom to present their 6th and final event of 2018 – an evening of experimental, industrial, electronic and ‘other’ music of grassroots origin. Well worth following these around the North Docks for a look at a micro-community blossoming quite quickly into a brilliantly noisy yet friendly and accessible offshoot of a scene unto itself. WHXRS will perform an extended ‘religious death march’; Basic Switches is Cowtown’s synth operator writ solo; Burnerfriends is a spin-off of local repeato-rockers The Mekano Set; Doghead is a power electronics / ambient project of one member of Mal/Lonesaw/Syring House. A multifarious and fascinating bunch.
The PMS team's recommendations as presented on the programme.