St John’s and ‘Bitten by a Monkey’ present: John Russell, 13 March, 7.30pm

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St John’s and ‘Bitten by a Monkey’ present: John Russell, 13 March, 7.30pm
St. John on Bethnal Green and fabled London-based improvised music group Bitten by a Monkey (Dylan Bates, violin; Roland Bates, piano; Steve Myers, recorders) present the second in their monthly series of acoustic concerts, this month featuring renowned guitarist John Russell.
John Russell got his first guitar in 1965 while living in Kent and began to play in and around London from 1971 onwards. An early involvement with the emerging free improvisation scene (from 1972) followed, seeing him play in such places as The Little Theatre Club, Ronnie Scott’s, The Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Musicians’ Co-Op and the London Musicians’ Collective.
From 1974 his work extended into teaching, broadcasts (radio and television) and touring in the United Kingdom and, ever extensively, in other countries around the world . He has played with many of the world’s leading improvisers and his work can be heard on over 50 CDs.In 1981, he founded QUAQUA, a large bank of improvisers put together in different combinations for specific projects and, in 1991, he started MOPOMOSO which has become the UK’s longest running concert series featuring mainly improvised music.
All About Jazz says of John’s playing that “Russell always gives the impression that he has time to spare and never seems in a hurry; he will sound single notes, letting them ring and fade away naturally, giving the listener the opportunity to savour them as he himself does; when playing chords, he will often sound notes individually, sometimes emphasising one by playing it louder or repeating it. He occasionally employs such techniques as scraping the strings or playing below the bridge, but never gratuitously; instead they are smoothly integrated into the flow.” 
This concert offers an opportunity to hear one of improvised music’s most influential performers in a solo setting.
Bitten by a Monkey have been developing an improvised band-sound together since 1997. Their performances incorporate elements of composition, folk music, ritual, and noise.
Future guest soloists confirmed for the series are multi-instrumentalist Terry Day (April), and saxophonist Evan Parker (May). 
St John’s cash bar will be open throughout the evening.