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Pop-Up Circus I @ St. Margarets House
A one-day show that presented visual art, music and film

Pop-Up Circus II @ Platform
A weekend show that presented visual art, music, theatre and film

A night of word-related performance and new work

Pop-Up Circus III @ Arch Gallery
07/06/2012 – 19/06/2012
A exhibition with launch and closing night parties that presented visual art, live music and dance.

Pop-Up Circus IV @ Gasoline Rooms
09/11/2012 – 30/11/2012
A Belated Bonfire Night Party that launched our longest exhibition to date, with an art exhibition in a secret gallery underneath Cambridge Heath station. The launch night presented live art, live music, dance and life drawing.

Pop-Up Circus V @ Rhythm Factory
06/12/2012 – 03/01/2013
An exhibition that launched with live music, live art, dance and film. As part of this residency we also hosted our first Xmas Party on 21/12/2012, featuring the Pop-Up Circus Xmas Big Band and many other avant-garde interpretations of Christmas themes.

Pop-Up Circus @ The Dash Cafe
An evening curated for Dash Arts themed around the Former Soviet Union, with film and live music.

Human Resource System @ Arch Gallery
11/03/2013 – 15/03/2013
A residency with Kieran McLeod’s large ensemble.

My Guess Launch @ The Vortex Jazz Club
Multimedia Album Launch for band Thought-Fox, featuring a live art performance by the New York-based Louise Potential, whose artwork was featured in the album.

Pop-Up Circus VI @ Wandsworth Arts Festival
In collaboration with Brick Box and Wandsworth Arts Festival – a night of participatory art, music and theatre.

X Marks the Spot: Pop-Up Circus Metanativity Show
A metanativity comedy combining original xmas big band music with theatre and live animation.

The Story of the Moon @ Rich Mix
Celebrating the 45th anniversary of the moon landing through new music for big band, live animation and participatory art.

Other ongoing series that Pop-Up Circus presents are:
The Kitchen Sink Series 
(est 25/01/2013)
The Kitchen Sink Series is an intimate series of performances and events that take place in private spaces made open to the public. There is no admission charge and people are invited to bring food and drink to share with one another.
Soapbox Series
(est. 05/03/2014)
The Soapbox Series is a night giving voice to artists and performers. This is a free event primarily for the public to gain insight into the practice and thought-processes behind artists’ work. The format is usually two artists of contrasting disciplines presenting their work, with interspersed readings by a writer/poet. The Soapbox Series is currently hosted by The Vortex Downstairs.



Sunday 20th July
The Story of the Moon @ Rich Mix
35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA
8pm | £10/8 advance
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There will be live animation throughout the night by team of artists including Greg and Amelie Genestine-Charlton and Jessica Jane Charleston. An epic visual piece will be screened by videographer Manuel Fernandez.

Rob Cope’s God of Apollo
Rob Cope


Rob Cope – soprano saxophone
Alex Roth – electric guitar
Matt Robinson – keyboard
Jon Ormston – drum kit

Inspired by the launch of Sputnik in 1957 and the subsequent Space Race that ensued, Rob Cope‘s Gods of Apollo is inspired by a period of great success for mankind, set against a backdrop of extraordinary political and ideological tension. A work infused with dialogue from NASA’s video archives and interviews, with the men who went further than any before, Gods of Apollo aims to reflect upon mankind’s greatest achievements, as well as their greatest failures. Listen to a sneak preview on the player below:

Katarzyna Witek
Night, sleep, dream, the moon. A minute passing is an hour long.
A short performance from dancer / choreographer Katarzyna Witek

Pop-Up Circus Big Band
The Pop-Up Circus Big Band will play newly written music of space-related music.

Andrew Oliver – director

Alice Zawadzki – voice

Miguel Gorodi – trumpet
Nick Malcolm – trumpet
Jack Davies – trumpet
Alex Bonney – trumpet

Nick Roth – alto / soprano sax
Will Scott – alto sax / clarinet
Nadim Teimoori – tenor sax
Alex Merritt – tenor sax
Rob Cope – baritone sax

Raph Clarkson – trombone
Caroline Hall – trombone
Tom Green – trombone
Courtney Brown – bass trombone

Alex Roth – guitar
Ralph Wyld – vibes
Matt Robinson – piano
Conor Chaplin – bass
Simon Roth – drums

With Compositions & Arrangements by:
Alice Zawadzki, Raph Clarkson, Nick Roth, Andrew Oliver, Matt Roberts, and Dan Duval

Mechanical Moon
Mechanical Moon 1

Erica Jarnes – voice
Martin Kolarides – guitar
Ed Blunt – keys
Ben Reed – bass
Dan Paton – drums

Mechanical Moon combine elements of jazz, folk and storytelling in an eclectic song cycle based on poems by the American poet Elizabeth Bishop.



Thursday 27th February
Kitchen Sink Series
An intimate private concert in a living room in London, N1
Kitchen Sink Collage
7.30pm – Odysseus Piano Trio [40 mins]
Piano Trio No. 1, H. 193 – Bohuslav Martinů
Piano Trio in A minor – Maurice Ravel
Sara Trickey – violin | Gregor Riddell – cello | Clare Hammond – piano
8.30pm – Adam Teixeira + Gregor Riddell
Percussion and Cello duo [20 mins]

The Kitchen Sink Series is an intimate series of performances and events that take place in private spaces made open to the public. There is no admission charge and people are invited to bring food and drink to share with one another.

Soapbox March Collage
Lizabel Stella – writer / blogger
Laura Shacham – filmmaker / producer
Shabaka Hutchings – clarinetist / saxophonist / composer
soapbox illustration by the amazing Jessica Jane Charleston

Wednesday 18th December

X Marks the Spot
Pop-Up Circus meets Chaos Collective Xmas Special

(click here for facebook event)

Christmas has gone missing. It’s disappeared!

A highly skilled crack team of musicians, actors and artists is assembled to recover the lost festive period and inadvertently creates a metaphysical nativity play. Along the way on their adventure the team encounters members of Clout Theatre Company, the Pop-Up Circus Xmas Big Band and baby Jesus.

X Marks the Spot includes: an animated set created in real time by Pop-Up Circus artists; sketches written by Chris O’Shea; and a soundtrack featuring the Pop-Up Circus Xmas Big Band and fantastic improvising musicians Mark Sanders (drums), Lauren Kinsella (voice), Valerie Pearson (violin), Elliot Galvin (piano), Nick Malcolm (trumpet), Raph Clarkson (trombone), Tom McCredie (double bass) and Simon Roth (drums).

Pop-Up Circus Xmas Big Band:

Voice: Alice Zawadzki
Trombones: Kieran McLeod, Caroline Hall, Tom Green, Raph Clarkson
Trumpets: Reuben Fowler, Nick Malcolm, Alaric Taylor, Jack Davies
Woodwind: Jon Petter (flute/clarinet), Joe Murgatroyd (clarinet/alto sax), Nick Roth (alto sax), Alex Merritt (tenor sax), Nadim Teimoori (tenor sax), Colin Mills (baritone sax)
Rhythm: Alex Roth (guitar), Matt Robinson (piano), Tom McCredie (double bass), Simon Roth (drums)

Visual Artists:

Greg Genestine-Charlton
Jessica Charleston
Joanna Waterhouse
Peter Georgallou
Chloe Roach

Kitchen Sink Series
‘Alive With Closed Eyes’ EP Launch

Alive With Closed Eyes EP Artwork

Sunday 20th October

Music for solo piano written by Chris Hyson and performed by Kit Downes
Music from The Bears by Chris Hyson & Lauren Kinsella

The Kitchen Sink Series is an intimate series of performances and events that take place in private spaces made open to the public. There is no admission charge and people are invited to bring food and drink to share with one another.

Space is limited so please use this contact form to book your place and receive the address.

Kit Downes

Kit Downes studied at both the Purcell School of Music and the Royal Academy of Music (where he is now an Associate) and began playing and living in London age 18 – meeting and playing with peers such as Calum Gourlay, James Maddren (who make up his long-standing trio), James Allsopp and Tim Giles (who make up the ‘Golden age of Steam’) and Chris Montague and Josh Blackmore (who make up ‘Troyka’) – as well as elder more established musicians such as Stan Sulzmann (whom Kit still plays with in Stan’s band ‘Neon’), Seb Rochford and Clark Tracey – Kit began building on these musical relationships, performing throughout the UK, Europe and America with many of them (with both Julian Arguelles’ group and ‘Empirical’ touring Canada and America – with Empirical playing at Newport Jazz Festival – the first UK group to do so for a long time). He also guested with some of the leading bands in the UK around this time – ‘Fraud’, Acoustic Ladyland’, ‘Micachu’, ‘Gilad Atzmon’ as well as playing with some of his heroes – Lee Kontiz, Thomas Stronen, Django Bates (in a special commission for Jazz on 3), Iain Ballamy and Leafcutter John. Kit has toured with his own group throughout Germany, Austria, Norway and Italy, and similarly with Troyka, and also received a BBC Jazz Award for his work with Empirical, a British Jazz Award for his work with his own band and a Mercury Music Award nomination for his Trio album ‘Golden’. Kit has released two more albums since then to good reviews, and now tours with his own Quintet, Troyka, Julian Arguelles’ Quartet, Nostalgia 77, Sarah Gillespie, Thomas Stronen and Sylvain Darrifourq. In 2013 he was also nominated in the Rising Star category in Downbeat Magazine.

Check out Kit’s Quintet in this video:

Chris Hyson

Chris Hyson is a London based writer and musician. He has toured as a bassist throughout Europe, Canada, the US and UK with some of Britain’s finest musicians. In 2011 he was awarded a ‘Yamaha Jazz Scholarship’ for outstanding musicianship. Studying at the Royal Academy of Music, Chris has been able to focus on his passion for writing as well as performing and is currently developing his own work for various upcoming projects, his band ‘the bears’ and his piano compositions.

Lauren Kinsella

Lauren Kinsella is a vocalist and composer based in London.  Hailed as “an artist in the complete sense” (Kevin Le Gendre, Jazzwise), she has performed in venues across Ireland, the UK, Switzerland, Hungary, Poland, France, Germany, Portugal, Norway and India.  She performs and writes for groups including Thought-Fox, Blue-Eyed Hawk, The Bears and collaborates with many artists including Hannah Marshall, Liam Noble, Julian Siegel, Dan Nicholls and Alex Huber.  Hailed as ‘a completely down to earth and exquisitely vivacious young Irish singer’ (Katie Bull The New York City Jazz Record) her music regularly appears on BBC Radio 3, Jazz FM, RTE Lyric FM and BBC Radio Scotland. She has released albums both on WideEar Records and Diatribe to critical acclaim and is the recipient of the 2013 Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize.

Check out Chris and Lauren performing Mermaid in this video:

Living Room Concert
Tuesday 25th June

Aisha Orazbayeva Pop-Up Circus

Violinist Aisha Orazbayeva is getting set for a three day stint of solo and duo recitals at the Festival Radio France, Montpellier. In preparation for this, Aisha and pianist Matthew Schellhorn will give an informal recital at a North London address on Tuesday 25th June.

Tuesday 25th June
Doors 6.30pm | Music starts 7.30pm
London (N1)
Aisha Orazbayeva – violin
Matthew Schellhorn – piano
Paganini Caprice no 2
Beethoven Violin Sonata no 10 op.96
Bach D minor partita
— Interval —
Fantasie for solo violin no 6 – Georg Philipp Telemann
Fantasy – Arnold Schoenberg
Towards a Brighter Hue – Johannes Maria Staud
Violin Sonata – Claude Debussy
Here’s Aisha playing Christian Mason’s ‘When Joy Became Mixed With Grief’ at Pop-Up Circus II


FRIDAY 17th MAY 2013

Wandle Cabinet 2

Battersea Mess & Music Hall
51 Lavender Gardens
SW11 1DJ
FREE ENTRY 6pm – 11pm

Pop-Up Circus VI is taking place at Wandsworth Arts Festival. Invited by Rosie Freeman and Eleanor Barrett from The Brick Box, we bring you a unique mix of music, art, performance and theatre to the Festival Hub for an evening of delights. And it’s totally FREE for the public!

Here’s what’s in store. Scroll down for info on each act:

6pm: Participatory art sessions with Zoe Savva & Isabella Cammareri

7.15pm: Olesya Zdorovetska’s ‘Before Speech’

8pm: Ruth Keggin Band

8.45pm: Clout Theatre with extracts from ‘The Various Lives of Infinite Nullity’

9.30pm: Human Resource System

Ruth Keggin Band
Manx Gaelic singer
Ruth Keggin

Ruth Keggin is a Manx Gaelic singer who is passionate about bringing Manx music and language to a wider audience. She studied voice with Amanda Crawley at the University of York and Scottish Gaidhlig song with Margaret Bennett at the RSAMD. Her debut solo album, featuring traditional and contemporary Manx Gaelic songs, will be released later this year.

Ruth Keggin – voice
Dave Pearce – guitar
Vanessa McWilliam – double bass
+ special guest Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin – wooden flute, voice

Human Resource System
Big Band led by Scottish trombonist Kieran McLeod
Kieran McLeod

Human Resource System is an exciting new project from the creative mind of Kieran McLeod, bringing together thirty Jazz musicians to play beautiful and inspiring music.

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Olesya Zdorovetska’s ‘Before Speech’

Olesya Before Speech

Olesya Zdorovetska is a performer and composer whose deep love of musical expression transcends genre and style. Recent solo projects include explorations of traditional music from her native Ukraine, investigations of Spanish poetry from the Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century, and “Undefined Pleasure” discovering the physicality of the instrument through the body of the performer. Tonight Olesya presents her new work ‘Before Speech’, songs without words in search of a musical protolanguage.

Clout Theatre Company
Extracts from ‘The Various Lives of Infinite Nullity’
Various lives Clout

“Truth is an odd number and death is a full stop.”

Inspired by the literature of Flann O’Brien, award-winning Clout Theatre presents extracts from their upcoming premiere at Battersea Arts Centre’s Scratch FestivalBlasphemous underwater saints, a man born at the age of 25 and de Selby’s famous scientific experiments are encountered by a trio of nameless vagabonds stumbling drenched yet thirsty through a landscape of pub snugs and human bicycles.

Isabella Cammareri
Participatory art

Isabella Cammareri is an emerging artist and illustrator, currently studying a BA of Fine Arts at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. Originally of Sicilian, Austrian and Malay-Singaporean decent, she was born and raised in the metropolitan city of Hong Kong, and she now happily resides in London. For Pop-Up Circus VI Isabella invites the public to add to a piece made in collaboration with Lynsey Morgann Laurence.

Zoe Savva
Participatory art

Zoe Savva

Zoe is a freelance workshop designer and facilitator focusing on artistic and creative expression with groups. Zoe’s workshop is orientated to encourage positive thinking, relaxation and participant enjoyment. The aim is to explore artistic expression and self realisation in a group environment.

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My Guess Launch Night @ The Vortex
Wednesday 8th May

On Wednesday 8th May Pop-Up Circus & The Vortex present a multi-disciplinary night celebrating the launch of Thought-Fox‘s debut album ‘My Guess‘, released on Diatribe Records. The evening commences with a performance by visual artist Louise Ward, whose work is featured on the album cover, followed by a live set by Thought-Fox featuring songs from ‘My Guess’ and then a DJ set featuring experimental dance remixes of Thought-Fox’s music.

Louise Ward + Thought-Fox
Here’s Thought-Fox performing live on RTE in Ireland:

Wednesday 8th May 2013

The Vortex Jazz Club
11 Gillett Square, London, N16 8AZ
Doors: 8pm | Admission: £9
Overgound: Dalston Kingsland / Dalston Junction
Buses: 149, 67, 243, 30, 76, 38, 56, 277
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book tickets here

Thought-Fox is an award winning jazz quintet created by Dublin-born/London-based vocalist Lauren Kinsella. The quintet take their name from a Ted Hughes poem written in his 1957 collection ‘Hawk in the Rain’. The poem is used as a springboard for approaching song and group interplay, with Lauren’s use of text bringing the listener closer to the music while the group explores extended vocal technique, odd-time grooves and traditional jazz harmony. Thought-Fox has performed at many leading European festivals including 12 Points Festival, Porto; London Jazz Festival; Songlines Encounters Festival, London; European Jazz Nights Festival, Oslo; and Cork Jazz Festival, Ireland.

Lauren Kinsella – voice
Colm O’Hara – trombone
Tom Gibbs – piano
Mick Coady – double bass
Simon Roth – drums

Louise Ward is an Irish artist based in Dublin and New York. Her work involves performing sets of minimal actions, incorporating sculptural objects and sound. Her work has recently been shown at esteemed art hubs Cage, Roth and Location One, New York, among other venues. Ward’s sensibilities are anchored in shifting perspectives of behaviour – the politics of everyday, between internalized worlds of pleasure and external systems in society. Tonight she will present her new workWith heads lit up.

Diatribe Records is Ireland’s leading label for new music, contemporary jazz and electonic arts. Since its formation in 2007 Diatribe has produced 22 internationally critically-acclaimed titles and a further 8 releases are scheduled for 2013/14. Diatribe was nominated for the Qwartz Electronic Music Awards 2012 and 2013, had a title in the Irish Times ‘Top Ten Albums of 2011’ and 4 tracks included on the IASCA compilation CD ‘Music from Ireland’ produced for delegations of Barack Obama and The Queen. In 2013 they became the first Irish label to receive an AllAboutJazz label profile feature.

Thought-Fox Album Cover

Thought-Fox Press:

“Given Kinsella’s striking voice and delivery, it says much for the group chemistry that each voice in Thought-Fox is an integral part. The rhythm, melody and lyricism inherent in these compositions should appeal to those who enjoy a good tune, while there’s enough of an edge to satisfy seekers of greater experimentation in their jazz. Original and highly satisfying, My Guess rather tantalizingly holds the promise of greater things yet to come.” – All About Jazz

A crisp contemporary take on Dave Holland and Steve Coleman.” – The Irish Times

“Attractive music with energy… a compleat band” – Canberra Jazz

“These musicians are undoubtedly devoted to their art – you can even pin point the moments they become lost in their own off beat compositions. The collision of sonorous rhythm and a backdrop of chaos make for a fervid debut.” – The Sunday Times

Thought-Fox gratefully acknowledge the vital support of the following organisations towards realising ‘My Guess’:
Music Network | The Irish Arts Council | Culture Ireland | Diatribe Records

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Friday 15th March
Human Resource System @ Arch Gallery


Kieran McLeod’s
Matt McCright (solo piano set)

Friday 15th March
The Arch Gallery
7.30pm | £8/5

From Monday 11th – Friday 15th March we’re setting up camp for a new project led by trombonist / composer Kieran McLeod.

Human Resource System is an exciting new project from the creative mind of Kieran McLeod. Thirty Jazz Musicians come together in one room for one week working 9 till 5. Over the week HRS will create brand new compositions together and learn music by ear. They will also use ‘Live Direction’, a piece of software Kieran has written that allows live control over the notes, dynamics and rhythm of each member of HRS. Human Resource System will form an organic body of 30 minds that creates intricate and beautiful improvised music.

This intensely productive week will culminate in a performance by the big band on Friday 15th March. The first set will be a solo piano recital by American pianist Matt McCright, as part of his UK tour.

Kieran McLeod’s Human Resource System

Kieran McLeod

Reuben Fowler, Tom Walsh, George Hogg, Jack Davies, Laura Jurd, Alaric Taylor

Richard Foote, Robbie Harvey, Patrick Hayes, Callum Au, Tom Green

Rachael Cohen, Matt Herd, Nick Roth, Joe Wright, George Crowley, Sam Rapley, Rob Cope

Alex Munk, Alex Roth

Matt Robinson, Tom Taylor

Chris Hyson, Tom McCreddie

Felix Higginbottom, Dave Hamblett, Corrie Dick, Jon Ormston, Simon Roth

Matt McCright

Matt McCright

Prelude – Kaija Saariaho

Darknesse Visible – Thomas Adès

Cube Dance – Justin Merritt

American pianist Matthew McCright has performed extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the South Pacific as piano soloist and chamber musician. He has devoted his life to performing works by living composers and has thrilled audiences and critics alike with an imaginative repertoire that spans both the traditional and a wide range of contemporary works. McCright currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota and is a member of the piano faculty of Carleton College while maintaining an active concert schedule as one of the most sought after pianists in contemporary music.

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Friday 25th January 2013

Highbury & Islington
7pm for a 7.45pm start

Pop-Up Circus is proud to present an intimate living room performance from a new chamber music ensemble. Taking place in a house in Highbury & Islington (two minutes walk from the tube), there is space for 30 audience members and we are taking reservations for places.

Information about the ensemble

A newly formed and as yet unnamed cello ensemble made up of three composer-instrumentalists from the UK and Norway. For this performance renaissance works will be performed alongside new works from living composers. The group performs as both a trio and soloists, and some of the works are supplemented with electronics. The programme will include the following works:
William Lawes – Transcription of a work for 3 viols (c.1640)
Gregor Riddell – Hypoxia for 3 cellos (2012)
Colin Alexander – piece for solo cello and electronics (2008)
John Dunstable – Transcription of a vocal motet (c.1420)
Stine Sørlie – Herbarium I for 3 cellos (2013)
Gregor Riddell – first and thrid movements of Their Scintillant Blades for solo cello (2012)

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Wednesday 6th February

Pop-Up Circus @ Dash Cafe
Rich Mix, Bethnal Green

Pop-Up Circus has teamed up with Dash Arts‘s Dash Café series to bring you a night of film and music for FREE! – 7.30pm on Wednesday 6th February at Bethnal Green’s Rich Mix.


The evening will be a mix of contemporary and traditional music and short films from Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Russia, and other former Soviet Union states, featuring a new musical ensemble comprising of:

Aisha Orazbayeva (pictured) – violin
Gregor Riddell – cello
Kit Downes – keyboards
Simon Roth – drums / percussion.

This new ensemble unites four highly regarded London-based musicians, two from the contemporary classical idiom and two improvising musicians. Music will vary from Russian folk ballads to arrangements of virtuosic solo violin repertoire.

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Pop-Up Circus V Xmas Party @ Rhythm Factory

(click here to hear the Pop-Up Circus Big Band’s version of Silent Night)

Pop-Up Circus V @ Rhythm Factory

Pop-Up Circus IV – Belated Bonfire Night Party @ Gasoline Rooms

Friday 9th November
A Belated Bonfire Night Party
Performance, Live Music, Dance, Art Exhibition, Life Drawing & Film
6pm @ Gasoline Rooms
299-300 Clare Street E2 9HD

Exhibiting Artists :

Greg Genestine-Charlton, Douglas Roberts, John Appleton, Peter Georgallou, Gerry Leal, Dick Thomas, Jane Elliott, Ruth Chambers, Jess Charleston, Peter Charlton, Coffee+Sponge, Jane Beharrel, Jo Waterhouse, Chloe Roach, Adam Laurence

Schedule (pm):

6.00 – Art exhibition opens
6.30 – From the sticks – where fantasty meets mumblecore – A film by Peter Georgallou
7.00 – Victor Marichal set
7.30 – The Maccaferri Club duo set
8.00 – Alex Morley’s visuals start
8.15 – Gregor Riddell & Rob Lewis – Contemporary Classical Cello & Electronics duo
8.45 – Peter Mallett’s music video to Michael Kiwanuka’s Always Waiting
9.00 – Annarita Mazzilli’s Seashore for solo dancer
9.15 – Kath O’Shea & Johnny Berrill – Traditional Irish Flute & Guitar duo
10.00 – Enrico Bertelli – Xenakis’s Psappha arranged for electronic drums
10.15 – Coffee+Sponge life drawing performance
11.00 – Exploding Hug Machine


The Maccaferri Club (duo set)
Oldtime and bluegrass – have a listen

Victor Marichal
Chanson – have a listen

Kath O’Shea & Johnny Berrill
Irish traditional – have a listen

Gregor Riddell & Rob Lewis
contemporary classical cello + live electronics

Annarita Mazzilli’s Seashore
for solo dancer

There is a man alone,
On the beach,waiting
like a rock for the return of a seagull.

Seashore is a solo inspired by the work of visual artist Domenico Mazzilli from his exhibition ‘Colours in motion’. Choreography and Performer – Annarita Mazzilli Music – Andy Higgs

Enrico Bertelli
Performing a version of Xenakis’s Psappha on electronic drum kit

Exploding Hug Machine
A set of groovy gnarly danceprov featuring Joe Wright (sax), Alex Roth (guitar), Dan Nicholls (keyboards), Louis van der Westhuizen (bass) & Simon Roth (drums)

Gasoline Rooms
299-300 Clare Street

E2 9HD

Tube: Bethnal Green | Train: Cambridge Heath | Buses: 254, 26, 48, 55, 106, D6, 309, 394, 388, 8

Pop-Up Circus III closing night

Pop-Up Circus III closing night celebrated our residency at The Arch Gallery with a closing night extravaganza (see the poster below). In a new international collaboration, Katarzyna Witek’s new dance company presented the following two new pieces:

INSTINCT: For four drum kits and three dancers

Katarzyna Witek (Poland) – dance
Charlotte Ashwell (UK) – dance
Isabel Slingerland (Holland) – dance
Joonas Leppänen (Finland)- drum kit
Alex Huber (Switzerland) – drum kit
Corrie Dick (UK) – drum kit
Simon Roth (UK) – drum kit

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The Immortal Game: For nine musicians and nine dancers

Marie Ronold Mathisen – dance
Joelle Green – dance
Isabel Slingerland – dance
Anthony Middleton – dance
Michael Kelland – dance
Charlotte Ashwell – dance
Katarzyna Witek – dance
Aina Gargallo – dance
Hollie Miller – dance
Colm O’Hara – trombone/direction
Lauren Kinsella – voice
Tom Jackson – clarinets
Nick Malcolm – trumpet
Dan Nicholls – keys
Joe Wright – electronics
Joonas Leppänen – percussion
Alex Huber – percussion
Corrie Dick – percussion
Simon Roth – percussion

Also, our friends from Fabelist will be presenting and selling their artwork from 6pm onwards, and the gallery will be serving hot food and drink.

Tickets are £5 on the door. All welcome!

Join the facebook event here

Fore more information…

Pop-Up Circus III opening night

We had the launch event of our summer exhibition at The Arch Gallery on Thursday 7th June. Here’s what happened…

Schedule of Events

3 – 6pm: Art Exhibition (free entry)

Artwork by nine hugely talented visual artists, ranging from the recently graduated to stalwarts of London’s arts scene. The artists are Fiona ScheiblHester FinchJane ElliottJulie Cooper, Peter Georgallou, Ruth ChambersStuart Brough, Trevor Simmons, Chloe Roach and Greg Genestine-Charlton.

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6pm – 1am: Live Show (£5 guestlist – sign up form on your right —>)

6pm – A large improvising ensemble led by Trumpeter/Composer/Improviser Laura Jurd working in dialogue with live artist Trevor Simmons. Featuring top notch improvisers Elliot Galvin, Lauren Kinsella, Corrie Dick, Simon Roth, Joe Murgatroyd, Joe Wright and Alex Roth.

7pm – Octandre Ensemble presents modern adaptations of renaissance lute music, featuring award-winning composer Christian Mason on Theremin and virtuoso guitarist Sam Cave.

7.45pm – Kieran McLeod’s ‘New World’ – Stunning Contemporary Jazz, taking on board British Jazz, Scottish Folk, South African Township, Latin American Dance, New Orleans Blues  – you have to hear it to believe it!

8.45pm – Reading / performance by Jo Waterhouse.

9pm – Cloud of Fine Particles – Aleksandra Lazarovski’s critically acclaimed short film

9.30pm – Recently returned from New Zealand, the acclaimed classical soprano Anna Edgington joins the circus to perform modern interpretations of Mozart and Handel, featuring guitarist Alex Roth and the electronics of Joe Wright.

10.45pm –  A set from global party band Karama. Led by Morrocan oud player Soufian Saihi, the music is based around oud, clarinet, double bass and percussion, and wonders  brilliantly through diverse sonic landscapes that range from Tinariwen to Alice Coltrane, superbly funky and beautifully melodic.


We launched the ‘WORD’ series on Monday 23rd April 2012 the in basement of Cafe Mostra in Stoke Newington.

To celebrate the start of our new online series ‘WORD’, we are having a launch party in Stoke Newington on the wordiest day of the year…Monday 23rd April 2012: World Book Day, St George’s Day and Shakespeare’s Birthday.

Join us from 6pm for an evening of readings, music, food and drink. Please RSVP to with the subject ‘WORD’ to be on the guest list.

Some of the things that are happening are:

– readings of original work by Mark Thomas, Jo Waterhouse et al

– a performance of a new piece by composer Samantha Fernando. Based on Christina Rossetti’s ‘Half Moon’, for soprano voice and cello.

– homemade Gujarati food cooked by the wonderful Premlata Mistry

– a cheap BAR!


Pop-Up Circus II

Pop-Up Circus II took place on Sunday 27th November at Platform Cafe – a warehouse cafe in an almost hidden location above Netil House in London Fields, Hackney.


Here’s what happened at our giant artfeast…

ART EXHIBITION 12pm – 6pm: Free Admission

Exhibition featuring the works of  Jessica Charleston, Jane Elliott, Jack Lloyd-Jones, Chloe Edwards, Stuart brough, Amelie Genestine-Charlton, Angel Gotor, Gerry Leal, Michael John Michael, Louise Ward, Zoe Catherine Kendall & Greg Genestine-Charlton

2pm: Laetita Stott – French Horn [4 mins]

Performing ‘Jump With Joy’ by Stephen Mark Barchan, who be will say a few words about his piece.

2.15pm: Joe Wright / James Maddren Duo [45 mins]

+ special guest Alice Zawadzki (voice)

Folk and jazz inspired improvising sax and drums duo with subtle electronics and warm textural soundscapes

4pm: Rehana Browne – Flute [6 mins]

Performing ‘Stardrift’ by Edwin Roxburgh

4.15pm: The Water Project [45 mins]

with real-time painting by Greg Genestine-Charlton

5.45pm Happily Ever After – Wuese Houston-Jibo (film) [10 mins]

EVENING EVENTS 6pm – 11pm: £5

6pm: Jenna Harris – voice, electronics [20 mins]

6.25pm: Joe Browning – Shakuhachi [15 mins]

Performing Suzuru and Oshuden Tsuru no Sugomori, the latter with improvised accompaniment by Alex Roth on guitar.

6.45pm: Falco Subbutteo [20 mins]

7.10pm: Zosia – cello, voice [10 mins]

with James Leveridge (percussion)

7.25pm: Film TBA by Miriam Elia [5 mins]

7.30pm: Audrey Milheres – flute & Nils Klofver – guitar [10 mins]

Performing Sonatine pour flute et guitare by Atanas Ourkouzounov

7.45pm: Craig Scott’s Lobotomy Project (animation to Gibbles by We Are TJB) TBC [4 mins]

7.50pm: Lauren Kinsella Trio [20 mins]

8.15pm Enrico Bertelli – Percussion [7 mins]

Performing V-eSnare, for snare drum, electronics and live projection

8.25pm: The Water Project [10 mins[

8.40pm: Miriam Elia sketch + Improv [20 mins]

Narrated sketch with actor Charlie Reston and improvising musicians

9pm: Pyskessa by Duncan and Kirran Bruce (film) [10 mins]

9.15pm: Aisha Orazbayeva – violin [35 mins]

Argot by Franco Donatoni

When Joy Became Mixed With Grief by Christian Mason

Sequenza VIII by Luciano Berio


10pm: D’Exea [10 mins]

Flamenco set

10.20pm: The Drones

Original folk-tinged music from this million-instrument musical beast

10.35pm The next stop will be Harlow Town by Greg Genestine-Charlton (film) [7 mins]


Here’s a short video documenting Pop-Up Circus I, June 2011 …

Pop-Up Circus: A Platform for Contemporary Activity from Simon Roth on Vimeo.

Schedule of Events

June 4th 2011 @ St Margarets House Settlement, Bethnal Green

Daytime events 12pm – 6pm (free admission)

The Hall

Work will be presented from a variety of illustrators, photographers, painters and installation artists. Artists include Greg Genestine Charlton, Chloe Edwards, Jessica Charleston, Waldemar Pranckiewicz, & Amelie Genestine-Charlton.

All the artists will be present between 12pm and 6pm during the exhibition and are happy to discuss their work.

The Chapel

[1 – 3pm] + [4.30pm – 10.30pm] New short films by Louise Ward, Alex Morley et al being shown in The Chapel

[3 – 4.30pm] Writing workshop coordinated by Chris O’Shea

(watch this space for updated news)

Evening events 6pm – 10.30pm (£5)

The art exhibition will still be accessible during the evening events. The short films being shown in The Chapel will be accompanied by live performances throughout the evening. Also, Greg Genestine-Charlton will be creating a painting from scratch in reaction to the evening’s events.



Hall (6pm)

Nada Brahma – Francesca Ter-berg (cello), Jonah Brody (koto) and Camilo Tirado (tabla)

Lupo – Lauren Kinsella (voice + electronics) & Sarah Buechi (voice + electronics)

Sam Lee – British folk songs

Joe Browning – traditional and contemporary music for Shakuhachi

Octandre Ensemble – performing Anthedonia by Sinan Savaskan

Falco Subbuteo – radical improvisers Val Pearson (violin) and Will Edmunds (deck, tapes, gadgets, gismos)

Outrenoir – Alex Roth (guitar), Dave Morecroft (piano) + special guest Joe Wright (saxophones)

Café (8pm)

Chloe Weiss curates a series of performances based on Die Winterreise, a song cycle written by Franz Schubert in 1828 which sets poems by Wilhelm Muller. Since its composition, the cycle has inspired diverse artistic reactions and tonight sees some re-workings of the original piece in the form of poetry, music and art, with a focus on the last song of the cycle ‘Der Leiermann’ (The Organ-Grinder)

1. Improvisation I + reading in German

2. Der Leiermann – Franz Schubert (Nick Ashby – voice, Alex Roth – guitar) [5mins]

3. Improvisation II + English translation of poem presented

4. Einförmig ist der Liebe Gram – Johannes Brahms (Canon for six female voices) [3mins]

5. Improvisation III

6.  Winterreise: a composed interpretation – Hans Zender [recording] + artist Clare Wallis’ projected live sketch using electronic tablet [7mins]

7. Der Leiermann – Rendered for bass, two clarinets and cello by Neil Thomas Smith  [3mins]

Café (9pm)

Noa Noa (Kaija Saariaho) for flute and electronics – Audrey Milheres (flute) + Peiman Khosravi (electronics)

Outrenoir feat. Joe Wright (saxophones)

Writers Performance performance of new short piece resulting from afternoon workshop

Tenacious Brass performing their own arrangements of music for 10-piece brass ensemble

Octandre (Edgar Varèse) for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, and double bass – performed by the Octandre Ensemble.

Interspersed performances in The Garden by various performers


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