Les Diaboliques in the UK – 2016

Les Diaboliques in the UK

UK tour for doyennes of feminist free improvisation Maggie Nicols, Irène Schweizer and Joëlle Léandre. Funded by the Arts Council, November 2016.

‘The Swiss/French/British free-improv group Les Diaboliques – vocalist Maggie Nicols, pianist Irène Schweizer and double bassist Joëlle Léandre – memorably camouflaged their immense technical clout and decades of experience with surreal humour, indifference to premeditation, and the beguiling impression they were welcoming their listeners into their own untidily stimulating home,’ John Fordham, The Guardian.

Documentation of Les Diaboliques’s performance at Arnolfini, Bristol, can be heard here.

My article ‘Diabolic Marks, Organs, and Relations: Exiting Symbolic Misery’, inspired in part by being on tour with Les Diaboliques, was published in Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, issue 24:5, 2019. You can download it here.