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    Sat 15 Jan, 5pm
    Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
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    caroline band members

    Drop into a long-duration improvisational performance, taking in shards of a new sound touching on post-rock, emo, folk and minimalist classical.

    caroline are an eight-person, London-based band playing tense yet expansive music.

    The group began in early 2017, evolving out of weekly improvisation sessions, slowly expanding their on-stage membership as the songs developed.

    Rough Trade released their debut single ‘Dark blue’ in March 2020, and the group were nominated as Ones To Watch at the 2020 AIM Awards.

    Audiences can come and go as they please, catching different iterations of the eight-piece band throughout the event, with no experience being the same at any point.

    A message from the band:

    Today’s performance is an experiment. We aren’t going to be playing our regular songs, but will be making something new. We don’t know what we are going to make but it will consist of completely new music generated through improvising together, today in the Purcell Room, and possibly interspersed with fragments of preexisting ideas.

    We’ll be performing for five hours because we want to give time and space to all the aspects of our creative process; the peaks in energy and the slumps where sometimes, maybe, nothing much happens at all. We want to try and expose all of this as part of the performance. We might end up developing some of the music that comes out of today, but also maybe not.

    We’ve invited some friends to play with us at points over the day. Some of us have played together a lot, and others barely at all.

    They include:

    Geordie Greep and Cameron Picton of black midi

    Jonas Pequeno, creating a visual accompaniment

    Sullow, a new improvising trio, featuring Jacken Elswyth (banjo), Daniel S Evans (guitar), and Joshua Barfoot (percussion)

    Experimental folk multi-instrumentalist Aga Ujma

    Saxophonist and composer Nathan Pigott

    Need to know

    *Please note change of start time from originally advertised.

    Dates & times

    Sat 15 Jan, 5pm
    Approximate run time: 300 mins.
    Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.


    • Standard entry£15*
    • Concessions25%**

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