My exploration of instant composition was set in motion at the MusicDance Cape Town Performance Residency (2018, 2019) and the Improvisation Summer Course Amsterdam (2018). Since October 2021, I am a musician partner at 8EAST in the downtown eastside of the land colonially known as Vancouver. There, curate and play in one improvised show per month, drawing together improvisers from across the city.

<- 4 (trio) is a self-titled album of entirely improvised music, recorded in a living-room one summer afternoon in 2021. The trio is Adrian Avendaño on drums, Matthew Ariaratnam on guitar & pedals, and Lucy Strauss on viola.

Adrian, Matthew, and Lucy play together in various constellations in the improvised & experimental music scene of so-called Vancouver. Since 2020, they meet up to play improvised music whenever pandemic restrictions allow. Their very first play sessions took place in idiosyncratic locations like garages and rooftops. For the making of this album, Lucy cycled over to Adrian’s & Matthew’s house to play some music in their living room. It was a spur of the moment decision to click the record button and the resulting recordings are released here in chronological order, just as it happened.

The garages, rooftops, and living-rooms mentioned above are all situated in so-called Vancouver, Canada. We gratefully acknowledge that this city is located on unceded ancestral land and waters of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Music And Movement Mondays
[31.08.2020, Vancouver]

[[12.09.2021, 8EAST Plaza]

photo by Vincent Lim

[October & November 2021]
posters for curated shows at 8EAST:

[18.09.2021, 8East, Vancouver]
trio with Josh Zubot (violin) Parmela Attariwala (viola)

[21.06.2021, 8East, Vancouver]
trio with Roxanne Nesbitt (bass) Kimia Koochakzadeh-Yazdi (electronics)

[03.04.2021, 8East, Vancouver]
trio with Lan Tung (erhu) Marina Hasselberg (cello)

[14.03.2019, Cape Town]
trio with Louisa Theart (flute) Monique Pelser (drawing) 


[07.04.2019, Cape Town]
with Kristina Johnstone, Manuela Lucia Tessi,  Thalia Laric (dance), Monique Pelser (drawing), Coila-Leah Enderstein (piano), Vintani Nafassi (percussions), Lucy Strauss (viola), Louisa Theart (flute), Mzwakhe Hlatshwayo (umtshingo), Visser Liebenberg (clarinet)

MusicDance021 Performances [Cape Town, 2018 & 2019]
@ Theatre Arts Admin Collective
[photos by Lindsey Appolis]