Steve Beresford, Dan Beattie, Matt Chilton, Will Connor, Anthony Donovan, Sandeep Mishra, Alpesh Moharir.
Sandeep Mishra hails from the renowned Sarangi Gharana (school) of Benaras, India. Trained by his grandfather Pandit Narayan Das Mishra and his grandfather Pandit Bhagwan Das Mishra - the world renowned Sarangi maestro - and his father Pandit Santosh Kumar Mishra. Sandeep has added new innovation and style to his Sarangi playing by blending a contemporary approach to this traditional instrument without forsaking its purity. He is a versatile performer collaborating with musicians from different genres and styles all over the world. His performance is well reflected in his achievements in the field of Shastriya Sangeet. Sandeep has made an endeavor to revive the ancient style of this soul-touching instrument, the Sarangi. He learned the 'tantakri' and 'gayaki' style of playing Sarangi from his father and has practiced it since his childhood.
Steve Beresford has been involved in free improvised music since 1971 and composed, produced and performed in dozens of genres, including dub, pop, Bollywood, chamber music, music for feature films and TV. He performs experimental music internationally and performs regularly on the very active London scene. He has been the conductor and pianist for The London Improvisers Orchestra since its inception ten years ago. The line-up includes saxophonist Evan Parker, trumpeter Harry Beckett, drummer Tony Marsh, pedal steel guitarist BJ Cole, and others. He has also collaborated with many improvisers, including Satoko Fukuda (violin), Jason Yarde (saxophones), Lukas Simonis and John Coxon (guitars), Roger Turner and Mark Sanders (drums), Alan Tomlinson (trombone), Leila Adu (voice, piano), Hannah Marshall (cello), Sharon Gal (voice), and many others.
Alpesh Moharir was trained by Guru Shri Guru Shri Sudhirkumar Saxena, who is considered to be the doyen of Ajarada Gharana. Later trained by Guru Shishya parampara he completed his Master's in Music (India) and is now doing research in rhythmic patterns in the UK. He has played solo, accompanied many senior artists and participated in many musical festivals in India and the UK: UK Drum Fest, GW Festival, World Music Festival, Northampton Festival and many more... He has performed on BBC Radio at various events. Although trained in Indian classical music he has played many musical forms: jazz, African, electro, rock and folk music. Currently he is involved in teaching and performing in the UK and has begun a project called "AAVARTAN", specially designed for Indian-Western percussion fusion music for schools and colleges across UK.
Vultures is an improvising quartet from London, England; consisting of Daniel Beattie, Matt Chilton, Will Connor and Anthony Donovan. Working across the fields of music, visual art and film, its members take influence from industrial, post-rock, free-jazz, avant-classical and noise, to create a new hybrid that seems somehow to be organically formed. Vultures has a fearsome live reputation; both in its own right and in collaboration with the likes of Steve Beresford, Z'ev, PAS, Sandeep Mishra, Ampersand and Philippe Petit. A recent tour of the UK and Europe included support to Faust, Nurse with Wound, John Butcher, Adam Bohman and Fullborn Taversham. Vultures represents a vital new direction for post-improv music, marrying elements of doom-drone, 'extended technique' percussion with household objects, cracked electronics, stabbed zither, and esoteric light-reactive software to create an unholy new sound for lovers of the avant-garde.