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Monkey Puzzle Trio

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MONKEY PUZZLE TRIO

A long term slowly evolving music project featuring This Heat drummer/lynchpin Charles Hayward, bassist Nick Doyne-Ditmas and the words, voice and textures of avant-vocalist Viv Corringham, whose music walks a tightrope between song, improvisation and sound-as-sound.

Soon to release their debut album ‘White World’ on forward thinking indie label Slowfoot – Their music is driven by the restless energy, invention and power of Hayward’s drumming and underpinned by the languid and exploratory double bass playing of Doyne-Ditmas, to which Corringham adds, with the aid of a loop pedal, her unique collage of words and sounds…. “We are making new song forms based on live improvisation. Every song is created in the actual moment of performance. I arrive at each gig with a fresh stack of lyrics and choose which one to use as the song starts to unfold”. [V.C]

Together they create a distinctive sound world which is exhilarating and immersive and relies on the sensitivity and experience of all three musicians.



Charles Hayward – drums, keyboards, melodica

Known as the pioneering drummer with seminal experimental rock band This Heat and Camberwell Now, an ever growing list of solo concerts and cds, special collaborative performances, and is in Massacre with Bill Laswell and Fred Frith.

Recent releases include – About with Pat Thomas, John Coxon and Alexis Taylor from Hot Chip and Clear Frame with Hugh Hopper, Lol Coxhill, Orphy Robinson and Robert Wyatt.

“Telepathic magic… … Hayward is one of the most life affirming who stalks this dark globe” [freq.co.uk]

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