The London Improvisers Orchestra is dedicated to free and conducted improvisation.
It draws on a large and shifting pool of improvising musicians from London and beyond,
and plays in London monthly, generally on the first Sunday.

This is an online resource for the London Improvisers Orchestra.
Here you will find information, images, links and sound file downloads,
as well as biographies, catalogues, contact details and news updates for concerts
and releases related to the London Improvisers Orchestra.

"The kind of intensity, excitement, and invention that this ensemble
creates via spontaneous means is unique in New Music circles."
Art Lange, Fanfare

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Sunday 3 October 2021 | 8.30pm (doors 8pm)
Tickets: Advance £6 / General Admission £8 |
On this occasion the London Improvisers Orchestra will be joined in their monthly rehearsals
and performance by ten improvising musicians from Norway’s Bergen ImproStorband (BIS). 
For 23 years of monthly rehearsals and concerts the London Improvisers Orchestra has been dedicated to free, devised and conducted large-group improvisation. It draws on a large and shifting pool of improvising musicians from London and beyond on the first Sunday of each month.

Guest musicians from BergenImproStorband:
Ole Andre Farstad – guitar JohnHegre – guitar ErikHalvorsen – keys
GuroKverndokk – vocals ElineRafteseth – bass MartinHjetland – drums BjørnOgnøy – guitar Espen Lund – trumpet OlavTveitane – bass LarsNordtveit – drums
About BIS:
Bergen ImproStorband is an open collective of musicians and artists in Bergen with an interest in experimenting with and exploring improvisation in a large group setting. Our work is project based and we realize around 5-10 projects a year. We are of today around 130 artists on our mailinglist, an average of 10-15 people participate in each project. BIS celebrates 10 years running this fall, founding member Ole Andre Farstad spent two years in London studying at Guildhall School of Music & Drama and during that time saw LIO in concert several times, this inspired him to start something similar back in Bergen, he allied with colleague John Hegre and started BIS. And here we are, 10 years after, the circle is closing, in a way. We are so much looking forward to playing with our colleagues in LIO in London after having Caroline and Steve from LIO visiting and leading BIS in January 2020, just before Covid19 hit the world.
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'Old Paradise Yard' 20 Carlisle Lane,
SE1 7LG London
On the corner of Carlisle Lane + Royal Street.
Doors 8pm
Entry £7/£5


St Mary's Church

Stoke Newington Church St,
Stoke Newington,
N16 9ES
Doors 8pm
Entry £7/£5


Cafe Oto

The Print House,
18-22 Ashwin St,
E8 3DL