Derek Bailey and Ingar Zach

Derek Bailey (1930-2005) has played with most of the musicians associated with free improvisation. In 1970, Derek Bailey formed Incus Records with Evan Parker and Tony Oxley, it being the first independent, musician-owned record company in Britain. In 1976 he formed Company, a changing ensemble of improvising musicians from many backgrounds, featuring players from Europe, North and South America, Africa and Japan and which since then has performed concerts and extended events all over the world. Company Week was inaugurated in 1977 as an annual event in London
to which all kinds of improvisors from around the world were invited for five days of music-making through improvisation. Company Weeks was held at other locations, for example, New York and Hakushu, Japan. Derek Bailey divided his time among solo performances, running Incus, practising, writing, and, something he considered essential, ad-hoc musical activities.

Ingar Zach, born in Oslo, June 29th 1971, is one of the leading percussionists/improvisers from Norway. He is known for the wide range of sounds in his drum kit and he uses his percussion in a very dynamic but still energetic way. Now living in Madrid, he concentrates on his solo work and his regular ensembles.

He has been dedicated to experimental music and folk music for the last five years and he is now touring and recording with his regular ensembles but in Europe, Canada, USA, South America and Asia.

He founded the Norwegian label for improvised music, SOFA, together with guitar player, Ivar Grydeland in May 2000 and the SILLÓN label in 2005.