For COOS the
Charles Mitchener Duo (Elaine Mitchener and Neil Charles), will
perform a set of free-improvisations for voice and double bass.
The duo have played for The Wire's Salon at Waterstones, BBC Radio
3 'Open Ear' and Wysing Arts Festival.
Elaine Mitchener is an experimental vocalist and movement artist
whose work melds different vocal styles encompassing free-improvisation,
contemporary new music, sound art, music theatre and dance. She
has worked and performed in a wide variety of contexts with leading
artists including: Apartment House, Moor Mother Goddess (aka Camae
Ayewa), Van Huynh Co, Steve Beresford, Sonia Boyce, John Butcher,
Attila Csihar, Alexander Hawkins, Tansy Davies, George Lewis,
Christian Marclay, Phil Minton, Pat Thomas, The Otolith Group,
Evan Parker, Alasdair Roberts, David Toop, and Jason Yarde. She
is co-founder of experimental jazz quartet the Hawkins/Mitchener
Quartet (with Neil Charles, Stephen Davis and Alex Hawkins).
Double bassist Neil Charles trained classically and is also a
busy electronic producer and composer. He regularly performs,
records and tours with numerous jazz, classical and contemporary
music bands and ensembles like Sun Ra Arkestra, Alex Hawkins,
Mingus big band, Charles-Mitchener duo (with Elaine Mitchener)
and has played with Terence Blanchard, black top, Shabaka Hutchings,
and China Moses.