Through his practice incorporating composition, improvisation, online-media, research & teaching Dan Goren explores capacities of music to interpret, translate and express experience and ideas from the everyday and the metaphysical.

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What can eye-tracking technology reveal about improvised performance?

In September 2012 Dan presented initial findings of a research project centred on improvised musical performances addressing visual artworks

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dan goren at ashmolean museum

 

Multimedia collaboration

The finishing have now been put to a project combining poetry, music and images inspired by the extraordinary etchings of Michael Fell. hard copies are available. Contact Dan for more info. Here's a taster:

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Okeanos perform the 2nd of two studies composed for them by Dan Goren:

okeanos
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Listen to an extract of Ensemble De Ereprijs performing 'Flow de Ereprijs':

okeanos
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Space-time explored

Sum Over Histories, composed by Dan Goren, performed by Music Orbit collective featuring Braindead @ The Forge, London, Feb 2010.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday 5th March
Oxford Improvisers Orchestra
with guests Birchall/Cheetham Duo

The Old Firestation, George Street, Oxford
7.30pm

Birchall Cheetham

Dan is curating this evening with visitors David Birchall (guitar) and Andrew Cheetham (drums). Also including new video scores by Dan and Dariusz Dziala.

 

Thursday 28th March
A Simple Easter
New Road Baptist Church
12.30pm and 1.30pm

Death

two further live performances of this poignant and original telling of the Easter story that combines music by Dan Goren for solo celloe performed by Bruno Guastalla, projections of etching by Michael Fell, and poetry by Maggie Goren read by Sheila Probert.
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Tuesday 2nd April
Oxford Improvisers Orchestra
curated by John Greive
The Old Firestation, George Street, Oxford
7.30pm

Oxford Improvisers

 

Friday 26th April
Mopomoso On Tour
The Newman Rooms, Oxford
7.30pm

mopomoso

Dan will be performing with the Oxford Improvisers on this special evening featuring some of the very best UK artists including Alex Ward, Pat Thomas, Evan Parker, John Russell, John Edwards and more.

 

 

 



Recent Performances

Tuesday 19th Feb
A Simple Easter
Christ Church Music Society Music Week
8.30pm

Death

The first live performance of this poignant and original telling of the Easter story that combines music by Dan Goren for solo celloe performed by Bruno Guastalla, projections of etching by Michael Fell, and poetry by Maggie Goren read by Sheila Probert.

 

Tuesday 5th Feburary
OI at The Old Firestation
Heimway
The Old Firestation, George Street, Oxford
7.30pm

Heimwey

Italian improv group Heimway join Oxford Improvisers

Friday 25 January
OI at The Old Firestation
Beneath the Waterline
Art Jericho, Kings Street, Oxford
7.30pm

Azut and friends

Dan will be improvising musical response to Paul Medley's beautiful photoographs alongside music from Azut and friends

 

Tuesday 8th January
OI at The Old Firestation
Nonstop Tango
The Old Firestation, George Street, Oxford
7.30pm

non stop tango

The January instalment of OI’s monthly residency at The Old Firestation. Featuring Nonstop Tango and of course the OI orchestra.

Tuesday 4th December
OI at The Old Firestation
Oxford Improvisers Orchestra
The Old Firestation, George Street, Oxford
7.30pm

staples seagroatt

The December instalment of OI’s monthly residency at The Old Firestation. Featuring a duo set by Jon Seagroatt and Ian Staples and of course the OI orchestra.

 

Tuesday 6th November
OI at The Old Firestation present Aigon DAAC
Oxford Improvisers Orchestra
The Old Firestation, George Street, Oxford
7.30pm

daac

The Oxford Improvisers invite Bristol-based trio Aigon DAAC featuring Stuart Chalmers (tapes and pedals), Dominic Lash (bass) and Dan Bennett (laptop)

Tuesday 2nd October
A vocal explosion
Oxford Improvisers Orchestra
The Old Firestation, George Street, Oxford
7.30pm

anne l ryan

Drawing on voices from all backgrounds using pitched and unpitched vocal sounds this evening’s performance explores the use of voice in improvisation.

This evening’s event is directed by vocalist Anne L Ryan.

Tuesday 4th September
Fernando Perales with Oxford Improvisers
The Old Firestation, George Street, Oxford
7.30pm

fernando perales

For the first Oxford Improvisers concert of the new season at the Old Fire Station, Oxford Improvisers Orchestra will be joined by the Argentinian guitarist Fernando Perales. A founder member of the experimental group 'Reynols', this will be the first concert of his forthcoming European tour.

 

Tuesday 3rd July
Mechanic/Organic
plus John Seagroatt
The Old Firestation, George Street, Oxford
7.30pm

mechanic-organic

Featuring new works by Dan Goren and John Grieve. About Dan's new work:

On Growth and Form - Study I
Taking its name from the D'arcy Thompson's seminal treatise on morphology, this piece seeks to apply the special and apt musical circumstances offered by an ensemble of improvising musicians to the evocation of that most wondrous of spectacles - organic growth.

 

Tuesday 1st May
The return of Nostromo
The Old Firestation, George Street, Oxford
7.30pm

McPhail and Lash

Dan will be playing with the Oxford Improvisers Orchestra.

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Tuesday 8th May
The NHAM Quartet - Ten Year Reunion Tour
Folly Bridge Inn, Oxford
8.30pm

tony bevan

Dan will be playing with Stuart Chalmers and Martin Hackett in a set alongside the fantastic NHAM Quartet

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Tuesday 3rd April
Oxford Improvisers 2nd Monthly Tonic
The Old Firestation, George Street, Oxford
7.30pm

dan goren bruno guastalla

Curated by Chris Dammers and featuring a trio of Dan Goren, Chris Dammers (keyboards) and Paul Medley (bass clarinet) as well as the Oxford Improvisers Orchestra.

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Saturday 18 March 2012
Live at Modern Art Oxford
MAO, Pembroke Street, Oxford
7pm

sutherland thorn tree

Performing in response to works by Graham Sutherland on display in An Unfinished World Dan will be performing in a quartet featuring Camilla Cancantata (trombone), Julian Faultess (Eb Horn) and Tim Bushnell (Tuba).

 

Tuesday 6th March
Oxford Improvisers Monthly Tonic
The Old Firestation, George Street, Oxford
7.30pm

oxford improvisers and wadada leo smith

The inaugural Oxford Improvisers Orchestra gig at The Old Firestation.

 

24 November - 3 December 2011
Cohesion Festival 2011
Oxfordishmael leo wadada smith

Marking the tenth anniversary since the re-establishment of Oxford Improvisers and celebrating the remarkable range and diversity of music it has fostered in Oxford and beyond, Cohesion 2011 will be a unique four-day festival of new and improvised music and performance over a two-week period, featuring the legendary Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith. see cohesion2011.wordpress.com for details

24 November, 8pm Newman Rooms
Dan will be performing in a trio with Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith and Julian Faultless as part of a gig also featuring Pat Thomas and Alexander Hawkins.

 

Saturday 19 November 2011
Musical Means
Ashmolean Museum Oxford
11.30am - 3pm

What might a painting, sculpture or artifact sound like were it turned into music?
Come and witness composer and performer Dan Goren create live musical responses to artifacts in the Ashmolean collection.
10-15 minute performances throughout the day, all around the Museum (detailed schedule forthcoming)

Download a programme here.

Hear a BBC Radio Oxford's Jo Thoenes interview with Dan previewing Musical Means (Broadcast 16 November 2011): listen

Free, suggested donations of £5,
no booking required.

 

 

Friday 4 November
JANEK & LOONEY with Tony Bevan, Dan Goren and other OI members
Port Mahon, Oxford. 8pm

klaus Janek & Scott R. Looney
Internationally renowned improvisers Klaus Janek on doublebass and electronics; Scott R. Looney on electronics and prepared piano will be joined by UK saxophonist Tony Bevan and OI locals whilst on the UK leg of their European Tour. These musicians and their different experiences together and separately create a wealth of sonic textural landscapes in their interactions, with an emphasis on logic and contrasting concepts guiding the overall shape of the work.

www.scottrlooney.com/...

Curated by Dan Goren

 

Friday 7 October
An evening of vocal improvisation and song
Warnford Chapel, Oxford. 8pm

warneford chapel stained glass
An evening of voice, improvisation, song, works and text-pieces led by vocalist Anne L Ryan with special guests including Kath Lucas (voice), Laura Mortimer (voice), Pete McPhail (reeds), Julian Faultless (horn) and Dan Goren (trumpet). Some works and pieces to be devised and will feature members of the Oxford Improvisers Co-op.

 

21 June 2011
Falling Stars 2011
Meaning Machines
Oxfringe
St Michael at the North Gate, Oxford
meaning machines
listen

A new working of the poem Falling Stars by Maggie Goren for improvising ensemble with audio score. Performed by Jill Elliott, Trish Elphinstone, Julian Faultless, Dan Goren, John Jobbagy and Paul Medley

 

4th June 2011
Great Learning, Paragraph 5
Burdall’s Yard, Bath Festival
read Andrew Clements review on guardian.co.uk

7 April 2011
Duo with Julian Faultless
supporting Badland trio
Folly Bridge Inn, Oxford

Dan Goren and Julian Faultless

17 January 2011
Songs at St Michaels
Oxford Improvisers
St Michael's at the Northgate, Oxford

14 November 2010
Cohesion 4 Festival
Pegasus Theatre, Oxford

7 November 2010
'Call them Improvisers' with Evan Parker
Sonorities Festival of Contemproary Music,
Belfast.

31 July 2010
Duo with guitarist Chris Brown
Oxford Improvisers
Modern Art Oxford

9 April 2010
Oxfringe 'Interventions 1 & 2'
Oxford Improvisers
St Michael at the Northgate, Oxford.
listen (performance with David Grundy, recorder & butoh dancer Flavia Coupe)

8 March 2010
John Zorn's 'Cobra'
Oxford Improvisers
Folly Bridge Inn, Oxford 

24 February 2010
Sum Over Histories
Showcase Three, Music Orbit

The Forge, London

26 January 2010
Company Week in a Night
Oxford Improvisers
Folly Bridge Inn, Oxford