Previous events



Cafe Oto, London

Galvanize Ensemble + guests inc. Gemma Kost / John Garner / Mimi Doulton / Jack McNeill

Core players: Joel Bell electric guitar, Kate Halsall piano, harmonium, other keys, Phil Maguire sampling, Stephen Hiscock percussion

Music by Joel Bell, Duncan MacLeod, Carmel Smickersgill, others tbc

This performance includes a Eduardo Paolozzi influenced work, Metalization of a Dream by Duncan MacLeod, inspired by dada- and surrealist-inspired collages, moving performers around the auditorium. There's also the world premiere of Commune, Learning to connect as shown to us by trees, by Manchester based composer Carmel Smickersgill, which highlights the similarities between us as humans and our surroundings.

The performance sees ensemble players sharing music, styles and influences, with arrangements and improvisations featuring alongside the larger scale commissions; exploring electro-acoustic voices from electric guitar, sampling, piano, harmonium, strings, strings, clarinet and voice.



Join us for this unique evening of Afghan spoken word and improvised music, bringing together ancient traditions in contemporary form with award winning contemporary Afghan poet, Reza Mohammadi alongside new compositions from Joel Bell and his ensemble, Gokumi.

Reza will be interviewed on his poetry at 6.45 with the performance starting at 7.30.


The Sound We Inhabit' by Benjamin McDonnell performed by the Gokumi Ensemble at Edouard Malingue Gallery, London Wed, November 27, 2019 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM GMT

Edouard Malingue Gallery, St. Saviour's Church Aberdeen Park London N5 2AR


Gokumi Ensemble with Ben McDonnell

Chisenhale Studios - studio 4, 64-84 Chisenhale Road, E3 5QZ

'The Sound We Inhabit' is a piece of music that Ben McDonnell has written during his month long residency at Chisenhale Studios. This piece will be performed for the first time to a public audience at the closing event of his residency on 5 September 2019 by Gokumi, a contemporary music ensemble comprises electric guitar, Korean flute, violin and bass clarinet. Ben has spent the past month on residency at Chisenhale Studios making work that uses photographic images, sculpture and sound as a way of re-seeing or re-understanding the built environment, using structures inherent in music and composition as a way of imagining an impermanent, speculative architecture. The performance will begin promptly in Studio 4 at Chisenhale Studios at 8:00pm. The duration of this performance is approximately 30 minutes. There will be a drinks reception from 8:30pm onwards.

RSVP is required via eventbrite.

Supported by Chisenhale Studios and Help Musicians UK Fusion Fund.


Joel Bell - Solo Concert

Private House concert Bayswater Art Gallery.