UNPREDICTABLE SERIES PRESENTS: ALTERATIONS
Unpredictable Series presents an evening of free improvisation, with pioneers Alterations and a first-time constellation of Naima Karlsson, Adriana Camacho and Blanca Regina.
Alterations – David Toop, Peter Cusack, Terry Day, and Steve Beresford – is a quartet of key thinkers and pioneers in music and visual arts. They played numerous concerts in the years 1977 to 1986 and came back together in 2015 to play in London for the Alterations Festival at Cafe OTO, curated by Unpredictable Series
A BRIEF HISTORY OF ALTERATIONS
The group existed from 1977 to 1986 and played often in festivals and clubs throughout the UK and Europe. Their work presented new ways of making and understanding music and art.
“The great discovery of Alterations was that musical styles and idioms are there to be played with.” – Carl Bergstrøm-Nielsen
They made three LPs in that time:
Alterations on Bead in 1978
Up Your Sleeve on !Quartz in 1980
My Favourite Animals on nato (France) in 1984
In addition, there were CDs of various live performances.
In 2000, Intuitive Records in Denmark issued Alterations Live and in 2002 Atavistic in the US published Voila Enough!
In 2015, Alterations was put back together for London performances at Cafe OTO (with Max Eastley) and Iklectik. These events were very successful and attracted new audiences. Alterations Boxset a compilation of unreleased material was presented at this festival and, later in 2017, a live record from the concert at Cafe OTO, Void Transactions. A reissue of Up Your Sleeve was presented in 2022 by Paradigm Disks.