The Hermon’s N-Ex-T (= New Experimental Tones) concerts series invites its audience yet again to be daring and experimental in their choice of music for an evening out in our beautiful chapel space! In this series of unusual and out of the box musical experiences, we invite some of the best performers on the scene to explore the adventurous nature of live performance through the mediums of composition, improvisation, motion and sound manipulation whilst embracing the abstract and the avant-garde. Another night for the most curious and open-minded audiences who wish to venture with us into unchartered audio-visual territory and visit the numerous birthplaces of artistic originality! DO NOT FEAR, JOIN US INSTEAD!!!

Having drawn yet again inspiration from the underground scene and progressive music publications such as The Wire we proudly present this month experimental trio BOBHOWLER - THE FLYING BEAST FROM THE MIDLANDS!

“An adventurous and intriguing set of music from a quietly talented musician.” - London Jazz News (about Andrew Woodhead)



Bobhowler [bɒb’aʊle] [noun. Black Country dialect] - a very large moth!

Bobhowler is a collaborative trio featuring




ANDREW WOODHEAD is an award-winning composer and musician working across a wide variety of contexts, taking in jazz, free improvisation, electronica, folk and new music. As well as performing around the UK and abroad, he also curates the Birmingham-based concert series FIZZLE, and is co-director of IDEAS OF NOISE FESTIVAL.

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TOM MILLS is a London-based electronic musician active on the free improv scene. He and Gardener-Trejo began performing as a duo in 2013. Inspired by improvisers such as PETER BROTZMAN and DEREK BAILEY as well as early 90s Birmingham techno, Mills explores the extensive range of soundscapes and textures of the Theremin within the trio. 

Multi-instrumentalist and composer ALICIA GARDENER-TREJO is a key figure on the Birmingham jazz and improvised music scenes where she has been active since 2007. Whilst at the BIRMINGHAM CONSERVATOIRE, she studied with Iain Dixon, Mike Williams, Hans Koller and John Taylor. She played alongside GARY SMULYANand NORMA WINSTONE in the CONSERVATOIRE JAZZ ORCHESTRA and in 2013, took the baritone chair in ARNIE SOMOGYI’S MINGUS BIG BAND PROJECT. She regularly performs across the UK as a sidewoman and runs her own 11-piece ensemble BOBTAIL, which released its debut EP in 2017. 

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