Friday 5 December 2014

Webster / Lisle / Ward - Red Kite

'Red Kite' is the debut album by my new trio with Alex Ward (guitar) and Andrew Lisle (drums). The album is available now to download from Raw Tonk Records, and a CD version will be available soon.

The trio was formed especially for the recording session, prompted by the offer of studio time from Sam Thredder at The Cro's Nest. The album was improvised in the studio, recorded directly to reel-to-reel tape, and mastered by the excellent Marlon Wolterink.

Thursday 13 November 2014

Qara Capa Video

Dylan Pecora has made an excellent video for the Webster/Holub duo track "Qara Capa", taken from our new album "Viscera". The video is currently streaming on The Wire Magazine vimeo channel.

Viscera is available now from New Atlantis Records, most download services, and direct from us:

A track from the album is also on the current 'Below The Radar' compilation available exclusively to Wire Magazine subscribers:

Webster/Holub duo will be playing our only London show this year at Cafe Oto on November 23rd as part of the London Jazz Festival.

Monday 20 October 2014


I'm playing two gigs in Oslo this week. The Norwegian scene has been a constant source of inspiration for me for the last 10 years or more, so I'm thrilled to be playing there for the first time.

On Weds 22nd, I'm playing in a trio with Stian Larsen (guitar) and Brage Tormaenen (drums) at Pizdets.

On Thurs 23rd, I'm playing with Dead Neanderthals at Maksitaksi, in a double-bill with the incredible Burning Tree (Dag Stiberg & Dag Erik Knedal Andersen). 

Thursday 16 October 2014

Viscera - Available Now

'Viscera' - my new duo album with Mark Holub is now available on CD and download from New Atlantis Records, and also direct from us via our bandcamp page.

The album was recorded in one day at the notorious Dropout Studios in South London. No discussion was had before takes, and no pre-arranged ideas were presented, with the exception of the last track - a version of Roscoe Mitchell's 'Chant'. The album is pure, in-the-moment, high-energy, free jazz!

Friday 26 September 2014

Gaffer Fest 2014

The 2014 edition of Gaffer Fest is taking place on the 10th and 11th of October at Le Periscope in Lyon. Dead Neanderthals will be performing on the friday night, and launching our new album on Gaffer Records - 'Prime'. 

More information about the line-up and tickets here:

Tuesday 9 September 2014

Dead Neanderthals Endless Voids

On September 21st I'll be taking part in a special performance by Dead Neanderthals at the Incubate Festival in Tilburg, Netherlands.

For this performance, the Dead Neanderthals line-up will be augmented by:
Dirk Serries (vidna obmana, Fear Falls Burning, microphonics, guitar)
Thomas Ekelund (Trepaneringsritualen, electronics, vocals)
Peter Johan Nyland (Hadewych++/Distel, electronics, vocals)
Steven Vinkenoog (Donne et Desiree, guitar)
Rutger Zuydervelt (Machinefabriek, electronics)

This two hour improvised performance will take place in the Incubate theatre space.

Monday 1 September 2014

Viscera - Pre-order Now

'Viscera' - my new duo album with Mark Holub is now available to pre-order from our bandcamp page:

The album will be released on New Atlantis Records on October 14th. The first two reviews of the album are already in:

"This is what free playing is all about" - Sammy Stein, Something Else

"See this as a latter-day Interstellar Space" - Stephen Graham, Marlbank

Sunday 24 August 2014

Dead Neanderthals - PRIME

PRIME will be the next full-length album from my ongoing collaboration with Dead Neanderthals. The album will be released by Gaffer Records on LP and download on October 10th.

Previews and pre-orders will be available from Gaffer Records and Dead Neanderthals soon.

"It is an album of broiling menace, screeching mayhem and a wake-up call to anyone who thought free jazz was a dying art.." – Sammy Stein, Something Else. Read the first review here.

Sunday 10 August 2014

Interview with Tokafi Magazine

I was recently interviewed by Tobias Fischer for the Tokafi website about my improv practice, current projects, and background. Read the interview here:

Monday 14 July 2014

Colin Webster / Graham Dunning - Live in Zurich Video

Footage of the full set with Graham Dunning recorded at Kunstraum Walcheturm, Zurich, during our tour earlier this year.

Colin Webster and Graham Dunning - Live from Ornament Collective on Vimeo.

Graham Dunning: turntable, mixer, dubplates
Colin Webster: tenor saxophone, clarinet

Monday 23 June 2014

Webster/Holub duo - Viscera

'Viscera' will be the third album by my duo with Mark Holub, and is due to be released on CD by US label New Atlantis in october. The album was recorded in Dropout Studios, London in one stark, heavy, high-energy session last year. The cover art above is by Ian Anderson (The Designer's Republic).

Previews and more details will be revealed closer to the time.

Thursday 12 June 2014


Kthxbye is the Norwegian duo of Stian Larsen (guitar) and Brage Tormaenen (drums). I joined them for a collaboration on the last night of their UK tour in March. This duo create highly textured improvisations that sustain ideas for prolonged periods.

Part of our set at Power Lunches in Dalston, London was recorded:

Friday 16 May 2014

Fat Out Festival

Manchester based record label 'Tombed Visions' are curating a stage of unique collaborations at this year's Fat Out Festival. They have invited me to perform with the guitar/drums duo of David Birchall and Andrew Cheetham, combining free improv, drone and noise rock.

More info on the event here:

A track from the Birchall Cheetham's debut album 'Tipping Point':

Friday 2 May 2014

Dead Neanderthals France Tour

Upcoming tour with Dead Neanderthals around North-West France:

8th May – CCL, Lille, France

9th May - Kaluma, Cherbourg, France

10th May - Le Bokal, Caen, France

11th May - T'es Rock Coco, Angers, France

12th May - Maison de la Greve, Rennes, France

Monday 28 April 2014

Gaffer Records Evening

To celebrate their 10th anniversary, Gaffer Records are hosting a series of shows across Europe. I'll be playing their London date on May 6th at Cafe Oto in an amazing trio with Alex Ward and Steve Noble, supporting LOUP.

Gaffer Records are undoubtedly one of the most vital record labels for underground music in Europe, and I'm proud to have four releases on the label. They released my debut improv album - 'Koi Bombs' with Mark Holub and Toby McLaren. Then 'Languages..' with Sheik Anorak and Mark Holub, '..And It Ended Badly' by Dead Neanderthals, and my solo tape 'Antennae'.

Wednesday 23 April 2014

Invertebrata - Available Now

New release on Raw Tonk Records: Invertebrata is a duo record with Graham Dunning, and the follow-up to our previous album 'Estigate'. Recorded in the same series of sessions in South London, Invertebrata features minimal and textured improvisations using tenor and baritone saxophones, Walkmans, found tapes, and amplified objects.

The download version is pay-what-you-want. The physical version is a limited edition CDR (50 copies), with individually hand-printed covers.

Tuesday 1 April 2014

Webster / Dunning Tour

I'm playing a series of shows with Graham Dunning on turntable throughout April in the UK and Switzerland. The dates are:

15th April - Kunstraum Walcheturm, Zurich, Switzerland

22nd April - Servant's Jazz Quarters, London, UK

24th April - Quadrant Lounge, Wolverhampton, UK

25th April - Noise Above Noise @ The Penthouse NQ, Manchester, UK

26th April - Noise Broadway @ Fabric Lab, Bradford, UK

27th April - Blank Canvas @ The Ship and Mitre, Liverpool, UK

29th April - Horse Improv Club @ The Doghouse, London, UK

Our album 'Estigate' was released by Linear Obsessional Recordings last month. Buy/stream/download the album here.

Wednesday 12 March 2014

Solo Tour

Upcoming solo shows in the UK and Netherlands:

March 20th: LUME @ Long White Cloud, London (also duo w/ Andrew Lisle)

March 28th: Norwegianism Festival @ Roodkapje, Rotterdam

March 29th: Supporting 'The Gate' @ OCCII, Amsterdam

Thursday 13 February 2014

Aftermath: Dead Neanderthals Tour

Dead Neanderthal's UK tour finished last week, and we had four excellent shows. Huge thanks to all the promoters, venues, and everyone who came to see us.

The first gig was in Manchester, hosted by Freedom Principle, then the next day we made the short drive to Macclesfield to film a set in Sam Andreae's tiny basement:

Dead Neanderthals in Sam's Basement from Sam Andreae on Vimeo.

In Sheffield we played the Audacious Art Experiment - a rehearsal/gig venue/record label, hosted and filmed by Tinnitus Jukebox. It was a great show, and a great space. Footage should be turning up on local network TV later in the year.

The penultimate gig at Green Door Store in Brighton was filmed in it's entirety:

We finished the tour in London with an amazing gig at The Vortex. The night was reviewed by the Ears For Eyes blog:

"They unrelentingly delivered a torrent of sound that suggested the missing link between John Coltrane’s ‘Ascension’ and the experience of pulping your head in a blender."

The photo above was taken by Pigface from Pogarda Crew, as well as the 'headless saxmen' pic below:

Monday 10 February 2014

Estigate - Available Now

New release on Linear Obsessional Recordings: Estigate is a saxophone/turntables duo album with Graham Dunning. Minimal and textured improvisations using tenor and baritone saxophones, specially recorded dubplates, and prepared turntables.

The download version is pay-what-you-want. The physical version is a limited edition CDr (50 copies), which comes in a carry-case containing shellac disc fragments, and a map.

Tuesday 21 January 2014

Dead Neanderthals Tour Flyers

We will also play at The Vortex, London on Feb 3rd in a double bill with Dead Days Beyond Help w/ Alan Wilkinson.

Thursday 2 January 2014

Collaboration with Romvelope D.V.M.A. Installation

In July, myself and Jussi Brightmore improvised live to a sound installation entitled D.V.M.A. by artist Bjorn Hatleskog, aka Romvelope. A recording of the set is here:

DVMA Installation by Bjorn Hatleskog / Romvelope
Colin Webster: Baritone Saxophone
Jussi Brightmore: Electronics

Recorded at Burgh House Gallery, London. July 10th 2013.