is a group of like-minded musicians
is a cross-genre music festival
is a platform for contemporary composition and improvisation
is a specialised and unusual development opportunity
is an evolving concept

Emulsion now has it’s own website: emulsionmusic.org


lands in Birmingham on January 27th 2017

We have just launched an EMULSION KICKSTARTER to help us commission Hans Koller, Percy Pursglove & Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian to write for the Emulsion Sinfonietta. Please take a look at our video and rewards:


from Matthew Wright at the Arts Desk

A few photos from the latest festival at Village Underground….

Photos by Dannie Price

Pictured: Ensemble Amorpha, Trish Clowes’ Tangent, Dan Nicholls’ Strobes, Chris Sharkey, Food, Juice, Emulsion Sinfonietta

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Everyone has their own take on where the improvised music scene is going, Emulsion offers up a few ideas, things to think about… as well as bringing together different audiences and reminding people of how important it is to challenge one’s expectations, and how exploring and listening to new music is exciting not daunting.

Four years ago, Trish Clowes decided to combine the musical strengths of several musicians she admired in contemporary Jazz and contemporary Classical music into one project. Some artists were her own peers, some more established. The first Emulsion festival took place on May 19th 2012 at the Vortex Jazz Club where four new commissions were premiered, funded by the PRS for Music Foundation. Emulsion II saw us visit Kings Place in May 2013 with a concert curated by composer Luke Styles, including a new work by Christopher Mayo for French Horn, Cello and Clarinet. This time the focus was placed firmly on existing contemporary classical works that had been influenced by different approaches to improvisation.

In 2013-4 the Jerwood Charitable Foundation supported four separate workshops for the eight musicians at the heart of Emulsion, designed by the musicians themselves. They provided unique training opportunities to aid skill-sharing between the Jazz and Classical disciplines for both performers and composers, and the development of new skills as new pieces were written and experimented with.

In May 2014, Emulsion III – with support from Arts Council England and PRS for Music Foundation – took the form of a two-night festival at the Village Underground in Shoreditch. Food, the duo of ECM artists Iain Ballamy and Thomas Strønen, headlined the festival. Also performing were Clowes’ Tangent, Luke Styles’ contemporary classical group Ensemble Amorpha, contemporary vocal group Juice, Dan Nicholls’ Strobes+ByramArt (big beats/electro-improv/integrated visuals) and a set from the Emulsion Sinfonietta.

This year, the Emulsion Sinfonietta will perform at Cheltenham Music Festival and play for their Composer Academy for emerging composers.


Core Musicians of Emulsion:

Luke Styles – composer
Trish Clowes – saxophonist/composer
Tom Lessels – Clarinets
Lauren Weavers – Oboe/Cor Anglais
Louise McMonagle – cello
Chris Montague – electric guitar
Calum Gourlay – bass
James Maddren – drums

Iain Ballamy – saxophonist/composer

Thomas Strønen – drums/electronics/composer



funding partner of Emulsion Development Scheme
funding partner of Emulsion Development Scheme

Jerwood Charitable Foundation

funding partner of Emulsion
funding partner of Emulsion

PRS for Music Foundation

funding partner of Emulsion and Tangent
funding partner of Emulsion
and Tangent