Agile Experiments is a communal project born out of experimenting with two ideas: 

  1. To create new music of a completely collaborative nature via the un-questionable and un-revocable application of improvisation.

  2. To bring this music to locations where audiences were likely to have never heard anything like it before.

     

The project began unassumingly in 2015 as members of the London music scene gathered to experiment under the casual guidance of Dave De Rose.

A series of gigs at The Agile Rabbit pizzeria in Brixton Village identified a series of combos that eventually gathered for eight one-hour sessions in a DIY studio space in Camberwell, London. This unintentionally formed a collective.

In 2018 thirteen cuts from these sessions were compiled on to two vinyl releases (Agile Experiments vol.1 & 2). This powerful underground collection of music caught the attention of the British Library's “Sound Archives” project that requested to store them on file in order represent the nation's cultural achievements. 

In 2019 another two LPs were released. The third LP featured further cuts from the original sessions alongside new extracts captured during live performances in London venues (London - The Ultimate Guide of Avant-Garde-Step - sides A & B). For the 4th LP Dave De Rose embarked on a mission to Athens in order to recruit, perform and capture a fresh new sound using Greek musicians.

By the first half of 2020 Agile Experiments has given birth to two more unique sounding LPs: 'Alive in the Empire' (March) featuring  cuts from a one off performance featuring John Edwards, George Crowley, Dan Nicholls & Dave De Rose for the London Jazz Festival at The Empire Bar. 'Tiatoma' (June) featuring Saber Rider & Dimitris Foken in trio with Dave, a formation that had participated to the Athens LP but amassed further and substantial amounts of quality music.

Presented in a rogue, hand-written, white label vinyl format, these collectable records have so far shipped all over the world to New Zeland, Hong Kong, Russia, the U.S.A., Canada, Germany, France, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Thailand, Greece, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Luxembourg, China, Italy & Japan as well as all over the UK.

Musicians who have participated live or in the studio:

John Edwards

Dan Nicholls

George Crowley

Tom Challenger

Josh Arcoleo

'Level' Neville Malcolm

Rory Simmons

Sam Crowe

Dario Rossetti-Bonell

Karl Vanden-Bossche 

Liam Noble

Colin Somervell

Barnaby Keen

Nathaniel Keen

Ruth Goller

Chris Sharkey

Jesse Hackett

Tom Skinner

Leon Brichard

Jasper Hoiby

Alice Zawadzki

Ivo Neame

Theon Cross

Alex Roth

Shaney Forbes

Lewis Wright

Jon Scott

Bill Mudge

Laura Jurd

Dave Smith

Idris Rahman

Flo Moore

Brad Webb

Tim Giles

Bex Burch

Alice Leggett

Dave Storey

Peter Ibbettson

Adam Teixeira

Oliver Keen

Miriam Solomon

Simo Lagnawi

Panagiotis Kostopulos

Fotis Siotas

Dimitris Foken

Saber Rider

Kyriakos Tapakis

Giannis Angelopoulos

Michael Kapillidis

Peter Jaques

Marius Mathiszik

Fausto Sierakowsky

Neil Charles

Dancers that have performed alongside the musicians during live shows:

Kasia Witek

Elisa Vassena

Anders Duckworth

Theano Ksidia

Athina Kyrousi-Salvucci

An extensive YouTube playlist of Agile Experiments performances, promo videos and a mini documentary are featured here :

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