Konsztrukting Soundz Evening #4

KONSZTRUKTING SOUNDZ Evening #4, 20th April 2024

an evening of improvised electronic and electroacoustic music

Date: 20th April 2024, Saturday

Admission Fee: £5 CASH at the door
Doors open: 19:00
Concert Start: 19:30
Concet Setup: 3 solo sets with 15 minutes break in between.
Concert End: 21:45

Venue: The Fishermen’s Chapel, 39 New Road, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 2EA

Evening setup

  1. Set #1 John Bisset & Jem Finer
  2. Short break
  3. Set #2 Pascal Marzan solo
  4. Short break
  5. Set #3 Nick Smith solo
  6. Short break
  7. Set #4 The Quartet

About Artists


Jem Finer is an artist, musician and composer. Since studying computer science in the 1970s, Jem Finer has worked in a variety of fields, including photography, film, experimental and popular music, sound recording, sculpture and installation.
Recent work revolves around a fascination with the hurdy-gurdy and includes hrdy-grdy, a Thanet Tape Centre cassette release, The Hurdy-Gurdy Song by Local Psycho and various other collaborations. He regularly performs and records with John Bisset.


John Bisset is a musician and visual artist based in London. His work ranges between free improvisation and composition including songmaking/singing. He is currently improvising on the lapsteel guitar, using preparations and moving in an increasingly abstract sound world.
Recent music includes the release, in October 2022, of O||o an album of solo lapsteel improvisations.
John Bisset and Jem Finer have played together in various contexts including the London Electric Guitar Orchestra, pushing the guitar to the limits of extended technique. When they both shifted sideways to new instruments it seemed inevitable that they should combine forces. For this debut outing they are joined by two inventive and keenly attuned players – Hywel Jones and Luigi Marino.


PASCAL MARZAN Currently living in London, Pascal Marzan performs on a 10 string microtonal guitar. After graduating in classical guitar, mainly devoted to the twentieth century repertoire – and teaching guitar in several music schools in Budapest and France, Pascal has dedicated himself to free improvisation and the exploration of microtonality and microtonal tunings on his unique instrument. He has recorded guitar duets with John Russell, Roger Smith (Emanem records), a trio with Sabu Toyozumi and Dan Warburton (Improvising Beings records), Alex Ward ((Vu)) Phil Durrant, Ivo Perelman… He also works in collaboration with poets, video artists, dancers… His music has been influenced by his interest in the folk musics of Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa…and electronics.


NICK SMITH began playing Guitar before switching to Drums and Percussion. His primary focus for over 40 years has been free-improvisation, playing many times in London, also Chelmsford and Colchester. Initially a member of the London Musicians Collective, from there he was a founder member of the quartet Make Shift, along with Geoff Collins (Saxophones), Peter Urpeth (Piano) and Stuart Wilding (Percussion). Individually and collectively, they played with a variety of musicians including Sue Ferrar, Paul Rutherford, Phil Wachsman, John Russell and Lol Coxhill.
After a few years away from the music, Nick met up with Mark Wastell, and commenced a period of collaboration playing with musicians such as Rhodri Davies, Simon H. Fell and Richard Sanderson.
Nick has also had brief encounters in Jazz, Rock, Blues/Funk and Acoustic/Folk
In recent years he has turned his attention to using electronics and effects to extend/enhance the sounds of metal percussion such as Gongs, Cymbals etc. He has also developed an interest in using editing and mixing software to produce experimental soundscapes utilising samples, found sound and field recordings.
Nick is a member of the Essex based Resonance collective of electronic musicians, and occasionally sits in (usually virtually) with a number of local Jazz- based ensembles.
He has a number of interesting and varied one-off live events coming up, and is hopeful of organising a few locally himself over the next few months.