celebrating new music & improvisation

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.

Saxophonist and composer Trish Clowes founded Emulsion in 2012 and in recent times saxophonist Tom Harrison came aboard as artistic director. Emulsion has hosted various events and festivals in London, Birmingham, Shrewsbury and at Cheltenham Music Festival, receiving coverage on BBC Radio 3 along the way, and to date has commissioned/premiered seventeen new works, performed by the Emulsion Sinfonietta. Featured collaborators include ECM artists Food (Iain Ballamy and Thomas Strønen), pianist-composers Nikki Iles and Robert Mitchell and composers Joe Cutler and Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian. Over the years the project has received funding from PRS for Music Foundation, Arts Council England, Musikfondene (Norway), Jerwood Charitable Foundation, Birmingham City University and its own Kickstarter backers.


(photo by Brian Homer at Emulsion VI)