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Other Musics/Hull Time Based Arts

Other Musics was started by Dave Ellis & Lee Moodie in 1983, originally as a vehicle for the promotion and development of

live performance in improvisation and experimentation. Other Musics staged a wide range of events, bringing national and international jazz and improvising musicians to the city of Hull, including leading participants from guitarist Derek Bailey's annual international Company Week. Links were also forged with similar music organizations in Sheffield & Leeds leading to regular exchange visits of regional musicians and to the formation of FeetPackets, a northern improvisers big band in 1989 which undertook two Arts Council-backed tours and recorded the first CD released on the Sheffield-based Discus label.

   Other Musics performances were initially staged at the Ferens & Posterngate Art Galleries in Hull but soon expanding to venues including the City Hall, the New Adelphi Club, 'Jazz at the Piper', Hull College of Art, various pubs and outdoor spaces such as the Victoria Pier on the river front. By 1984 Other Musics had begun regular collaborations with the Hull Film Makers Collective and live artists the Open Performance Group which led to the creation of Hull Time Based Arts, formally constituted in July 1985.

   Dave Ellis ceased active involvement in 1992, but in the twenty years of its existence HTBA presented over a thousand live

art performances, concerts, exhibitions,  installations and film/video screening, 250 commissioned works and a series of annual experimental arts festivals which continued until the dissolution of HTBA in 2005.

"Out of Time: The Story of Hull Time Based Arts" edited by Andrea Phillips and published by HTBA 1998 ISBN 0 9531623 0 3

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