Fizzle & TDE Promotions are partner organisations that promote freely improvised and experimental music in and around Birmingham. We put on regular gigs in venues around the city which feature a wide variety of local, national, and international improvisers. In addition to running gigs, we provide development opportunities for local bands and musicians at all stages of their careers.
Although we're broadly responsible for separate strands of the programming, we work very closely on all aspects of the programme. We also support the work of other experimental music promoters and ensembles in the West Midlands. To help make sense of the various events we run, we have broken our programme down into three strands.
For over 20 years Fizzle has been running free improvisation gigs in Birmingham. Having started in the upstairs room at The Old Moseley Arms, we then moved on to the back room at The Lamp Tavern, and now hold monthly gigs at Centrala, a brilliant art gallery right next to the canal in Digbeth. These Sunday afternoon sessions feature some of the top improvisers from Birmingham and the wider UK scene.
Established back in 2016 by experienced promoter Tony Dudley-Evans, TDE Promotions aims to expand the programme of free jazz and improvised music in Birmingham and to ensure that this scene is properly funded. Tony promotes on a regular basis in the intimate Hexagon Theatre at MAC and supports the Paul Dunmall Invites sessions at the Eastside Jazz Club at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. He also runs occasional gigs in other venues, such as the Main Theatre at MAC and the Hare & Hounds. These events feature some of the top touring acts from the UK, Europe, and even further afield.
Fizzle & TDE are not the only improv promoters in town; we are very pleased in the past few years to have supported other promoters putting on experimental music events. Currently we support Steve Tromans running his monthly Jazz Surgery sessions at Corks Club in Bearwood, All My Circuits, a bi-monthly experimental electronica night at Pan-Pan in Digbeth, and occasional improv events at Claptrap in Stourbridge.