Club Inégales

Peter Wiegold by Frederique Bellec

Artistic Director Peter Wiegold writes:

Club Inégales is a place of surprises, do not expect the conventional!  it’s not a jazz club, not a new music venue, not a comedy club, not a world music venue.

But expect all of these to appear, as we search for the best of real new, spontaneous performance.

Every evening has three parts:

First resident band Notes Inégales, under my direction, warm us up. Then the guests are invited to perform their own work. Then, in part 3, something unique. Maybe spontaneously created in the afternoon – with improv in the evening.

We never know what’s going to happen – we take ideas from the audience, folk singers might go into avant-garde textures, free improvisers go bluesy. Writers start improvising with words and characters.

We do know we always get the highest quality guests, the most authentic work – whether it is jazz, Korean taegŭm, Maori shaman, performance poet or the exquisite cello of Olly Coates playing Xenakis.

So glimpses of glorious music from around the world – then set 3 when something happens between us and the guest that’s never happened before, and may never happen again.

And resident band Notes Inégales. Some of the finest players in London unequalled in their ability to read complex music one moment, freely improvise the next, connect to a traditional Egyptian flute player the next.

Inégales mean unequal. And we like to think we produce unequalled performances every week –  but the concept goes deeper – into finding new angles, putting things in odd relationships, trying to provoke an unexpected chemistry so that the special can happen.

People say the place has a special vibe – yards from Euston station, a classy underground bar that is intimate, candlelit, with audience right up against the performers.

The club is lively –  it’s a club!  But people also say the listening is almost reverential. We pride ourselves on the quality of attention and quality of connection – but also there’s a lot of banter and even the occasional groan. Do join us.

“… another magnificent season from club inégales…” John Harle

Peter Wiegold has long been an innovator on the British music scene with a history of looking radically at all aspects of the process of music making. In particular, he has been a pioneer of, and leading exponent of, bringing together composition and improvisation, and he often works directly with musicians in the creation of new work and as ‘creative director’, he brings together his skills as composer, conductor and player.


Watch an interview with Peter below:


Notes Inégales

Club Inégales house ensemble Notes Inégales was created by Peter Wiegold and David Purser, devoted equally (or unequally) to improvisation as well as written music, and to devising new work alongside composers/other artists as well as playing contemporary repertoire. Featuring some of the finest players in Britain, all the players are equally comfortable with complex modern scores, wide ranging improvisation – and can swing…

” …this is a Rolls-Royce of the band, it can turn on a dime.” Will Self

“The marriage of traditional Chinese music and Notes Inegales was absolutely mesmerizing! Fantastic, beautiful, organic and inspiring.” audience member for Cheng Yu and friends

“loved the fluid relationship between Zena and the band. Especially the intuitive nature of the creative process together” audience member for Zena Edwards

Max Baillie – violin/viola
Joel Bell – electric guitar
Hyelim Kim – Korean Flute
Rowland Sutherland – flutes
Christian Forshaw – saxes
Torbjorn Hultmark – trumpet/live electronics
Jon Banks – accordion/santori
Martin Butler – piano
Ben Markland – bass/electric bass
Robin Michael – violoncello
Tom Kelly – tuba
Simon Limbrick – drums/percussion
Peter Wiegold – keyboard/director