PROOF POSITIVE 16 – Monday 27th January 2020


Happy new year, we’re back in 2020 with two musicians exploring the interface of classical and electronic technique.

Liam Byrne in his own words “spends most of his time playing either very old or very new music on the viola da gamba.” He has collaborated with and had pieces written for him by Valgeir Sigurdsson, David Lang, Nico Muhly, Donnacha Dennehy and Edmund Finnis, as well as working with new music ensembles such as the Stargaze Orchestra, and the London Contemporary Orchestra, and more traditional early music groups such as I Fagiolini, The Sixteen and the Dunedin Consort. His latest album, released on Bedroom Community, combines pieces new and old, many using electronics. He performs all these pieces live using viol and laptop.

Clare O’Connell is a cellist who is passionate about playing and curating chamber music.  She is a member of the Le Page Trio, Lontano, The Storytellers Ensemble, The Harborough Collective, Loki & Propellor Ensemble and is a regular collaborator with many other chamber music & chamber opera projects. Her arrangements have been performed in Westminster Abbey, the Wigmore Hall  and on BBC radio 3. Live she also performs with cello and electronics.

Tom Rogerson plays the piano and keyboards, and is the curator of Proof Positive.

Tom will open the gig and then it’s going to be a bit of a free-for-all after that. Clare will play a new piece by Alex Groves for cello and electronics, while Liam will perform pieces from his latest album, and then there may be duos and trios after that.

We’re in the usual place – Servant Jazz Quarters, Dalston from 8pm.

Liam Byrne

PROOF POSITIVE 15 – Monday 24th June 2019


Talvin Singh is a celebrated composer and performer. He came to prominence in the 90s as a renowned tabla player and producer, collaborating with Siouxsie and the Banshees and Bjork, before releasing his debut solo album OK in 1998 which won the Mercury Music Prize. Since then he has collaborated with numerous artists, including David Sylvian and Madonna, and has scored multiple film, dance, theatre and installation works. He also continues to perform tabla in the Indian classical style.

For this performance, Talvin will be performing his piece ‘Light’ (for tabla, Indian flute, and piano) as well as performing a mix of tabla and electronic pieces.

Tom Rogerson will open the gig on piano before the other instruments join. The gig is expected to take place without a break.

We’re in the usual place – Servant Jazz Quarters, Dalston from 8pm.


PROOF POSITIVE 14 – Monday 27th May 2019

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Proof Positive returns after 3 years.

Pete Wareham is one of the most exciting and influential saxophonists currently working. Founder of Melt Yourself Down and Acoustic Ladyland, and member of Polar Bear and F-IRE Collective, he is a pioneering composer, and musical rethinker, integrating punk rock, electronic approaches, and Algerian rhythms with jazz and improvisation.

Adam Betts is one of the foremost exponents of drums and electronics out there. Whether under his solo alias as Colossal Squid, or drumming in Three Trapped Tigers, or working with artists as diverse as Squarepusher, Jarvis Cocker, and Goldie, his combination of energy, technique and live triggering/processing is unmistakeable. Betts is a long-time friend of Proof Positive and it’s a pleasure to relaunch with his contribution.

Tom Rogerson is the founder of Three Trapped Tigers and Proof Positive, and plays piano and keyboards. His most recent album was a collaboration with Brian Eno.

We’re in the usual place – Servant Jazz Quarters, Dalston from 8pm.

PROOF POSITIVE 13 – Monday 11th April 2016


Please welcome two live electronica acts making their debut at Proof Positive.

worriedaboutsatan arrive as part of their UK tour: an electronica duo from Yorkshire who make atmospheric techno that contains a strong element of live performance.

And in support, they have asked their friend Sunset Graves to play:

Tom Rogerson opens.

Hope to see you there – usual place, Servant Jazz Quarters, 8pm.

PROOF POSITIVE 12 – Monday 15th February 2016


We’re back for another year with three PP alumni.

Johnny Broke is the new analogue synth solo project of Shitwife’s Wayne Adams.

And Three Trapped Tigers drummer Adam Betts returns for another gig following his storming debut last Summer a taste of which can be seen here:

Tom Rogerson (also of Three Trapped Tigers) opens on piano.

Hope to see you there!