Tom Challenger
Kit Downes

Recorded over 3 days in the summer of 2012 in Huddersfield University’s St Paul's Church (a space renowned for its acoustic qualities), their first album is a selection of some of the music developed in residency. They then went on to perform at the Royal Festival Hall (as part of the 'Pull Out the Stops' Festival - welcoming the return of the newly-refurbished organ), The London Contemporary Music Festival, Cologne Philharmonie, Stavanger Konserthus, Aldeburgh Music Festival, Darmstadt Stadtkirche concert series and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival - as well as several live broadcasts for the BBC.

From October 2014-October 2015 they were part of Aldeburgh Music's 'Open Space' residency programme - a project that saw them travel to different local churches in Suffolk, investigating the differing acoustics and different organs (often in various states of disrepair) that they found, all documented in an album recording, their second album as a duo - 'Vyamanikal' (available on Slip Imprint here) A cassette release - 'Black Shuck' - followed shortly afterwards (available here) including improvisations and adaptations of their previous work for large ensemble. They have also collaborated with Norwegian singer (in the group 'Elt') Ingebjørg Loe Bjørnstad, and turntablist Matt Wright along with Kent University.

"Enticingly strange and wonderful sounds, so odd you can hardly believe it’s an organ making them" - Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph

"Downes and Challenger are onto something here and it goes beyond niche or novelty - deserves a spot near the top of this year's best" - Karl Ackermann, All About Jazz