(Friday 11th May, 19:30hrs)
MUSIC from ADAM BOHMAN and LAWRENCE DUNN
POETRY from SOPHIE ROBINSON and MYSTERY GUEST TBA
(Saturday 12th May, 19:30hrs)
MUSIC from DIMITRA LAZARIDOU-CHATZIGOGA
PERFORMANCE from LISA JESCHKE & LUCY BEYNON
FILM from IAN HEAMES, JUSTIN KATKO, OLLIE EVANS / JEREMY HARDINGHAM, LUCIA YANDOLI
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ADAM BOHMAN has been exploring the sonic possibilities of the amplified detritus of everyday life since his first forays into the strange world of hometaping while growing up in the Ballardian badlands of west London. Since then he's become an essential part of London's musical underground, curating concerts and performing with a wide variety of ensembles, including the legendary Morphogenesis, the London Improvisers Orchestra, to which he also contributes his own distinctive graphic scores, and smaller groups with players such as Steve Beresford, Dylan Nyoukis, Catherine Pluygers and Adrian Northover.
"a DIY Dadaist in the midst of suburban banality"
"Is this an organic version of Dogme '95?"
"Much concerned with food and experimental music"
"A sort of extension of what Tony Hancock might have done if he had developed his arty phase"
SOPHIE ROBINSON was the Poet in Residence at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and now teaches at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her poetry has been published by yt communication, Reality Street, Les Figures Press, Oystercatcher, Bloodaxe and Shearsman.
"Full of energetic parataxis splintering and manipulating language in ways which are on one level powerfully expressive, with emotion, gender, embodiment & sexuality exploding out like fireworks — but with a coherency & poetic power coming from an informed & thought-through avant-gardist poetics[...]The beautiful game of poetry played out for the highest stakes, and winning."
LAWRENCE DUNN is a composer and improviser, currently studying at the University of Cambridge. His recording for piano and objects, 'if I in my north room', was released on Patrick Farmer and Sarah Hughes' Compost and Height.
"bustles with a kind of barely-suppressed nervous energy; tapping, scratching, clattering sounds abound"
DIMITRA LAZARIDOU-CHATZIGOGA is currently based in London. Previously, she lived in Barcelona for several years, where she acquired a Ph.D thesis in theoretical linguistics, investigating the notion of (in)definiteness. During her stay there she gradually began getting involved in experimental non-academic music. She was influenced and attracted by free and electro-acoustic improvisation, its multiple historical situations and its concurrences with modern composition strategies and jazz. She has played the zither since 2006. She treats it as the interior of a piano, extending its sonic possibilities by preparing its strings, making use of various objects detached from their usual usage, as well as of electronic media such as the e-bow. She is particularly interested in the co-articulation of acoustic and electronic sounds on the resonance box of an instrument. The preparations she uses on the zither are not placed before the playing/performance, but form a substantial part of the playing itself, which is influenced by the placement and removal of various kinds of objects on the zither.
She has recorded duos with guitarist Ferran Fages (as ap'strophe) and contrabass clarinetist Chris Heenan. A solo record, 'Stroke
by Stroke', came out in 2011.
LISA JESCHKE AND LUCY BEYNON: 'he’s dead / he’s dead / i’ve shot him in the head' occurs in three idiotic movements (all violently moving!). They forcefully annihilate themselves and each other through an enforced rigidity of speech revealing itself in time and imposing on a room that would rather be silent, or elsewhere. Each of the movements is an echo of and commentary on found material – (1) Samuel Beckett’s play Not I in he’s dead [Not I], (2) the question of whether you can kill a man with sound in he’s dead / he’s dead, (3) the Hungarian underground band AE Bizottság’s song Szerelem in he’s dead / he’s dead / i’ve shot him in the head. Objects that Mattered in the Twentieth Century then, but these new performances are just minute and harmless re-presentations distinguished by their huge and shuddering violence.
(LJ & LB are theatre-makers, previously based in Berlin, now in Cambridge and London. They have been collaborating since 2007.)
FILMS BY LUCIA YANDOLI, OLLIE EVANS / JEREMY HARDINGHAM, JUSTIN KATKO, IAN HEAMES :: MORE INFO TO FOLLOW