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Lausch II

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Thursday 7th April 2016, 8pm
Doors 8pm, Start 8.30pm
Entry £5
Bring your own drinks
Step-free access

LAUSCH II presents an eclectic mix of experimental live performances within the scope of sonic improvisation, drawn from the prevailing London scene. This time we have noise, voice, bells and whispers – electronics, sax and silences with Iris Garrelfs, Artur Vidal + Grundik Kasyansky and Khaled Kaddal.

LAUSCH is a series of performances and events exploring new sounds and experiences. Expect an array of exciting artists and venues, hand picked by Adam Jaro and Rahel Kraft.

Iris Garrelfs
Iris Garrelfs is an artist working on the cusp of music, art and sociology. Her practice includes fixed media, installation, improvised voice performance and has been included in major institutions worldwide, for example Tate Britain, National Gallery, Visiones Sonores Mexico, Liverpool Bienale, MC Gallery New York. Elsewhere she is the commissioning editor of the online journal Reflections on Process in Sound and the co-curator and director of Sprawl, a London based experimental music organisation. Iris has a PhD in Sound Art from University of the Arts London where she also works as a researcher and lecturer.
irisgarrelfs.com

Artur Vidal + Grundik Kasyansky
Artur Vidal is a Spanish-born saxophone player and sound artist who grew up in Paris and currently resides in London. As such, he has performed in Europe, Asia and America. His work is interested in the possibilities of improvisation from the perspective of its implications within the social field. As an active member of the improvised music scene, he has been playing and recording with musicians who include Eddie Prévost, Phil Durrant, Jennifer Allum, Roger Turner and Sébastien Branche, with whom he makes up the improvising saxophone duo ‘Relentless’. He has currently completed an MA in Sound Arts and started in 2013 an MPhil research at London College of Communication about improvisation, the practice of listening and the notion of silence.’
www.arturvidal.com

Grundik Kasyansky (b. 1974, Moscow) is a London-based artist and electronic musician who works in experimental improvisation, live installation, audio collage, and designs sound for dance, theatre and film. He wrote poetry before switching to electronic music and it deeply influenced his current practice. grundik.tumblr.com

Khaled Kaddal
Khaled Kaddal is an Egyptian musician/sound artist. His work embraces sound/music and mixed medias to create installations and performances. his music/sonic practices are scoping on the social and the political structures, through the exploration of the varieties of Sonic phenomena. Interested in finding new intersection between disciplines, he collaborated in performances, choreography, films and mixed media projects. www.khaledkaddal.com

nonfictional, Winters/Lane/Spinelli, The Bell Agency

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Saturday 19th March 2016, 8pm
Two new projects offering distinct and unique sound worlds, and one game structure composition, never the same twice.

nonfictional are Maggie Turner (Voice), David Hunger (Guitar), Ravi Low-Beer (Percussion) and Nick Doyne-Ditmas (Double bass, trumpet). nonfictional are currently engaged in deconstructing the song format via improvisation and psychodrama. Each performance is a vivisecion. Nothing is faked.
https://www.facebook.com/nonfictionalmusic

Winters/Lane/Spinelli
Portia Winters; voice Arnold Lane: percussion
Emmanuel Spinelli: electronics and objects
This is a development of a duo of Winters’ vocal improvisations with Lane’s acoustic/electronic percussion mix, combining pure improv with song and spoken word. Tonight they are joined by
Emmanuel Spinelli on electronics and objects.
http://portiawinters.weebly.com/
https://emmalorienspinelli.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/howard.lane.9

A simple game structure for 3 or more players, The Bell Agency opens out into a mesmerising slow motion sound world. Somewhere between performance and unfolding, tonight’s realisation, led by Charles Hayward, depends on cluster maths and hive mind and the unique details to be witnessed.

Entry £5 doors 8pm
Bring your own bottle

Experimentation

Saturday 13th February 2016

AMPERSAND
London based improvisers of industrial ambient noise, Ampersand are an improvisational sound ensemble who have performed across Europe over the last nine years. They produce an experience of sound to envelop the audience in the act of the moment and the art of the moment. This uniquely pan-generational group utilises found objects, engineered metal, deconstructed traditional instruments and audio toys.

Ampersand performances are always improvised, they arise thus from the moment, the place, the atmosphere, the occurrences of that day. The sound, and the experience of that sound, are imposed on all the senses, to share with the audience a charged and superlayered emotional state. Ampersand are Brian Bushell, Joseph Oldfield, Stephen Oldfield and Paul Wells.

http://www.ampersand.tv/

NGUYEN TRI MAI
Nguyen Tri Mai is a Franco Vietnamese dance artist. For the last 20 years, she has drawn her inspiration from the waters, back and fro between Brittany coasts, salt marshes and the river, pools and canals of the East End of London. Mixing her Butoh dancing spirit with her passion for improvising with live music, Mai loves to express her intense movements in the moment, bring light to a space with her explosiveness. Mai has collaborated with musicians, film makers and photographers and specializes in site- specific and outdoor performances. 

VJ FLICKERING LIGHT
https://www.youtube.com/user/VJflickeringlight 

WELTAUSSTELLUNG
WeltAusstellung is a situational alliance of noise-makers, visual artists, improvisers and composers of the absurd, based in Düsseldorf and Berlin: Peter Issig, Anja Lautermann, Uwe Möllhusen, Thilo Schölpen – they work in the field of sound-action, sound-installation, radio-art, music-theatre and soundtrack-ism. They wring unsettled ideas from a wide range of sound-sources of their own invention, varying their approach in order to experiment with a range of methods and standards.“We play each sound object that passes the test of significance: from massage tools to Styrofoam, from selfmade electronics to piano. We are not interested in the latest sound technology but in the raw and direct signal…which is the basic principle of absurd composition. Absurd composition tends to be doomed to failure and delivers an unexpected twist. Our ambition is to transgress from the internal motivation (of the composition) to the point of failure.”

http://welt-ausstellung.de/about/about/

Doors 7.30pm
Start 8 – 11pm
£5 Entry
Bring Your Own
Step-free access

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LAUSCH

LAUSCH

Thursday 4th February 2016

LAUSCH is a series of performances and events to explore new sounds and experiences. 

Expect an array of exciting artists and venues, hand picked by Adam Jaro and Rahel Kraft. This evening brings together five artists/musician to share their interest in sound and voice. The Los Angeles based musicians Archie Carey and Odeya Nini will open up the evening with two solo works that encounter durations, resonance and pure expression.

The Deptford based sound artist David Bloor will perform ‘Care Work’ with a self-made artificial intelligence followed by a duo performance by David Toop and Rahel Kraft

Archie Carey, Bassoon – SOLO
Odeya Nini, Voice, Movement – A SOLO VOICE
David Bloor, Sounds – CARE WORK
David Toop, guit, objects  + Rahel Kraft, voice, electronics – DUO

Doors 8pm    
Start 8.30pm
£5 Entry
Bring Your Own
Step-free access

Gagarin, Warren Schoenbright, Lofe

Saturday 28th November 2015

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“There’s nobody quite like Graham Dowdall aka Gagarin“ Boiler Room TV 2015

Graham ‘Dids’ Dowdall aka GAGARIN has been making music on the edges of the musical galaxy for many years in many guises. As Gagarin he works alone crafting instrumental electronica that doesn’t adhere to any particular scene or style and draws on influences ranging from contemporary classical to techno and every point in between and beyond. The music is atmospheric, melodic and sometimes beaty characterised by a combination of field recordings, gorgeous synth melodies, tough abstract beats and a sophisticated yet accessible approach to composition. Gagarin has released several albums on his own Geo imprint as well as contributing tracks and remixes to a large number of compilations and releases by other acts. His latest album Aoticp was released in Summer 2015 and follows the much acclaimed Biophilia in 2011.

As well as Gagarin, Dids is also a member of avant rock legends Pere Ubu for whom he provides digital synthesis, keys and samples , a duo Roshi feat. Pars Radio with Iranian songstress Roshi who create what has been described as “ Welsh-Iranian folktronica “, another duo Low Bias with Rothko leader Mark Beazley and is an occasional member of world beat pioneers Suns of Arqa. He has also released a cassette Outside Broadcast in his given name Graham Dowdall for Touch’s cassette imprint Tapeworm.

www.gagarin.org.uk
https://www.facebook.com/pages/GAGARIN/81533059428

WARREN SCHOENBRIGHT is a band, not a person. Their new Ep, (Out of Bounds) Eaten by the Forest, brings live drums and electronics together with minimal acoustic instrumentation to create a disturbing and arresting sound palette. By turns confrontational and meditative, the mercurial textures retain a sense of flow through continual reference to noise, drone and modern improvised idioms.’
https://soundcloud.com/nil-nil-3/1-fucking-torrentialdelirium
https://ukscumscene.wordpress.com/2015/09/20/live-review-crowhurst-feat-caina-conjurer-and-warren-schoenbright-at-the-unicorn-camden-2092015/

LOFE: Driving beats, driven words. jewel carriageway chords. Keyboard plus Ableton (Nik the Deks), Bass (Elwell) and Voice (Zolan Quobble). It’s got that biodynamic, organic whole grain texture and that lively lambic yeasty rhythm. It hits 260°C, when it’s baking.

Doors 8-11pm
Entry £5
Bring Your Own

Alex Tyrrell: Memories We Made in the Computer Age

5th – 16th August 2015

Alex Tyrrell Memories We Made in the Computer Age

Curated by Rebecca Edwards

For his exhibition at Lewisham Arthouse, Alex Tyrrell presents Memories We Made in the Computer Age, a multichannel sound sculpture introducing music from the debut album of the same name.

The work seeks to challenge normative approaches to composition and live performance by presenting the music in the form of an immersive, spacial sound environment, utilising directional speakers and natural acoustic reflections. Emancipated from the concerns of orchestration and harmonic arrangement: Alex’s work problematises the relationship between timbre and space, challenging the listener to explore the physicality of the composition, while homogenising the relationship between sound and materiality.

The installation will also serve as a public launch for the album Memories We Made in the Computer Age, giving listeners the opportunity to experience the work in its intended immersive realisation.

Alex Tyrrell is an artist and composer from London. Recent performances/exhibitions include: 10 Empty Boxes (The Vaults Gallery), Computer Music (Progkunstfestivalen, Oslo) and Improvised Series (The Park Studios, Wembley).

More information: becc.edwards@gmail.com

Housewives, Charles Hayward (begin anywhere), Adam Bohman & Tom Scott, Tom Moodyhousewives

Saturday 6th June 2015

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HOUSEWIVES: surly monochrome slowly ascending into a maelstrom of rage and density, an intensity both political, psychological and illogical. Here’s a video for their song Almost Anything: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=werG8DL-T_w

ADAM BOHMAN & TOM SCOTT: Adam plays the stuff we ignore, toast racks, clothes pegs, styrofoam, upholstery springs, you name it; Tom plays reeds, sampler etc. and the music duets/duels around the sonic subconscious of the everyday. here’s a clip of Adam solo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKvCxaixheY

CHARLES HAYWARD (begin anywhere): songs at the piano, a sequence of betrayal, paranoia, subterfuge and privilege, as well as a series of sound events and This Heat & Camberwell Now songs in stark, minimal arrangements. here’s 3 songs: https://soundcloud.com/charles-hayward-1/sets/trademark-ground

TOM MOODY: bassist with FIRST eschews loudness for acoustic guitar and songs that disintegrate and haemorrhage language left right and centre.

8 – 11pm
Entry £5
Bring your own

Thurston Moore & James Sedwards + Albert Newton + Harmergeddon

Saturday 21st March 2015

THURSTON MOORE: Since the demise of Sonic Youth Thurston has moved to London and thrown himself into the city’s fevered music underground. Local/global. Makes sense. Tonight he will be performing songs with guitarist JAMES SEDWARDS, currently one of Moore’s closest collaborators and deep with it. Here’s a clip of them getting all site-specific performance like:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tJrAMIKmxY&spfreload=10

ALBERT NEWTON is a long term project of John Edwards (double bass), Pat Thomas (keyboards) and Charles Hayward (drums). Sudden change of direction, spin on a fivepence, pirouette like emergency response team, iron grip, sumo wrestling on speed, we don’t know the result yet, like football. Albert Newton played for 12 years as a quartet with Harry Beckett on trumpet and flugelhorn. At Harry’s memorial benefit, as the last notes faded, John remarked that they had to keep playing this music and so Harry’s absence has thrown them into a new dynamic as a trio: the spirit lives on in the music.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSSx60m2McY&spfreload=10

HARMERGEDDON do their thing like nobody’s business. Their thing accesses dreamtime via the off cast, the disembowelled VHS cassette, the bar code check out, the L.E.D. and photosensitivity. Think cavemen, Fred and Wilma, for example.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePlbY7zJRos&spfreload=10

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/thurston-moore-james-sedwards-albert-newton-harmergeddon-tickets-16120941169

Doors open 8pm
Entry £5

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Thurston Moore 2

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Image credits: Tom Hemming