Tuesdays Post brings you the best in Live Progressive Ambient music once a month.
Artists on the programme:
David Cooper Orton
Georgina Brett Music
Hems (DJ Set)
Sunday November 2nd at The Others, Stoke Newington, London.
A little about each performance:
Formed by vocalist/band leader Wally van Middendorp in Amsterdam in 1978, Dutch electro pioneers Minny Pops took their name from a primitive Korg drum machine. The band released several singles and a debut album, Drastic Measures, Drastic Movement, on independent Dutch label Plurex before joining Factory Records in 1980. Minny Pops’ association with the legendary Manchester label would see them produced by Martin Hannett, tour with Joy Division and later New Order, and become the first Dutch group to record a Peel Session. Singles including Dolphin’s Spurt, Secret Story and Time were followed by the acclaimed album Sparks in a Dark Room in 1982. The band released two further albums (Poste Restante and Fourth Floor) before splitting in 1985. A concert at the Paradiso in Amsterdam on 24 December 1981 would prove to be their last live performance as Minny Pops… …until 2012, when a series of gigs were undertaken in the UK, the Netherlands and Belgium. Also that year, Minny Pops recorded a 7″ single for Tim Burgess’ O Genesis label. After a pause to draw breath, 2014 has seen Minny Pops performing live once again.
For more than 30 years, Michael Peters has explored the world looking for new sounds. Most of his musical output veers from the mainstream and has been difficult to categorize. The renowned WIRE magazine has reviewed two of his albums in their “Outer Limits” section, which says it all.
Michael’s main instrument is the guitar – he studied with renowned guitarist, Robert Fripp and also is influenced by guitarists David Torn, Eivind Aarset, and Fred Frith. He extends the guitar using electronic effects, midi, and livelooping techniques. He has played in avant rock and open improvisational groups.
DAVID COOPER ORTON www.davidcooperorton.co.uk/
Initially inspired by the Beatles and Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, he survived a headlong rush through blues, “prog”, fusion, punk, and jazz and a failed audition with Henry Cow. Now living in Penarth, David’s main musical focus is ambient guitar and “livelooping” – the use of digital technology to capture phrases of music and sound, then “loop” them to produce musical patterns.
His palette of influences ranges from jazz guitarists Pat Metheny and Bill Frisell; minimalist composer Steve Reich; Brian Eno; and African music.
“David Cooper Orton’s eclectic set of folk, jazz and blues creates a beautiful sound…[using] guitar and electronics, he transfixes audiences with his ability to fill the stage with multiple layers of music from his one instrument”
[Make it Yours programme notes, Glanfa Stage, Wales Millennium Centre]
“Letter perfect…lyrical and groovacious” [Guitar Player magazine]
“combines Frisell-like twang with minimalist delicacy”
[Time Out magazine]
“His style is delicate and pretty, in the style of ECM Records jazzers from the 70s or a John Martyn solo.”
Georgina Brett’s music is created using her voice and effects pedals, creating instant choirs of sound, often in an hypnotic style. The point of this music is not only to captivate with extraordinary timing and melodic style but also to help the listener to relax, in our ever-increasingly fast world.
“…Brett’s work is worth a particular mention for its ghostly, ethereal quality and thoughtful, delicate compositions…There is for me a continuum connecting to the Minimalists, of course – as a soloist, she’s doing some of the things that the Meredith Monk Ensemble did (minus the loopers), and there’s a feeling of the “discovered folk music” that Monk used in her work. Other moments have the quasi-Medieval sounds of Philip Glass — one track recalling the “Knee Plays,” other moments perhaps channeling Hildegard, in flourishes of modal monophony that underlie the writing. But this voice seems personal and intimate, centering on folk song round-style directness..” Peter Kirn CDM
The UK-based duo of Michael Bearpark (guitars) and Andrew Ostler (synths) expertly ride the line between luscious, old-school progressive rock and modern ambient electronics. At times reminiscent of early Tangerine Dream, with hints of Fripp and Eno, Darkroom creates clouds of sequenced synths, chewy grooves, and looped phrases to support a variety of acoustic and electric guitar melodies that twist and turn in surprising, occasionally aggressive, ways. Moody and well-orchestrated, this release takes you places. “The term “progressive electronica” is definitely an apt one for this duo. It’s accessible and addictive, while remaining expansive and exploratory. Quite a feat. I’ve been listening to these guys for nearly 20 years. Darkroom is a constant source of intrigue, wonder and invention.” Anil Prasad April 2014.
Aka Henrique Matias will be playing us some tunes.. Henrique is a multi-talented composer, programmer and dj.. He specialises in Multimedia programming ( from internet things to Max/MSP and similars ), although not all his live music and performances sounds like computer music (sometimes he takes his drum machines and crazy things out of the house).