We are back with our first-Sunday-of-the-month Live Progressive Ambient musical offerings
at The Others, 6 Manor Road, Stoke Newington, London N16 5SA. (The venue is just above a snooker club!)
On the bill this December we have:
IDIOT SAINT CRAZY (Specially shipped in from Paris)
Georgina Brett (doing some stripped down fairly unrecognisable Carols)
Darkroom (Is it ambient is it progressive or both some of the time.. ?)
hems (DJ Set) (fantastic Dj full of perfect prog amb tunes !)
Tickets £5 on the door
First act 7.30pm
Visuals by Hanzo
IDIOT ST CRAZY
Due to our widespread links across the world we host our tenth performer from abroad. We saw Idiot St. Crazy live in Paris at the Paris Live-looping Festival 2014 organised by Lucid Brain Integrative Project and were blown away by his guitar skills. An exciting and impressive array of slick looping techniques with superb rhythmic skills and melody innovation, definitely on the progressive end of our night. Dunkirk Counterpointless by Idiot St. Crazy alludes to Electronic Counterpoint by Steve Reich. He is the guitarist for the band YOLK. Here’s a list of his influences.
“I started to like prog with GONG, Magma, Albert Marcoeur (yes, i’m french), Zappa, King Crimson, Fred Frith, Mahavishnu, Soft Machine, CAN, Neu etc.
With years i used to consider many bands as prog.
I’m a big fan of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Secret chiefs 3, Mr Bungle, Shub Nigurath, Zombi (Steve Moore especially), Meshuggah, Guapo, the list goes on !”
DARREN SANGITA and HIMANISH GOSWAMI
Darren Sangita and Sangita Sounds have long been associates of ours.
Sangita Sounds is a label dedicated to a collective of ambient/chillout/fusion/ethnic/dance music always with the framework of beauty and the spiritual. Darren Sangita (Noodreem/Ashirvad/Cosmic Gypsies/Spectralite) will present a sonically rich and harmonious experimental set using state-of-the-art computer connectivity (Darren also consults on hardware and software installations and latest products).
Himanish Goswami hails from a long line of revered Guru/musicians, the Goswami family. He is constantly in demand in and around London playing in multiple classical and fusion bands. Soon to be off on an Indian tour Darren and Himanish will present their forthcoming material for the first time.
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
We host live performers with electronics, who cross the boundaries of: ambient, progressive rock, university research music (electro-acoustic music), minimalism and improvisation. Often our artists are using hardware and software loopers.
“A little minimal, a little magical, a little chaotic and little bizarre. Live on stage. The craft of harmony and rhythm taken off the beaten track.. Risky live electronic music. Boxes, wires, instruments, pedals, and laptops … a platform for new sounds, collaborations and innovation.”
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).