Matryoshka joins forces with My Dance The Skull and the Hekate Sound System to bring you a 2 part night of glorious sonic experimentation…
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‘SECRET ANARCHY GARDEN’ (3rd Edition) is an evening of experimental sounds curated by London based publishing house and tape label, My Dance The Skull.
Artists performing: If Bwana, Blood Stereo, Adam Bohman, Tom White, Mark Peter Wright, Acchiappaspirt and Adrian Northover.
Al Margolis (If, Bwana) has been an activist in the 1980s American cassette underground through his cassette label Sound of Pig Music, co-founder of experimental music label Pogus Productions. Active under the name If, Bwana since 1984, making music that has swung between fairly spontaneous studio constructions and more process-oriented composition.
For this, his debut performance in London, he will play works from his forthcoming cassette “Nocrem” on the My Dance the Skull label. He will be joined by special guest Adrian Northover on sax.
“They explore hand-cranked 20th century technology in combination with epiglottal gymnastics and free music modes inherited as much from punk rock’s mutilated aesthetic as utopian art styles.” – David Keenan
“In their masks or out, they sow confusion like wheat.” – Byron Coley
“So go ahead & let them get a little bit of their saliva on you.” – Angela Sawyer
Adam Bohman’s personal approach to music has essentially always been acoustic, but due to his close involvement with live electronics (he is a founder member of Morphogenesis), his sounds have very often been subjected to signal processing. The Bohman aesthetic can be a dense and tangled thing to unpick and describe. Various and nefarious sounds and artistic influences merge and collide, Varèsian sound montage supporting spoken word material sourced from a pub menu, or frenetic juxtapositions between amplified shoe brushes and a frenzied tape cut-up of 17th Century instruments. Sound art which oscillates between states of the absurd and sonically grotesque, and highly articulate explorations of extra-musical sound. A new Bohman Brothers CD album, Back On the Streets was released on film director Peter Strickland’s label Peripheral Conserve last June. He most recently appeared as part of the BBC Proms John Cage Centenary Celebration at the Royal Albert Hall.
MARK PETER WRIGHT
Mark Peter Wright is an artist working across sound, image, objects and text. His practice animates debate around the re-presentation of subjectivity and place, the ethics and aesthetics of documentation and the gestural, poetic and performative potentials of listening.
He has exhibited, published and broadcast works across a variety of international galleries, venues and site-specific locations; including large-scale commissions and funding awards. In 2009 he received the British Composer of the Year Award [Sonic Arts] for his work A Quiet Reverie . In 2012 he was nominated for a Prix Ars Electronica award in Digital Musics & Sound Art. Most recently his work has been presented at Tate Britain [London], Museum of Contemporary Art [Rome] and Parasol Unit [London]. Wright [b.1979] is based in London, UK. He is also the founder of Ear Room and is represented by IMT Gallery.
Contact is a live performance intervention by Mark Peter Wright for the ‘Secret Anarchy Garden’. The work involves Wright walking through a space and its audience whilst dragging, scrapping, hitting and speaking into a contact (transducer) microphone. Eventually focusing upon a wall, Wright begins circling the microphone on the walls surface. This motion moves into swinging (gently at first) the microphone back and forth against the wall. The action builds in intensity until the microphone is destroyed.
Tom White (b.1986) is an artist currently based in London. His work traverses multi-media platforms including sound, experimental film and video, installation and live performance.
Recent work includes Public Address a site-specific sound installation on the Southampton Way Estate, Peckham commissioned as part of At the moment of being heard exhibition at South London Gallery. Past commissions for Spill Festival of Performance, Milton Keynes Gallery and LUX Moving Image.
Towards the end of Wright’s intervention, White’s subsequent performance will begin to merge and overlap. Using gestural and destructive samples from Contact as initial source material, White will then shift direction: building a live concréte collage through the use of reel to reel tape manipulation, feedback, recordings and amplified objects.
Adrian plays soprano, sopranino and alto saxophones, and is based in London. He has toured extensively in Europe and North America,with various bands, including B Shops for the Poor, The Remote Viewers, Happy End Big Band and Sonicphonics. He can currently be heard playing on the London club scene with a wide range of musicians, including the London Improvisers Orchestra, as well as doing solo saxophone performances. Recent gigs include playing at John Russells ‘Qua Qua’ festival, performing to films with Trip-tik at The Cinema Museum, and various gigs at The Horse Improv Club.
Adrian also works with film/sound and has recently completed the soundtrack for an 8 min animation film for the human rights organisation ‘Technical Tech’. Adrian is also interested in North Indian classical music, and works with Hanif Khan (table and sax duo), Mehboob Nadeem (sitar),as well as the Indo-jazz fusion band Dha, and is also recording his current project with Harvir Sahota (tabla), Jazz Thali’ .
Acchiappashpirt is the duo of Albanian poet Jonida Prifti and Italian poet SDT. They work in the field of sound poetry and electronics, and have recently performed at ‘Poesia Carnosa’ and ‘Poesia Totale’ in Rome.
Hekate Sound System brings their experimentation with broken electronic noise and visuals into a concert setting. This experimental sound system with members from UK, France and Italy have wandered the wastelands of Europe and Eastern Europe for the past 17 years setting up Teknivals, Free-parties, exhibitions and performances.
On Friday 11th October Hekate sound system will bring together audio live-sets, performance and live projection to the Yard Theatre for a sit-down concert followed by some DJ stand-up, prepare yourselves for dark humors.
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