A night of live performances, VJs and photography celebrating the music scenes and artists that have flourished in London. Pioneering promoters Eat Your Own Ears will present some of the hottest emerging bands and DJs; whilst PYMCA (Photographic Youth Music Culture Archive) will focus on the rich musical heritage of the city through a series of startling images. Come along and witness how London’s musical past is influencing its future.
Programmed as part of Story of London festival.
GHOSTPOET recently migrated from the capital city of the West Midlands – Coventry – to the southerly climes of London, and looks set to make his mark on 2010. The softly spoken 24 year-old has already won over BBC Radio 1’s foremost taste maker Gilles Peterson and his Brownswood label with a handful of off-kilter, loopy electronic ditties blessed with his delightfully rambling musings on modern life. Born and raised somewhere between London, Coventry, Nigeria and Dominica, Obaro admits that his heritage is important to him, but that it hasn’t consciously affected his musical career: “My parents enjoyed listening to music around the house but never really encouraged it as a career. I kind of pursued listening to various sounds late into the night when the house was asleep.” Don’t sleep on this young, inventive, British artist – he’s destined for greatness.
RADIANT DRAGON is currently working on a series of ‘Utopian Fragments’, temporary intersections between our present reality and an ideal future. Each project combines sculpture, architecture, sound and image to hold a mirror up to today’s relentless landscape of urbanisation and technology. His ‘Subreal Space’ installation at the Rich Mix presents London as a transient architectural illusion. Projected surfaces show the city in a perpetual state of change, dreaming about what it wants to become.
THERE’S MORE OF US THAN THERE ARE OF YOU are a battle between the incredibly clever and the very stupid.
Formed out of a psychotropically enhanced conversation between Tom Goldsmith (Circulus) and Adam Richens (ex. High as Flames). An experiment aimed to blur the distinction between musician and non-musician, between performer and audience. In practical terms the experiment consisted of a large room containing everyone they could find willing to wield an instrument. The results were terrifying. But puke over the walls and some will inevitably stick. And the most enthusiastic participants kept jamming. The sound made by the remaining eight members is less of an experiment, perhaps, but now worth listening to. Pretension steps aside and makes way for a tune. So far, four gigs into their career, the sound the band generates is causing equal excitement among the band and their audience. The line-up currently consists of two guitars, bass, drums, synthesizers, violin, viola and glockenspiel as well as occasional vocals. The band use equal measures of improvisation and careful calculation to achieve an organic, lo-fi prog/kraut/afro/jazz-rock hybrid. They hope audiences will dance, and consider them in “jazz” terms to be the best non-jazz band in London right now.