Presented and Produced by SOUNDUK
PIERRE BASTIEN & MALE INSTRUMENTY
This captivating double bill brings French composer and surrealist inventor Pierre Bastien together with Polish toy orchestra Małe Instrumenty for their first UK tour. As a result audiences throughout the country will have the opportunity to enter both artists’ tiny worlds of beguiling, entertaining and original music created from meccano, toys and small instruments.
Pierre Bastien has been building musical machinery since the 1970s and has an expansive practice as a musician, composer and sound artist. He has created numerous installations including orchestras made of meccano, an ornithological chamber ensemble plus a collaboration with Robert Wyatt. Pierre’s work straddles many art forms featuring collaborations with fashion designer Issey Miyake, video artist Pierrick Sorin, film maker Karel Doing as well as instrument inventors, dance and circus companies. He has also released a number of recorded works on the Rephlex, Gazul and Westernvinyl labels, with new material currently awaiting release on Rephlex. Pierre’s delicate, minimal music created from meccano and pocket trumpet has delighted audiences worldwide. For this special tour he will bring his latest musical contraptions together to form an inventive ‘automatic orchestra’, whose fascinating movements can be explored in detail via a screen onstage as Pierre performs live on pocket trumpet alongside his creation.
Sharing the bill is Małe Instrumenty, a fantastic five piece orchestra of toys and small instruments from Wrocław, Poland. Founded in 2006, Małe Instrumenty (meaning Small Instruments) explore an exciting and diverse sound world through their huge collection of small instruments – from professional to toy instruments, strange musical inventions to sound making objects. The band uses the limitations of these small instruments to challenge their creativity and create a broad musical palette to have at their disposal. As with Pierre, Małe Instrumenty work across many disciplines including collaborations with graphic artists, video artists and film makers. The band are currently in the studio creating new material as well as preparing for the release of a forthcoming CD and book featuring the music of Chopin played on several toy pianos and an illustrated history of the toy piano (in Polish).
Toy Music presents a rare chance for audiences to discover the musical possibilities of toys and other small instruments in an evening of original creativity that will challenge, entertain and move.