A never before attempted culture clash of contemporary classical stalwarts and top of their games electronic producers - all wrapped up in a Bloc package, all night long.
Featuring Multi Story Orchestra ensemble playing works by Spectral composer Grisey, Tansy Davies and the world premiere of Cortical Songs 2.
Headliner Nathan Fake (Border Community) has built a seriously acclaimed reputation in the electronica world over the last decade. His most recent album, Steam Days, intricately combined his two distinctive sonic characteristics: the rich, emotive, pitch-nuanced synthwork of Drowning In A Sea Of Love and his rhythmically dexterous techno drumwork of Hard Islands and other releases. His immersive live shows move between complex rhythmic exercises and liminal harmonic euphoria.
He'll be performing with the Multi-Story Orchestra, which promises to add an engaging and unique dimension to the night.
The Multi-Story Orchestra began in 2011 with a performance of Stravinsky’s ‘The Rite of Spring’ for 100 musicians in a Car Park in Peckham and they continue to bring re-interpretation of classical music to unexpected places. As well as performing a piece with Nathan Fake, they shall play Grisey’s ‘Periodes’, Tamsy Davies’ ‘Neon’ as well as a special performance with John Matthias and Nick Ryan, playing their seminal composition ‘Cortical Songs’.
Klavikon reimagines ‘electronic’ music without the use of conventional processes - no loops, no laptops, no sequencers. Instead, pianist Leon Michener employs a unique system of amplified prepared piano. Augmenting the 88 keys with his own inventions and found objects - a custom made pick up, a robot dog- he delivers cascading batteries of percussion, sub-basses and abstract soundscapes. This amalgam of virtuosic technique and real-time analogue processing is at once connected with Classical traditions of Stockhausen and Cage and the experimental dancefloor idiom and structure of fast-paced techno music. The result is a restless, original performance style that induces trance-like states in its uncompromisingly minimal rhythmic and sonic progressions.
Dirty Electronics presents Mute Synth II: a statement against MPEG culture and places emphasis on an active participant rather than passive consumer. It is born out of Dirty Electronics’ ongoing commitment to DIY approaches and noise aesthetics, and serves as a catalyst for experimenting with electronic sound.
Tom Richards performs works based on his research into Daphne Oram's historic Oramics machine within a heavily improvised electronic performance. Two singers and a harpist will bring an acoustic element to the performance, which he processes and manipulates live to produce a fluid and ever-changing soundscape.