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The Joyous Thing 3 – Check Rain: Coby Sey

The third annual Joyous Thing event for experimental music producers and audiences. Returning as an in-person event at MK gallery on Sat 26th March + a full weekend of new radio commissions broadcast on Resonance Extra (DAB radio and online). The Joyous Thing is a live gig and a chance to talk—a place to meet with fellow adventurers who work across myriad forms of new music, art, and performance. As we emerge tentatively into a post-Covid world there is a pressing need to work as allies—to face new challenges in supportive, collaborative, and creative ways. We hope you can join us at MK Gallery and/or on Resonance Extra DAB as we share our experiences, make new connections, and plan for a Joyous future in the UK experimental scene. Join us for a weekend of talks, hang-outs, commissioned performances, and radio art from artists and network members across the UK.

Coby Sey: Check Rain – commissioned by Outlands for The Joyous Thing 2022, Check Rain is a brand new, ever-evolving performance piece from London musician and producer Coby Sey. The first iteration in a forthcoming series, ‘Check Rain’ features a band of Coby’s close musical collaborators as well as bespoke light design from visual artist Charlie Hope. The piece takes in live extensions of recent material including the ‘River’ EP released via CURL (the collective and label comprising Sey, Mica Levi, Brother May and others), together with fresh works from his long-awaited forthcoming debut LP.

Supporting Coby in MK are I Am Fya and Euso two emerging UK artists who also work with Outlands via our partnership with the Digital and Music Sound Art department at The University of Brighton. I Am Fya is an experimental artist from Manchester who is now based in Brighton, UK. Her music brings together low-end textures and collaged field recordings: referencing sound system culture and notions of belonging through lyrical narratives delivered in a febrile vocal style. Recent work collects sound from her homeland, Barbados, and focuses on identity, culture, spiritual connections to land and ancestors, radical self-love, the power of chosen family, otherness, and acceptance. An experimental music and AV artist, Euso’s work centres around futurism + apophenia: working at the intersection between reality and virtuality to craft affective new work.

This event is supported by a Resonance Extra Radio takeover – this will be announced separately.

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