The culmination of a long association with pianist Matthew Mills, Bagatelles represents some 30 years of piano music by British composer Bernard Hughes.
This month, Sound aand Music’s Fiona Allison brings us her tips for the next few weeks in mind-melting sonic adventure. Don’t forget you can easily add your events to our feed, and pitch us articles as well.
1. 10 years of Champion Version / Edition 6 – London // 1 August
This is one for fans of live electronics, post-rock and noise – should be both visually and sonically engrossing. Headline act, Adrena Adrena, is a collaboration between visual artist Daisy Dickinson and drummer E-Da Kazuhisa. The spectacle of this show should be amazing – Dickinson uses a huge eight foot sphere to map visuals on whilst drummer E-Da Kazuhisa, previously the drummer of the Japanese noise band Boredoms and current British electronic/post-rock band Seefeel, plays drums and electronics beneath. Support comes from Glockenspiel and Smallhaus.
2. VEB50/2 1969-2019: Sz Berlin & Guests – London // 3 August
London’s electronic label VEB89 host and evening with Sz Berlin and guests: Coagulant and Pacal Savy. What better way of dealing with a heat wave then an evening of abstract electronics, cold drones and industrial noise? All the artists are performing new material and Sz Berlin will be collaborating with a live vocalist for the first time. This one sounds like it will be super gritty.
3. “THE鍵KEY” – London // 3 August
Opera production company Tete a Tete bring “THE鍵KEY” to London. I’m not an expert on opera but this production sounds really enticing. Fresh from its sell-out Tokyo run, this site-specific, anglo-Japanese work invites audiences to become voyeurs as they move freely around a private residence to eavesdrop on small ensembles of singers, a dancer, and Japanese and Western instruments as this intimate drama unfolds.
4 & 5. Walking Memories sound walk – Satsymph / Other People’s Stories – Scanner (aka Robin Rimbaud) – Frome // 3 August
LISTEN is a summer of sound art around Frome by Black Swan Arts. There are two events listed on the Sampler this month as part of this series and I’d like to highlight both. One’s a sound walk of the local area based on the oral histories collected by Home in Frome over the last 10 years. And the second is a sound installation from electronic musician Scanner (aka Robin Rimbaud). This new works takes inspiration from the town of Frome itself, bringing to life stories only imagined.