Coming up this Tuesday May 20th, deepest East London, TYONDAI BRAXTON, respected composer and former Battles frontman…
All happens at Oval Space (London E2) , in that vague area that could be Bethnal Green or Hackney… behind Cambridge Heath Road by the gas holders… head for the gas holders! (as I’m forever telling people who come in to Cultivate looking for the Oval Space. Find out more about tickets and such here… Oval Space on Facebook.
Here comes some cut’ n Paste blurb
Praised by the Washington Post as ‘one of the most acclaimed experimental musicians of the last decade’, American composer and former Battles front man Tyondai Braxton presents the UK premiere of his new project HIVE – a live multimedia performance that is part architectural installation and part band.
Five performers sit cross-legged atop their own space-age oval pod designed by Danish architect Uffe Surland Van Tams. The music is visceral and expressive – a combination of modular synthesizers, samples, and intricately composed acoustic percussion; each pod programmed to complete the sonic mood of the piece with ever-changing LED light emitting through its perforated wooden walls.
Premiered last year at the Guggenheim Museum Rotunda in New York, HIVE has also been performed at the Sydney Opera House, and was considered one of the highlights of the MONA FOMA festival in Tasmania last January. It comes to London for a one-off performance at Oval Space – the multi-arts warehouse space adjacent to the iconic gasholders in Bethnal Green.
‘The music had moved from wary collaboration to moody, alienated second thoughts to wholehearted, walloping, overwhelming unity’ New York Times
‘A cacophony of industrial percussion and electronic sounds that had the crowd spellbound’ The Mercury (Australia)
And here’s what he said himself…
“HIVE is multimedia project; part installation and part ensemble, utilizing modular synthesis, sound design and acoustic instruments in live performance. This introduces a new element to my work: a visual narrative counterpart and the creation of environments.
I enlisted the help of Danish architect & carpenter Uffe Surland Van Tams to design and fabricate five massive, custom built wooden platforms. Myself and Ben Vida (PAN records) and 3 percussionists, Yuri Yamashita, Chris Thompson and Matt Smallcomb, will each be perched a top their own individual HIVE pod. Premiered at the Guggenheim Museum in spring 2013, the European premiere will take place September 16th 2013 in Krakow, Poland at the Sacrum Profanum Festival”.
Luke Abbott will open the evening.