San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
An evening of performance/music curated by Tony Swain
Friday 8 May 2015 / 19.30
BALTIC’s project space at BALTIC 39, Newcastle
£5 & £3.50 concessions* / BALTIC Member 10% discount
To coincide with his exhibition at BALTIC, acclaimed Glasgow-based artist Tony Swain curates an evening of music and performance in BALTIC’s Project Space, BALTIC 39. Performances will unfold throughout the evening, culminating in a live set from National Bedtime, the latest and most personal vision from Tony Swain and friends. Featuring Swain’s stunning guitar work as a constant, National Bedtime’s inaugural album, Jobs for Beasts, contains ten instrumental tracks formed from a patchwork of samples, which swing from country to lounge to jazz.
The event will feature performances from Neil Bickerton, Lauren Hall, Jam Money, and Mariam Rezaei/Rhodri Davies/Shelly Knotts.
Neil Bickerton is an artist who lives and works in Glasgow.
Lauren Hall is a Glasgow based artist whose practice consists of making exhibitions under individual and collaborative authorship. Her work takes the form of sculpture, installation, performance and writing. Often using found or functional objects and materials, she is interested in how method and display transform these materials into artwork. She offers objects under the assumption that they all have agency; exhibitions want an audience, pop music wants to be loved, myopia wants us to look closely. Looking through speculative realism and evolutionary psychology, she considers the pursuits of leisure, labour, and wellness. http://lauren-hall.com/
Jam Money is a collaborative project by Kevin Cormack and Mat Fowler. Their first collection of music 'Blowing Stones' was self released last year on their label Spillage Fete records. Using guitars and an assortment of collected, household and found instruments from the living room and beyond, the recordings were put to tape using four-track machines. The cover and insert artwork were created by the painter Aimée Henderson whose artwork and processes directly influenced the music. For the live performances Kevin and Mat will be joined by friend and collaborator Martin Slattery to create improvised renditions of the original recordings. http://www.spillagefeterecords.com
Mariam Rezaei/Rhodri Davies/Shelly Knotts will form a new creation especially for the event with laptop, electric harp and turntables.
Mariam Rezaei is a composer and performer, director of Noisestra and The Old Police House in Gateshead. She is Composer in Residence at The Literary and Philosophical Society in Newcastle and tours her work internationally. www.rezaei.co.uk
Rhodri Davies plays harp, electric harp, live-electronics and builds wind, water, ice, dry ice and fire harp installations. He has released four solo albums: Trem, Over Shadows, Wound Response and An Air Swept Clean of All Distance. www.rhodridavies.com
Shelly Knotts is a composer, performer and improvisor of live electronic, live-coded and network music. Her experimental and collaborative tendencies have seen her engage with diverse musical practices and styles ranging from electroacoustic tape music to live-coded dance music. https://shellyknotts.wordpress.com/