For one night only, friends gather in Manchester from as far as London, Liverpool and New York, to create a fresh sonic and visual feast, fusing old analogue machines, conventional / self made instruments and hand crafted visuals - this will be very special.
On the bill:
VITALIJA GLOVACKYTE - Virtual Love
Vitalija creates deep-felt and chirpy exploratory performances using acoustic instruments, electronics and lo-fi devices. 'Virtual Love’ is a set for slide projector and mini synth, and was first performed in SPOR Festival 2016 (Aarhus) by Almost Credible Music, of which the review at the SEISMOGRAF described it as one of the highlights of the 2016 program: "But it is perhaps especially Vitalija Glovackyte’s 'Virtual Love', which affected the audience most. A small, touching tale of a long-bearded programmer who sits with his tiny music keyboard and step by step programs an avatar girl on the screen. Kept quite simple - black and white via slide projector, it’s a delicate tale […] in which nostalgic music emerges as a careful chaos. The effect is very evocative."
Teaser - https://vimeo.com/168642727
Ex-Easter Island Head's Benjamin D. Duvall presents a mesmeric new work for Prepared Guitars and AM Radios, tuning into the furthermost territories of the groups' unique vocabulary in pursuit of resonances sympathetic or otherwise. Radio as waveform, Guitar as filter; Multiple Musics from Primitive Circuitries.
Teaser - //www.instagram.com/p/BMr9_xQDpX7/?hl=en
JOE SNAPE - Who is Raymond?
Joe Snape mixes conventional and homemade instruments with light and text to make unusual and moving performances. On this night, he’ll be presenting a weird and super fun performance-lecture of which the premise in Joe’s own words is this: "the protagonist, to whom I bear striking resemblance, finds a scrap of paper on the New York City subway that reads ‘Raymond looking for work’ and that includes a phone number. Following weeks of speculative sleuthing and a couple of emails, he heads off on a wild goose chase across the American south in search of the note’s author and an explanation for the trail of clues it leaves behind. Half film documentary, half music-theatre piece, Who Is Raymond probes the line between truth and fiction, and between staged interventions and real life. Do these binaries even hold water when put to the test?"
Teaser - https://vimeo.com/186297708
Following Caroline’s incredible performance at Islington Mill as part of BBC Radio 3’s Expose Salford series back in November, it’s going to be an absolute treat to hear what else she has to bring to the floor. In the recent past Caroline has been commissioned for a new work by the London Contemporary Orchestra and was one of the artists in residence at Brighter Sound led by Anna Meredith. She also had her music broadcasted on NTS and Late Junction as well as released with the London / Berlin based imprint Slip.
Teaser - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gp5G2Ls59Bo
MICHAEL CUTTING - 'I’m A Strange Loop V'
A grand ending to the night like no other - Michael Cutting makes music with acoustic instruments and analogue devices and the act to be presented last combines a Fender Rhodes piano with three reel to reel tape recorders, creating warping loops and textures through live performance. Originally written for pianist Richard Uttley, to be performed in HCMF 2016, this consequently earned a BBC Radio 3 broadcast and exciting future plans for further expansion.
Teaser - https://vimeo.com/153759670