Multi-disciplinary Aymaran artist and electronic musician Elysia Crampton presents the UK premiere of her new solo show Red Clouds, plus a live set from elusive London bass music protagonist Coby Sey, and Laurie & Olly, a sonically unruly new collaboration between UK composer/Slip label co-founder Laurie Tompkins and celebrated cellist/producer Oliver Coates.
Elysia Crampton: Red Clouds
+ Coby Sey + Laurie & Olly + SIREN DJs + AUDiNT⤬
An evening of visionary contemporary live music in the main gallery space of Spike Island, as part of a weekend of talks, installations, workshops and performances led by European artist collective AUDiNT.
Elysia Crampton‘s eclectic and unrestrained electronic music is the flashpoint of a myriad influences. Underscored by radical and queer politics, Elysia Crampton’s experimental work gives sonorous form to contemporary expressions of Aymara resistance and survival. Her new, self-titled album draws on various Andean styles such as kullawada, huayño, tarqueada, quirqui / tundique, khantus, & morenada, together with genres like metal, psychedelic, & jazz fusion, to tell a story of her movement in the world.
Coby Sey is a London-based vocalist, musician and DJ who has developed a distinctive presence as a performer and producer offering a shifting, disorienting vision of club music. A long-time collaborator with Mica Levi, Tirzah, Babyfather, Klein and Kwes, Coby’s recorded work spans the realms of live instrumentation, sample-based productions and experimental music, melding recognisable motifs of hip hop, drone, jazz, grime and more into a dubbed-out anaesthesia.
Laurie Tompkins writes and performs playful, erratic music for instruments and electronics, as well as co-directing experimental imprint Slip with Tom Rose and Susie Whaites, where he has independently championed a burgeoning generation of fringe artists working with sound both in the UK and further afield.
Oliver Coates is a cellist, composer and producer based in London. He was the winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award 2011 and is an Artist in Residence at the Southbank Centre. Coates recently released a solo record, Upstepping, on PRAH Recordings, and a collaborative record, Remain Calm, with Mica Levi on Slip.
SIREN is a collective started in 2016 which exists to challenge and re-define current preconceptions within dance music, whilst bringing to the fore those underrepresented in the scene. The collective’s resident DJs and VJ like to explore a realm of aesthetic possibilities when playing together, focussing on unusual shapes and textures, and conceptual ways of experimenting with their mediums. SIREN DJs zigzag across techno, electro, breakbeat, minimal, acid, jungle, bass, experimental club music and trance -- their sets never staying long in one place or era.
AUDiNT is the sonic research cell of Steve Goodman (Kode9), Eleni Ikoniadou, Toby Heys, Patrick Defasten and Souzanna Zamfe exploring how sound and its (science) fiction channel the otherworldy and produce new forms of agency. They will give a lecture ahead of the concert.
Part of AUDINT: Unsound: Undead, a weekend of installations, talks and performances at Spike Island
supported by PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund