Adrian Utley Guitar Orchestra present Terry Riley’s ‘In C’

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Adrian Utley is devoted to breaking new ground and exploring the potential of the guitar. As a member of the experimental electronic band, Portishead, Utley is jazz trained, with a passion for the minimalist approach to playing. To celebrate his love of experimental techniques, Utley’s task for the Discovery Season is to spearhead a guitar orchestra that will be re-interpret Terry Riley’s ‘In C’, which although written in 1964, is one of the most influential music pieces of the 20th century.

Adrian Utley’s Guitar Orchestra – In C Preview from Mintonfilm on Vimeo.

The audience will witness fifty three different ways of the playing the C note which will form an unforgettable performance, supported by organ music and percussionists. To commemoratethis unique concert, Invada Records will release a recorded live version in the Autumn of 2013.

 

Birmingham’s Pram craft fairytales from concrete reality. The second city’s spin cycle of perpetual renovation, from the slum clearances to its current cosmetic upgrade, is etched in Pram’s restless groove, an endearing and gently refusenik mix encircling early Rough Trade innovators The Raincoats, astro jazz, sci-fi soundtracks, creepy Victoriana, tropical analogue and tumbledown funk.

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Pram + Light Trap

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Incorporating the techniques of early cinema, Filmficciones dark collages are stalked by a live performance by Pram, creating an eerie musical nightmare – think creepy Victoriana, tropical analogue and tumbledown funk.
www.myspace.com/pushthepram

Light Trap are a trio from Birmingham, England comprised of John (Haxan, ex Doom & Sore Throat), Doug (Una Corda) and Nic (ex Napalm Death & Scorn).
They combine blackened and primitive noise rock with progressive and experimental elements.

In Association With … is a new VIVID project to provide access to its space and facilities as a platform for social interaction, engagement and critique. It utilizes the history and role of VIVID as an experimental lab through offering an open and versatile environment for thinking and working. The activity and outcomes are completely governed by its users in the creation of an evolving space for production, dialogue, new collaborations and emerging networks. Through the initiative, VIVID wants to encourage risk taking and showcase a wide array of aesthetics from both the city’s vibrant visual, sound and film culture and far beyond.

In Association With … launched in August 2009 with projects from John Hammersley, Jenine McGaughran and Trevor Pitt. This December VIVID are delighted to welcome Capsule for a fantastic series of events to celebrate their 10th anniversary
www.vivid.org.uk

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Making Do feat. Pram + July Skies + The Winter League

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7inch Cinema and Capsule present: MAKING DO

A free late night event on Thursday 7 May, 6pm – 9pm

The New Art Gallery Walsall in partnership with 7inch Cinema and Capsule want to take you on a magical journey back to the 1950s with an evening event of listening, viewing, drinking and doing on Thursday 7 May, 6pm – 9pm. Inspired by Britain’s make-and-mend post-war spirit, the event brings together screenings of short films, live music performances courtesy of Pram (Domino Records), July Skies and The Winter League, workshops and activities and a nostalgic and street party atmosphere throughout our award winning building!

Not so long ago housewives had a number of very good reasons to be desperate. Not only did they have to look after their families in an age of depression, war and austerity, but they did so without the consumer durables that we now consider essential. Housewife Choice is a series of short public information films packed with handy hints for housewives, produced between the 1920s and 50s but just as useful in today’s wintry economic climate.

The film programme includes documentaries, cine-magazines, propaganda films and adverts, especially selected from the BFI archive. The screenings will also include a selection of colourful, handmade music videos by new talent from the recent Flatpack Festival in Birmingham, featuring flipbooks, animated sock-fish, cut-out cardboard dogs and puppetry.

Trevor Woolery will be running an animation workshop at the art library and people’s animated stories and characters will be instantly projected onto the wall and become part of an animation story.

Sara Fowles from Stitches and Hos, an organisation that is outing knitting from the private domain to the public realm, will be showcasing the art of knitting and will be inviting people to join her and create anything from socks to scarves.

Alongside the free food and refreshments that we will be offering that night, our visitors will also have the opportunity to decorate their own cake, with patterns, shapes and colours of their choice.

The same night, Sima Gonsai, the gallery’s current artist in residence, will keep her studio door open and present an audio visual installation of Cycle Dialogues Walsall, a journey navigated by people’s stories and recommendations whilst travelling on her bicycle.

Finally, Jo Digger, the gallery’s Collections Curator, will be taking groups of people on behind the scenes tours around the building and give them the opportunity to experience and have a look at areas of the gallery that our everyday visitors can not access and explain how exhibitions are put together.

For more information contact the gallery on 01922 654400 or visit www.thenewartgallerywalsall.org.uk

7 Inch Cinema have been producing unusual film events in all kinds of places since 2003, including Birmingham’s annual Flatpack Festival.
www.7inch.org.uk

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Pram + Women

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Birmingham’s Pram craft fairytales from concrete reality. The second city’s spin cycle of perpetual renovation, from the slum clearances to its current cosmetic upgrade, is etched in Pram’s restless groove, an endearing and gently refusenik mix encircling early Rough Trade innovators The Raincoats, astro jazz, sci-fi soundtracks, creepy Victoriana, tropical analogue and tumbledown funk.
www.myspace.com/pushthepram

 

Women, latest signing to Jagjaguwar (home to Bon Iver + Black Mountain) produce light and spacious sounds, at other times eerie and dense with an ominous weight,  touching upon Velvet Underground, Swell Maps or This Heat while not really having any obvious precursors – a lo-fi masterpiece cloaked in layers of vibrato and guitar wash.
Noisy and claustrophobic songs smash through junkyard trash brawls while others lift and soar across the landscape of 50’s-informed pop; a contradiction and an enigma, the debut album by Women will find its way onto summertime pool break-in boombox mixes and the turntables of record store devotees.

“…. straddles the 1960s’ divide between the Warhol crowd’s speed-addled New York cynicism and the echoes of psychedelic San Francisco that bubbled up across the pond in the fey, catchy pop of UK groups like the Zombies.”
– Pitchfork

http://www.myspace.com/womenmusic

Poster by Ben Javens

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To Rococo Rot + Pram

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To Rococo Rot
Pram

 

 TO ROCOCO ROT ‘s stated aim has always been the transfer of electronic music from the club to everyday life, in which music in its fleeting, non tangible form becomes something more concrete. They formed in 1995 when brothers Robert and Ronald Lippok were invited by the owner of a gallery, in which they were exhibiting their artwork, to record some music instead of providing a catalogue. Rising to the challenge, they invited bassist Stefan Schneider from up and coming DŸsseldorf based Kreidler to join them. The result is an oddly jarring musical landscapes with a minimum of self-consciousness and a maximum of groove. These guys play a stunning live set.

Birmingham based PRAM are best described as kitsch – horror music , incorporating Fisher Price toys, triangles and glockenspiels with eerie keyboards , horns in a jazz tinged lounge music style, which is best summed up as ‘uneasy listening’ music.

 

 

 

Birmingham based PRAM are best described as kitsch – horror music , incorporating Fisher Price toys, triangles and glockenspiels with eerie keyboards , horns in a jazz tinged lounge music style, which is best summed up as ‘uneasy listening’ music.

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PRAM + MODIFIED TOY ORCHESTRA + SHADY BARD

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All things avant-garde come to Town Hall tonight, courtesy of Capsule,
one of Birmingham’s most innovative art and music promoters. Capsule
has curated a programme of live performances from two pioneers of the
experimental music scene: Pram and Modified Toy Orchestra.
Modified Toy Orchestra circuit-bend toys beyond their original
capabilities, creating perfect pop songs from imperfect instruments,
whilst Pram Birmingham’s Pram craft fairytales from concrete reality. The second
city’s spin cycle of perpetual renovation, from the slum clearances to
its current cosmetic upgrade, is etched in Pram’s restless groove, an
endearing and gently refusenik mix encircling early Rough Trade
innovators The Raincoats, astro jazz, sci-fi soundtracks, creepy
Victoriana, tropical analogue and tumbledown funk. Joined by Shady Bard, a miniature indie orchestra of pianos, guitars,
casiotones, violin, cello, French horn and samples which burst
occasionally into catastrophic scuzz.

Tickets are £10
buy them here

or phone 0121 780 3333

Town Hall, Birmingham will re-open on Thursday 4 October 2007 with
a two-week festival of events on the theme Celebrating the Past,
Pioneering the Future.

http://www.thsh.co.uk/

http://www.myspace.com/pushthepram
http://www.myspace.com/toyorch 

http://www.myspace.com/shadybard

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