By now you’ve probably heard all about our Kids Gigs, a series of concerts designed to introduce your young ones to the power and beauty of live music in a safe, child friendly environment (if not, where have you been?). This year we’re proud to present the Flower-Corsano Duo on Saturday 20th, and Islaja on Sunday 21st, but it’s not just art of the musical variety that we’re offering to your kids this year. The fantastic visual arts collective Juneau Projects will be offering a 20 minute animation workshop at both gigs, with the aim of gently introducing your child to the art of creating moving pictures. Using coloured lights and a series of basic images, your children will be encouraged to bring these pictures to life before letting their hair down for the following musical treat.
This combination of visual arts and experimental music is the perfect gift for a precocious child (ideally under the age of 7), and this is a great opportunity to share an artistic experience with your young ones. There are barely any tickets left for Flower-Corsano Duo, but we still have plenty for Islaja; spaces are limited however, so book now to avoid dissapointment!
Tickets cost £10 (parent and child) or £12.50 (parent and two children), and this includes both the gig and the workshop.
The response to our Kids Gigs this year has been truly humbling; it seems many of you are eager to share the beauty of experimental music with your young ones! The Flower-Corsano duo gig on Saturday is close to selling out, but fear not! On Sunday 21st October, we’re proud to present the unique acid-folk stylings of Islaja, an enchanting prospect for listeners of all ages.
Merja Kokkonen (AKA Islaja) has been at the forefront of the Finnish folk scene for almost 10 years now, with her distinctive and daring style often drawing comparisons to Bjork, Syd Barret and Nico. However, Islaja’s music is very unique, bringing in more Eastern sounding influences to weave a truly fascinating musical palette. Her soulful yet icy voice soars over her own compositions, that manage to attain a certain level of majesty without losing sight of their innate sense of playfulness, a combination that’s certain to charm you as much as it will your children!
In addition to sharing the power of live music with your kids, this event also presents the opportunity to engage them with other forms of art too. The fantastic Juneau Projects will be offering a 20 minute animation workshop at both gigs, with the aim of gently introducing your child to the art of creating moving pictures. Using coloured lights and a series of basic images, your children will be encouraged to bring these pictures to life before letting their hair down for the following musical treat. If you think your child would enjoy an artistically stimulating experience in a safe, child friendly environment, then this is the perfect gift. Spaces are limited, so book now to avoid dissapointment!
Islaja will perform on Sunday 21st October. Tickets cost £10 (parent and child) or £12.50 (parent and two children), and this includes both the gig and the workshop.
Islaja, Lau Nau, Tomuntonttu– three of Finland’s finest. Imagine a rearrangement of sounds and images, whereby psych-folk is juxtaposed with groovy animal noises and a variety of instruments create a cacophony of noise that is as subtle and intimate as it is full of impact and intrigue.
Let us start with Islaja. Heading up 2012’s Kids Gigs, she is an artist that is and will be appreciated by all ages and all tastes. She is credited with playing a whole host of instruments, ranging between colourful juice glasses, witch laugh megaphone and even beer cans. Her new album, Keraaminen Pää, is overflowing with rich, sculptural sounds, dense atmospherics and Nordic romanticism, and will she will undoubtedly evoke a vibe on stage that mirrors her unique vocal style.
Islaja performs regularly at venues and festivals across Europe and the UK, and has shared the stage with bands as diverse as Animal Collective, Low, Handsome Furs, Skaters and Junip. However, she has remained relatively unknown in her native country until recently, where people have really begun to sit up and stare. Whilst many have referred to her music as ethereal, relating her presence to that of a nymph amongst the tamed wilderness of the forest, Islaja herself has said noted that ultimately, ‘I am a child of the city, and I reckon my music ultimately is just rock.’
Since the release of her celebrated debut full length Kuutarha on Chicago’s Locust Music in 2005, Lau Nau has enjoyed considerable recognition for her intimate and playful blend of ethnic tinged folk songs with curious and intuitive sounds conjured from familiar and exotic sound sources. Like her Nordic counterparts, whilst her music is at home in the city she manages to transform the room by making her audience feel as though they are experiencing the great outdoors. The gentle meeting of edginess, warmth and elements of natural beauty ensure that her performance will stand up and provide a protective jumper for revelers against the unpredictable October weather.
Finally, let us move on to Tomutonttu. Described as a ‘creature who looks after all the dust’, it is again Finnish-based musician Jan Anderzen who rearranged images and sounds and makes the music of Tomutonttu audible. Read streams, mutilated voices, groovy animal noises and records other people have made are some of the ingredients Anderzen uses to mold his ecstatic music. Someone described it like this: a confusing close-up of music, a microcosmos of strange sound events and dirt flying around in stereo space, interacting with a logic all of their own.
Let us imagine our Nordic dream. Now, let us see our Nordic dream being realised at Supersonic 2012.
Supersonic’s gigs for kids series returns this year in style, with some of the festival’s finest performing artists taking the time to play their big sounds for little people. Ideally suited for children under 7, this is a great way to introduce your children to the wonders of experimental audio, and a fantastic opportunity to show them the power and beauty of live music in a safe, child friendly environment.
First up, the Flower/Corsano Duo will be providing a psychedelic, free-flowing voyage for your young ones to embark upon. Taking place on the Saturday at 1.30pm in the Custard Factory’s Old Library, these two fine musicians will create a warm and inviting (yet distinctly avant-garde) soundscape that can’t fail to capture the attentions of listeners both young and old. Chris Corsano is a bona fide percussive virtuoso, whose energetic and unconventional drumming is sure to get your kids dancing, whilst Mick Flower will be manning the strings to provide some expansive textural accompaniment.
“I once played for a classroom full of 5 year olds and they all immediately got up and danced. That was a reaction I’d never seen before and I loved it” says Chris of his decision to play this special pre-school set. “I’d imagine that it’ll be quieter [than our other set at the festival] since little ears are sensitive to loud sounds. What we do is always improvised, and it seems like a great chance to play off the energy of an audience of kids and see where things go from there.” Playing to a room of infants is evidently a very different proposition to playing for an adult (or even adolescent) audience, forcing the musician to find new ways to perform their craft. “It’ll be a challenge to keep shorter attention spans engaged throughout the set” Chris muses, “and I wonder if it’ll be tough to keep kids focused when the music doesn’t have vocals. But I hope they get into it in the totally unselfconscious way that kids do.” It’s a pleasing thought that many of the children in attendance may look back fondly at this gig and cherish Corsano’s frantic drumming as their first musical memory. “I remember listening to LPs” says Chris, reminiscing on his earliest encounters with music. “The two that stick out the most in my memory are Devo’s ‘Freedom of Choice’ and a record of Haunted House sound effects.”
So if you’d like to share a very special musical memory with your children, bring them down to witness Chris and Mick’s adventurous sounds first-hand on Saturday 20th October. Tickets cost £10 (parent and child) or £12.50 (parent and two children), and the gig will also include an animation workshop by artist duo Juneau Projects. And if your kids can’t seem to get enough experimental music, you can also take them to see daring Finnish folk artist Islaja the next day!
Our annual programme of big sounds for little people returns! These performances act as an introduction to experimental music for children and their families.
Sunday 21st October 1.30pm
Old Library, Custard Factory Islaja
Her unique vocal style and daring DIY approach to music composition is coupled with a beautiful sense of playfulness. Soulful and icy in one breath, she is one of the key players of the Finnish free folk scene. http://islaja.com/
Saturday 20th October, 1.30pm
Old Library, Custard Factory Flower/Corsano Duo
Corsano is a multi faceted drummer and one of the most exciting improv percussionists in the world. Lightning quick yet with an unconventional approach to rhythm, we’re looking forward to some top notch dancing from the kids for this show. He teams up with multi instrumentalist, free psych player Mick Flower on strings. http://www.cor-sano.com/
Fonal Records is an independent record label from Finland that has been releasing experimental music since 1995. Initially established by Sami Sänpäkkilä to release his own recordings under the name Es, Fonal is a truly independent record label in every sense and now has over 80 releases to its name, This music video screening presents a variety of techniques ranging from animation to live action. Videos have been shot with mobile phones, super 8, 16mm film and Red One cameras, and all have been made with a zero budget. This special programme includes work from such label luminaries as Lau Nau, Kemialliset Ystävät, Paavoharju, Islaja and Shogun Kunitoki.