UK PREMIERE: Tomaga & Pierre Bastien


We have a very exciting UK premiere at this year’s Supersonic Festival from Tomaga & Pierre Bastien!

The live collaboration between Pierre and Tomaga follows on from a residency they performed together in France in 2016.

Pierre Bastien is a french gentleman born 1953 who builds his own machineries, at the cross between music and visual art, that blends live trumpet sounds with screen projections of on-site, mechanical sound sculptures in a very poetic way. His work is described as “a timeless sounding orchestra, both futuristic and slightly dada, conjuring ancient traditions in its surprisingly sensuous music.”

“Who knows what sort of music he’ll be able to create as his machines continue to evolve.” – Pitchfork


TOMAGA channel various forms of multi-instrumentalism into music that moves by turns through industrial, jazz, psychedelia and minimalism, on it’s way to somewhere wholly other. Devoted to musical exploration, this London based duo obsessively deconstruct familiar tropes, looking for the tension that lies between improvisation and form.

“This is improv music that rocks, rather than swings; improv that borrows more from krautrock and psych than classical and jazz.”The Quietus


Those of you with a keen eye will notice that Valentina, drummer/percussionist of Tomaga, is one of our cross-over artists. Not only is she part of this exciting new premiere, she will also be performing with Raime AND Kuro at this year’s festival.

Come join this artistic, collaborative community here at Supersonic and bear witness to some of the most exciting new music and art exploding out of the experimental & underground scene today.



Meet Pierre Bastien And Male Instrumenty


Pierre Bastien and Male Instrumenty make an intriguing combination, basically creating a philharmonic orchestra out of handmade Meccano robots and a variety of small childrens instruments and toys. The robots have got the thumb pianos, castanets, steel drum and marimbas covered, while Pierre plays stand-up bass, electric piano, organ and horns. As you could have guessed, it sounds pretty unique but, for conceptual work it’s actually really accessible.

Here’s Piere and the robots playing:: (this is kind of amazing!)

and here’s Male Instrumenty::

I can’t wait to see them performing together!

A little look at: Pierre Bastien & Male Instrumenty


During this year’s Supersonic you are invited to enter the tiny musical world of Pierre Bastien & Male Instrumenty, bringing together the French composer and surrealist inventor together with the Polish toy orchestra for a very special performance entitled ‘Toy Music’.

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Pierre Bastien has been building musical machinery since the 1970s and  has an expansive practice as a musician, composer and sound artist. Male Instrumenty is a five piece orchestra of toys and small instruments from Wrocław, Poland.    Founded in 2006, Małe Instrumenty (meaning Small Instruments) explore  an exciting and diverse sound world through their huge collection of  small instruments.

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Supersonic Festival 2010:
Friday: £20, Sat/Sun: £35, Weekend: £75 (+ booking fee)

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