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1st November 2016

Morton Subotnick

Kevin Drumm — Jason Lescalleet

Áine O Dwyer

Innovators and sonic architects come together for a St John Sessions performance.

A true electronic pioneer, Morton Subotnick founded the San Francisco Tape Center, an influential cultural organisation and electronic music studio that was instrumental in the invention of the Buchla synthesizer and was, in turn, a fundamental influence for all electronic music that followed. Tonight, Subotnick performs a solo set on that very instrument – undulating, moving and almost psychedelic.

Preceding this performance, we are pleased to present the debut UK performance from Kevin Drumm & Jason Lescalleet. Two formidable musicians and performers in their own right, their collaborative releases on Erstwhile Records create a soundworld that is at turns beautiful and terrifying, comprising ambient recordings and brooding drone.

Áine O Dwyer is a vocalist, musician, improviser, composer, performer and visual artist. In recent years, the pipe organ has become an integral site for her experimentation, culminating in the new albums 'Locusts' and 'Gegenschein'. The forthcoming 'Gallarais' experiments with acoustic decay, and was developed during her self made residency at the Brunel tunnel shaft, London. All three releases celebrate her interests in found spaces , acoustic phenomena, deep listening and the search for alternative scores through a combined performativity of instruments, drawings, space, time, memory and the body. Past solo releases include 'Anything Bright or Startling? and 'Music for Church Cleaners'.

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