An old music box plays a little, tiny melody. Yellow dogs send imperceivible messages. Bells, balls, brushes, boxes, a party in an enchanted garret. Newly formed Vancouver/Berlin trio Brush Skin Soft are Ben Brown, drums and toys, Marialuisa Capurso, voices and toys, and Agente Costura, sewing machine and toys.
Marialuisa Capurso is a singer, sound artist, composer and performer based in Berlin. Her work is multidisciplinary and focused on the connection between voice, sound, field recordings, body and improvisation. She investigates and explores the realm of acoustic sounds and electronic interfaces as extension of human voice. Art and life, sound and movement, the common line is the improvisation that leads her to research and to create other worlds.
Ben Brown is a musician, composer and teacher. A recent recipient of Canada Arts Council’s Professional Development Grant, Brown is currently on a 5-month trip across Europe to study and collaborate with Musicians and Dancers. In April 2013 he received a Juno Award for Best Instrumental Album of the year with the group, Pugs and Crows.
Brown regularly collaborates with Dancers and Choreographers and has worked with Katie Duck, Justine Chambers, Lee Su-Feh and Kenny Pearl. He is the founder of Music And Movement Mondays (MAMM), a weekly collaborative series between live musicians and dancers.
Lisa Simpson (Agente Costura) is a sewing agent. She has been playing the Singer, a sewing machine, since 2003. In the daytime she tackles unwanted clothing, pins them down and cuts them up, transforming them into new wearable shapes. By nighttime, the Singer joins her fellow musicians and Lisa sews to the beat of the music, improvising on clothing based on rhythm and sound. The sewing machine is amplified and becomes a musical instrument, and new sculptural garments are created from old clothes.
Lisa has performed extensively on an international level, including at The Vancouver Art Gallery, the Month of Performance Art Berlin, the Bimhuis Amsterdam, Curitiba Fashion Week, among others. In 2014 she was Artist in Residence at Villa Waldberta in Munich.
Concert 7:30 | Entry £5 / donations