Emily Shapiro / Max Eastley / Sue Lynch / Douglas Benford. Saturday 8th June 19:30

Emily Shapiro
Emily Shapiro is a bass clarinet and clarinet player dedicated to exploring and creating new music. Originally from Canada, Emily pursued her studies across the country, at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver Academy of Music, Concordia University and the Domaine Forget academy.  She has had many incredible teachers, most notably Lori Freedman in Montreal. Emily has a special love for the sound and scope of bass instruments and constantly pushes the limits of what she can do on bass clarinet. Alongside performing contemporary music on bass clarinet, Emily is involved in many other musical endeavours. Composing and improvising are central to her career, and she has been an active performer of Balinese gamelan for 10 years and has also explored jazz and electroacoustics. She is always seeking out new artistic experiences to enrich and motivate her work. She is a proud member of Duo Arasari, the London Improviser’s Orchestra, the Corner Quartet and Lila Cita and has performed all over London, including iklectik, Café Oto, Hundred Years Gallery, LSO St Luke’s, the Vaults festival, the Barbican and many more. Outside of music, Emily loves gardening, running, drinking whisky and making friends with animals.

Max Eastley
Max Eastley is an internationally recognised artist who combines kinetic sculpture and sound into a unique art form. His sculptures exist on the border between the natural environment and human intervention and use the driving forces of electricity, wind, water and ice. He has exhibited both interior and exterior works internationally. His work is represented in the permanent collection of the Centre for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany and private collections. Max is an artist with the Cape Farewell Climate Change Project. From 2010 to 2013 he was an Arts and Humanities Research Council Senior Researcher at Oxford Brookes University, investigating Aeolian phenomena through artistic practice and historical research. In 2014 he was City Sound Artist in Bonn, Germany and in 2017 he was a guest of the DAAD in Berlin, Germany. He is well known as an improvising musician and has played many solo concerts as well as in combinations with musicians such as David Toop, Evan Parker, Steve Beresford, Alex Kolkowski, Rhodri Davies and John Butcher, Ute Wasserman, Phil Minton, Axel Dörner, Nicola Hein.

Sue Lynch
Sue Lynch currently runs The Horse Music Club in South London, with Adam and Hutch Demouilpied. She studied Fine Art at Coventry College of Art. In the 1980’s she toured with The Happy End Big Band. She currently performs with Hogcallin’ (with John Edwards, Steve Noble, Adrian Northover), ‘The Remote Viewers‘ ,’ The Horse Trio’, ‘The Custodians of The Realm’ and Helen McDonald’s ‘Future Groove’. In 2015 she performed with Maria Vatentina’s opera ‘Mannequin. She has performed with The Cambodian Space Project ( 2015) and has recently performed at The Tate Modern as partof of Tarek Atoui’s ‘Reverse Collection’. She also performs with Adam Bohman, Eddie Prevost,Hutch Demouilpied, Richard Sanderson, Steve Noble and Sharon Gal. Sue Lynch has recently been performing with an ensemble which she has formed called ‘Paradise Yard’, which features compositional elements using electronics, instrumentation and spoken word. She has performed in Montreal Jazz Festival, Busara Festival Zanzibar (2011), Tusk Festival (2016), Womad (2015), Iklectik Art Lab, Cafe Oto, The Vortex Jazz Club.

Douglas Benford
As a composer and sound artist, Douglas has been involved in various audio genres since the late 1980s, performing at many institutions/venues in the UK (Bristol’s Arnolfini, London’s Science Museum, Cafe Oto, Tate Modern, The Roundhouse, ICA and Glasgow’s CCA), festivals worldwide (Mutek, Synch, Transmediale) and had installation work in numerous UK galleries (Inc. London, Swansea, Gloucestershire and Essex). After many electronica releases in his ‘si-cut.db’ and other guises, in the past decade he has focused on acoustic improvisation and installations, using field recordings, classical instruments, vocals and children’s toys. As well as often playing with the London Improvisers Orchestra and Confront Recordings/ Mark Wastell’s The Seen collective, his regular collaborators include Blanca Regina, poet Tamar Yoseloff, Angharad Davies, Lina Lapelyte, Steve Beresford, Adam Bohman, Clive Bell, Mandhira De Saram, sculptor Rob Olins, as well as – in the past – pop group Saint Etienne, Jem Finer (The Pogues), Momus, Rod Thomas (Bright Light Bright Light), Scanner, Stephan Mathieu and Andrew Weatherall. He was also co-curator with Iris Garrelfs, established in 1996, of Sprawl audio events in London for over 12 years.

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