Mercury Over Maps 4: Stonehouse, Chung & Thompson / Richard Sanderson / Bubo Bubo. Saturday 21st April 19:30

The fourth installment event of the extended residency at Hundred Years Gallery by Bill Thompson aka prof_lofi

The evening will feature three performances: a trio between Lucia H Chung (live electronics), Ian Stonehouse (modular synth) and Bill Thompson (Moog guitar and objects); a solo by Richard Sanderson (amplified melodeon), and the duo Bubo Bubo (Xenia Pestova & Ed Bennett – Indian harmonium, desk bells, music boxes and live electronics).

Door 7:30 | music 8pm | entry £5

Bubo Bubo layer acoustic and electronic sounds to create quirky and intricate sonic journeys.

Xenia Pestova’s performances and recordings have earned her a reputation as a leading interpreter of uncompromising repertoire of her generation. Pestova’s commitment and dedication to promoting music by living composers led her to commission dozens of new works and collaborate with major innovators in contemporary music. Her solo debut of premiere recordings for the Innova label titled “Shadow Piano” was described as a “terrific album of dark, probing music” by the Chicago Reader.

Ed Bennett has been described in the press as ‘anarchic’ (Irish Times), ‘manic’ (Classical Music) and ‘thrilling’ (Gramophone) is often characterized by its strong rhythmic energy, extreme contrasts and the combination of acoustic, electronic and multimedia elements; it was recently described in The Guardian as ‘unclassifiable, raw-nerve music of huge energy and imagination’ and by Sinfini Music as ‘one of the most scintillating voices to emerge of late from the British Isles.’ His body of work includes large-scale orchestral works, ensemble pieces, solo works, electronic music, opera, installations and works for dance and film. He is artistic director of the ensemble Decibel and was recently awarded the Leverhulme Prize for Performing Arts.

Richard Sanderson is an experimental and improvising musician based in London, originally from Middlesbrough in he North East of England. His instrument of choice is the melodeon (diatonic button accordion) although he also plays electronics, guitar and organ. He has recorded with the bands Lost Robots, Minnow, Browne/Thompson/Sanderson, The Horse Trio and Ticklish and in duos with Steve Beresford and Mark Spybey. His solo album “Improvisations for Melodeon” was released in 2011, followed by “Precision” in 2012. “Air Buttons” in 2014 and “A Thousand Concreted Perils” in 2016. He has lately been experimenting with simple foot-pedals and feedback to expand the sound of the melodeon. He runs the experimental label “Linear Obsessional Recordings”, very occasionally reactivates his 70s post-punk band Drop, and continues to dance with Blackheath Morris Men.

Lucia H Chung is a Taiwanese electronic sound artist based in London. She performs and releases music under the alias ‘en creux’ whose sound creation springs from her view on the medium of sound as preposition. Sound as preposition, expresses a relation between two elements. Without preposition, a clause will not form and a relation will not take place. Yet, at the same time, the role of preposition is also affected and determined by the two elements that it connects.

‘…similar to Ryoji Ikeda’s formidable, stone-wall electronics: ruthlessly precise and undeniably physical. Cleansing blasts of sub and clipping static are oddly calming despite their force.’ – Stray Landings

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