Oishi are a hardware/ software electronic improvisation duo by Ren Shang and Zheng Hao from China, using samples from their own materials, field recordings, lives, etc. Set up includes mixers, laptops, cassette players. Slightly different or very different every time.
Doors 7.30 | music 8pm | £8 cash
To celebrate the release of Oishi‘s new tape on Bezirk, ‘once upon a time there was a mountain’, they’ll be playing live at Hundred Years Gallery alongside friends and inspirations John Macedo, Omphalopticon and Verzekering.
On their debut album, ‘once upon a time there was a mountain’, Oishi use warped tape loops, field recordings and digital manipulation to explore how everyday sounds can carry unexpected paths of expression and meaning. Evoking fictional vocabularies and car radios via motorbike rides down imagined mountains.
Zheng Hao and Ren Shang are two artists from China, currently-based in London, UK. Their music as Oishi is a playful, joyful, and at points absurdist exploration through musique concrete, diaristic field recordings and digitally augmented realities.
John Macedo is an artist and performer from London. He has incorporated everything from acoustic instruments and environmental sound to analogue and computer synthesis into recorded works, live performances, film, sound installations and workshops. He has a pluralistic approach which explores connections, relationships and the hidden potential in all sounds, environments and technologies, often in intimate, immersive and intuitive ways.
He performs live solo and has collaborated with a wide variety of musicians and artists including Phil Julian, Graham Dunning, Tom White, Yoni Silver, John Butcher, Cath Roberts, John Edwards, Michael Speers, Steve Noble, Sue Lynch, Lee Fraser and Adam Bohman, to name a few. He has had work released by The Tapeworm, Hideous Replica, Sound Holes, and Beartown Records as well as releasing small run and object editions on his own label, The Black Plume Editions. From 2016-2020 he programmed SOLO:DUO:TRIO, a monthly concert series of experimental and improvised music at Cafe OTO in London. He has performed and presented work in the UK, Europe and US and has led workshops and produced collaborative, educational and community-based projects for Whitechapel Gallery, South London Gallery, Artsadmin and New Contemporaries.
Omphalopticon – Andrew Ciccone (Omphalopticon) is a multimedia artist and trash collector from New York. Since migrating to London Andrew has doubled down on his artistic output with deep ventures into live improvisation, paper collage, metalwork, abstract videos and prose. His music can be found at omphalopticon.bandcamp.com. He also runs the Navel-Gazers interview series with recording artists at blog.navelgazers.co.uk and the No Computers improv event series.