Adam Bohman : strings, objects, text, voice
Jonathan Bohman : small instruments, text, voice
Catherine Pluygers : oboe, cor anglais
Ian McLachlan : trombone
Adrian Northover : saxophones
Sue Lynch : tenor saxophone, flute, clarinet
Doors 7pm | music 8pm | entry £8
“ Sound art veterans The Bohman Brothers invest random words with unearned meanings via the eloquent juxtapositions of their elegantly neutral voices. After three decades of experimentation, these alchemists of banality, these banalchemists, turn everyday leaden language into poetic gold.” – Stewart Lee (reviewing the ‘Back On The Streets’ album)
Adam Bohman and Jonathan Bohman have been recording together since their early teens and playing live since 1984.
Their repertoire includes a combination of sounds created in the moment and distinct compositions including songs. They use unconventional instruments, household objects, dislocated text from found, literary and commercial sources and collaged layers of recordings.
Regular concerts started in the mid-90s in London at places like The Club Room in Penton Street, The Red Rose and The Klinker. From 2000 to 2005 they had their own concert series upstairs at The Bonnington Café in Vauxhall, London.
Working together they are in a number of groups, including : Secluded Bronte with Richard Thomas, Apricot My Lady with Lukas Simonis & Anne La Berge and Ischio Romantico with Leonard Aspen & Roger Boulding. They have also worked with film-maker Peter Strickland on various projects.
Additional collaborations with: Christian Marclay, Luke Fowler, Andy Holden, Ken Campbell, Ilan Volkov, Steve Beresford, Lol Coxhill, L.Voag, Lepke B, Peter Fengler, Felix Kubin, Jim O’Rourke, Charles Hayward, Michael Prime and Neil Luck.
They have performed at Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Roundhouse, Royal Albert Hall, South Bank and numerous smaller venues around the UK. Also across Europe and America.
Their duo recordings include ‘A Twist For All Pockets’ (Rossbin, 2001), ‘Purely Practical’ (Peripheral Conserve, 2002), ‘Back On The Streets’ (Peripheral Conserve, 2012), ‘Library Music’ (Des Astres D’Or, 2019) and ‘In Their 70s’ (Fort Evil Fruit, 2021)