David W. Stockard (+ Guests); Portraits (Billy Steiger, Daniel Blumberg, Seymour Wright); Ashley Paul + Michael Speers: Saturday 3rd October 7:30pm

This evening brings together three sets from:

Michael Speers & Ashley Paul


David W. Stockard (+ guests)

Doors 7:30 | Music 8pm | Entry £5 Donation

Image: excerpt from “to give volume to figures (i): sketches” (pg.3); David W. Stockard 2015


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Michael Speers is a musician/composer/percussionist from Northern Ireland, currently based in London. He uses feedback as the basis for most of his practice, taking influence from noise and electronic music, instrumental improvisation and drone.

In live performances amplified percussion is bowed, struck or made to resonate and layered amongst tape recordings, no-input feedback and sine tones.
Solo performances have taken place in venues such as Café OTO, Apiary Studios, Hundred Years Gallery and Rye Wax. He performs in a duo with Ashley Paul and has shared the bill with artists such as Arto Lindsay, Valerio Tricoli, Mark Durgan, John Macedo, Anthony Coleman and Charles Hayward.
His recent cassette, ‘Damped, Driven System’ was released on ‘WASTED CAPITAL SINCE 2013’.


Ashley Paul is an American performer/ composer whose solo work comprises a complexity of instruments including saxophone, clarinet, voice, prepared strings, bells and percussion. Ashley’s intuitive process integrates free forming song structures with a focused approach to projecting detailed sound and clatter. Her solo albums have received critical acclaim being chosen in The Wire: Top 50 Albums of 2013, Pitchfork’s “The Out Door” best experimental sounds of 2013, number one on Byron Coley and Thurston Moore’s “Tongue Top Ten” in Arthur Magazine, and included on NPR’s All Songs Considered “Best of 2010”. She has been interviewed and/ or featured in the Wire, Spex, Jungle World, The Sound Projector, Gonzo (circus), Dummy, BOMB, The Quietus, Ad Hoc, Foxy Digitalis, NPR’s “All Songs Considered” and Rare Frequency. Ashley’s composition “The Pace of Time” premiered at Roundhouse (London), August 2013, and was performed collaboratively with Nik Colk Void and Simon Fisher Turner.

Dissonant chordal pluckings on a guitar, long tones on a clarinet and saxophone, a careful high voice creeping through it, bells and close-up noises of objects being shifted, pushed and scraped. Is it arranged? Is it made up on the spot? It’s almost all coming from Ashley Paul, a Brooklyn musician who sometimes sounds influenced by improvisers like Derek Bailey or Keith Rowe, and sometimes sounds as if she’s got nothing to do with any tradition at all — rather, a songwriter with a diaristic, private and flexible sense of what a song is.” – New York Times


Portraits (Billy Steiger, Daniel Blumberg, Seymour Wright): 



David W. Stockard is a person from carrickfergus [ni] currently living in london [eng]

  • drum as total configuration. drum as prosthetic attachment
  • poioumena: process of doing [sound-making/sound-finding] as aphorism
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