Artists Lauren Bon and Richard Skelton announced to perform at Saisonscape, a series of three investigations into sonic arts, working with partners Fat Out Till You Pass Out and De La Warr Pavilion touring venues in London, Manchester, Bexhill on Sea. Beginning 29th January 2015, each installation focuses on a theme inspired by the season it takes place in.

In the first edition of the series, working in collaboration with BBC Radio 3, we explore the theme of Beauty in the Bleak with artist Lauren Bon’s Requiem for Water.  Along the shores of the now dry Owens Lake, at the foothills of the tallest peaks on the North American continent sits an industrial ruin. Lauren Bon’s Requiem For Water has turned these ruins into a musical instrument. This durational sound sculpture is meant to leave a stain upon the silence a sonic remainder of the water that once supported life in this valley.

Requiem for Water is a composition for glacial time. The industrial silos that were built to mine Silica from the dry lakebed have been in disuse for thirty years. The once grand Owens Lake has been dry for one hundred years, the water redirected to Los Angeles. Requiem for Water is a sound offering to mark the centenary of the opening of the LA Aqueduct. It is about the presence of absence. Lauren Bon.

Beauty in the Bleak will be produced in collaboration with BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction programme. A headline artist, to be announced, will be invited to collaborate with Requiem for Water. Their sounds will be broadcast live from the BBC’s Maida Vale studios in London, direct into the silos beside the Owen’s Valley dry lakebed. The resulting composition will be broadcast at 11pm on Thursday 29th of January on Late Junction on BBC Radio 3. In addition, two emerging artists will be selected from an Art Assembly ‘Call Out’ to perform a short set at the recording. These short sessions will also be played out on Radio 3 Late Junction over the course of the following weeks.

Taking place in Spring, the second edition of Saisonscape – Landscape, will reflect on sound born out of, or inspired by, the land, and will be headlined by Richard Skelton performing a suite of new compositions for the series. Over the past decade Skelton has amassed a significant body of work that distills the essence of natural landscapes, from the moors of Lancashire to the fells of Cumbria, the karst terrain of the Burren to the flood-lands of East Anglia.

A key aim to the series as a whole is to support the practice of emerging artists. To that end, support slots at each event of Saisonscape will provide a platform for emerging artists and new work. Art Assembly will host a ‘Call Out’ to invite artists to submit proposals to perform at each of additions. Two artists will be selected by a panel to appear at each event. Details for the first ‘Call Out’ for Beauty in the Bleak can be found on Deadline for entries 11th December.

The final summer edition of the Saisonscape will be announced in the coming months.

Ticket links

20 March 2015 – Manchester, Islington Mill hosted by Fat Out Till You Pass Out Tickets

21 March 2015 – Bex Hill on Sea, De La Warr Pavillion Tickets

22 March 2015 – London, St John at Hackney Church hosted by Art Assembly Tickets


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Basinski fans will be able to buy an Arcadia Concert Package ticket for £35 enabling access into the following ticketed concert performances.

Michael Gira + William Basinski – 12 March St John at Hackney

Julia Kent – 18 March Ace Hotel London Shoreditch

Valgeir Sigurðsson with Liam Byrne – 19 March Village Underground, London

Charlemagne Palestine with Rhys Chatham + William Basinski – 20 March St John at Hackney


Arcadia Concert Package Tickets £35 Please note conditions further down.


In order that the Arcadia series reflect the nurturing element of the original Williamsburg studio space and operate as a platform for new work, Art Assembly and William Basinski worked in conjunction with Sound and Music ( to run an ‘artist call out’ to recruit emerging artists to perform support slots at selected concerts.


Aino Tytti will support Michael Gira + William Basinski, 12 March, St John at Hackney. Aino Tytti presents a unique blend of intricately layered microstructures and field recordings, fused with glimmering ethereal widescreen drones. Tickets £16 adv


Julia Kent will be supported by Nicolas Freeman, 18 March, Ace Hotel London Shoreditch. Freeman will develop a new work that responds to the resonances and reverberations of the physical space of the venue with a performance using prepared¼inch tape loops, violin and cello. Tickets £7 adv


Liverpool based ensemble, Ex-Easter Island Head will perform the opening slot at Charlemagne Palestine with Rhys Chatham + William Basinski, 20 March, St John at Hackney. Ex-Easter Island Head compose and perform music for solid-body electric guitar, percussion and other instruments. Tickets £16 adv


They join other shows in the series including, William Basinski in conversation with Rhys Chatham (19 March Café Oto) and free activity from 14-16 March hosted by Ace Hotel London Shoreditch including Melancholia: The Short Films of James Elaine & William Basinski, Paul Prudence – Live-cinematic Visual Music, 10000 Peacock Feathers in Foaming Acid by Evelina Dominitch & Dmitry Gelfand, Aki Onda, Janek Schaefer and Howlround.



Arcadia Concert Package conditions:

Please note this ticket does not enable access into William Basinski in conversation with Rhys Chatham (19 March Cafe Oto or ensure entry into the free ticketed activity taking place at Ace Hotel London Shoreditch from 14-16 March. For more details on how to obtain tickets for free activity at Ace Hotel London Shoreditch, please visit

NB There is limited capacity for Julia Kent’s performance at Ace Hotel London Shoreditch, 18 March. Arcadia Concert Package ticket holders will be let in on a first come first served basis for this performance. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

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Bedroom Community founder, Valgeir Sigurðsson will perform alongside Liam Byrne on Wednesday 19th March at Village Underground, Shoreditch. Sigurðsson boundless approach to music informs his work as composer, musician, engineer and mixer. In high demand as a producer, Valgeir has spent over a decade cultivating projects by diverse international artists whilst developing his own particular magic brand of recording artistry – now with three solo albums to his name. His collaborators are great and numerous including Björk, Feist, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Camille, CocoRosie, The Magic Numbers, múm and many others. Sigurðsson collides organic with synthetic, acoustic with digital, connection with isolation, and domestic with ethereal – expect a performance ripe with emotion, curiosity, and humanity. Special guests to be announced. Tickets £10

Café Oto will host William Basinski and Rhys Chatham in conversation. Rhys Chatham is a composer, guitarist and trumpet player from Manhattan, currently living in Paris, who altered the DNA of rock and created a new type of urban music by fusing the overtone-drenched minimalism of the early 60s with the relentless, elemental fury of the Ramones — the textural intricacies of the avant-garde colliding with the visceral punch of electric guitar-slinging punk rock. William Basinski is a classically trained musician and composer who has been working in experimental media for over 30 years in NYC and most recently, California. Employing obsolete technology and analogue tape loops, his haunting and melancholy soundscapes explore the temporal nature of life and resound with the reverberations of memory and the mystery of time. Doors 7pm Tickets £4 adv £5 door.

Ace Hotel London Shoreditch have partnered with the Arcadia series and will host sonic and visual artworks, free workshops and performances from 12th to 20th March including installations from Janek Schaefer, a presentation of Melancholia: The Short Films of James Elaine & William Basinski (14th March), a demonstration and performance of live-cinematic visual music with Paul Prudence and a performance of 10000 Peacock Feathers in Foaming Acid by Evelina Dominitch & Dmitry Gelfland (15th March), a free talk and performance presented by Aki Onda and the first “eye’s closed” London performance of Janek Schaefers newly released album out on 12k, Lay-By-Lullaby (16th March). For all free ticketed events please visit here .

Ace Hotel London Shoreditch also host a performance by cellist Julia Kent. Classically trained, Kent uses looped and layered cello, electronics, and field recordings to explore the intersections between the human world and the natural world. A regular performer at William Basinski’s Arcadia with her band mates in Rasputina and with Antony and the Johnsons, Julia Kent has gone on to compose music for film, dance and theatre, released two albums and has toured extensively as a solo artist. Julia performs with guests on Tuesday18th March Tickets £7

These additions to the Arcadia series programme of events join the bill including:

Michael Gira, solo performance + William Basinski + Guests – 12th March 2014, St John at Hackney. Doors 7:30. Tickets £16 adv

Charlemagne Palestine with Rhys Chatham + William Basinski 20th March 2014, St John at Hackney. Doors 7:30. Tickets £16 adv

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Sound and Music and Art Assembly are offering an opportunity to composers or ensembles to perform a support slot at a concert within the William Basinski’s Arcadia series. So far, concerts, which will be held at St John-at-Hackney, include Michael Gira (12th March) and a collaboration between Charlemagne Palestine and Rhys Chatham (20th March), both events of which will include performances by William Basinski himself.

In 1989 William Basinski founded Arcadia, a studio and performance space that defined Williamsburg as an arts community from 1989-97. Here Basinski wrote and produced his own and others work and hosted underground music and art performances by artists including Diamanda Galas and Antony Hegarty. In March 2014, Arcadia will be re-imagined in London through a week-long exhibition and performance space celebrating Basinski’s unique approach to composition and his vast archive of work.


Please read the call documentation at Sound and Music. Deadline noon Monday 3 February 2014

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In 1989 William Basinski founded Arcadia, a studio and performance space that defined Williamsburg as an arts community and became the seat of the cultural avant-garde in the 90’s. From 1989-97 Basinski wrote and produced his own and others work, as well as hosting underground music, cabaret and poetry performances by artists including Antony and Diamanda Galas. It was a place of experimentation for established as well as emerging artists, a nurturing space where young artists were encouraged to flourish.

From March 2014, Basinski and Art Assembly will co-curate a series of Arcadia inspired music and live art events in London.

In order that the Arcadia series reflect the nurturing element of the original Williamsburg studio space and operate as a platform for new work, Art Assembly and Basinski are working in conjunction with Sound and Music who will help to facilitate an ‘artist call out’ to recruit young artists to perform support slots at each of the concerts.

It’s a thrill to be curating the Arcadia series with William at this time of him organising the archive and a massive treat to see little snippets of it along the way. Over this next year the series will unpack themes within William’s work and we are excited to announce these first two concerts from Michael Gira and a collaboration between Charlemagne Palestine and Rhys Chatham. Arcadia was an artist run space, a place to experiment and show new work and so we are particularly keen that the project supports emerging practice. We are very grateful to Sound and Music for assising us with the search for new talent. I’m delighted to be working again with St John Sessions, who’ve put together one of the most solid programmes this year.

Julia Dempsey, Art Assembly

I’m honoured to have been invited by Julia Dempsey at Art Assembly to help curate a new Arcadia series at the wonderful St. John’s Hackney in London. Stay tuned for some very special cultural events in the coming months!

William Basinski

Sound and Music is excited to be working with William Basinski and Art Assembly on this project. It represents a great opportunity for the showcasing of emerging UK talent alongside some of the major figures of US underground music. Sound and Music is committed to providing open opportunities for the many, rather than just the well-connected few, and it’s great to be approached with such a progressive brief towards programming.

Richard Whitelaw, Head of Programmes, Sound and Music

Concert series line-up confirmed so far;

Michael Gira, solo performance – 12th March 2014

Moving to NY in 1979 and creating his own live-in rehearsal space in a storefront downtown,  Gira became a formidible force, kicking up stink with his band Swans within the music and art community until 1997. Reserecting the band in 2010, Swans were welcomed with eager and open arms. They have toured nationally since, playing three sold out shows in London’s Koko to date. The confrontational Swans frontman will perform a solo show including some new songs. As with all Swans/M.Gira shows, this will be a one off performance and wont be anything like you’ve heard on an album or at a previous gig. Intense, often brutal, beautiful and compelling, always vital. Expect to be wrung through the emotional mill. You wont leave the same. William Basinski will perform at this event. Tickets £16

Charlemagne Palestine + Rhys Chatham – 20th March 2014

Charlemagne Palestine is a minimalist composer, performer and visual artist from New York. He performs epic, ritualistic and intense extended duration pieces for organ. A native New Yorker now living in Paris, composer Rhys Chatham helped define New York’s downtown aesthetic in the ’70s. Palestine and Chatham first met in the late 60′s in New York. Ever respectful and admiring of each others work, this performance sees two giants in modern composition perform on stage together 30 years after their initial collaboration. Presented in conjunction with St John Sessions. William Basinski will perform at this event. Tickets £16

More performances to be announced.

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We are gutted to announce that Sohrab has been refused entry into the UK. Incredibly sad news…as this would have  been his first time performing in London. We’ve managed to replace Sohrab with the equally wonderful BJ Nilsen who will be flying in from Berlin especially for the show.

bjnilsenBJ Nilsen Is a sound and recording artist. His work is based on the sound of nature and its effect on humans. He primarily uses field recordings and electronic composition as a working method. He has worked for film, television, theatre, dance and as sound designer. His newest album presented here is “Eye Of The Microphone” [Touch # TO:95, 2013] – a somewhat surreal audio rendition of the sounds of The City of London. Currently also working on The Acoustic City, a book publication with CD, co-edited with Matthew Gandy, [2014, JOVIS Verlag, Berlin]

BJ Nilsen will join the bill with Jiyeon Kim with guest performances from  Leslie DeereNicolas FreemanFari Bradley and screening from Tiago Esteves with an opening conversation by Mike Harding of Touch.

7pm Saturday 9th November, The Peckham Pelican. Tickets £7.50  here


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SohrabWebSupport slots announced for Hidden Narratives of Empty Spaces including Performance and Sonic Artist Leslie Deere , Nicolas Freeman , Fari Bradley and screening from Tiago Esteves

They join Sohrab and Jiyeon Kim and Mike Harding from Touch at The Peckham Pelican Saturday 9th Nov from 7pm. Tickets £7.50 here

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SohrabWebArt Assembly in association with Touch present Hidden Narratives of Empty Spaces – an investigation into the stories and soundtracks hidden within the cracks of empty rooms and deserted environments. Iranian born Sohrab and Seoul based artist Jiyeon Kim demonstrate through their work how manipulated field recordings can be employed to amplify an existing or reveal a new narrative of the empty space. With guest performances and an opening conversation by Mike Harding of Touch. 7pm, Saturday 9th November, The Peckham Pelican. Tickets £7.50 via



The Wires Tom Ridge writes of Sohrab’s 2010 album, A Hidden Place:

With this album, context is everything and nothing. Sohrab is a Tehran based musician whose sense of displacement and isolation within his own country is palpable across the six Ambient pieces making up this release. He’s both a product of his environment and a reaction against it. This contradiction still fits a model of rebel music (punk, say), except that here the form of expression is so internalised as to represent a kind of withdrawal.

There’s plenty of space in his soundscapes, where the slow reverb of chimes and the fluttering of abstract electronica punctuate solemn pauses. It’s like an expression of emptiness, of faint, spectral essences occupying vacant areas. But then these spaces become filled with a more forthright presence of undulating tonal frequencies, a respite from the indefinable sense of oppression.

A few voice samples pepper these washes of sound, but they offer only glimpses of a more concrete sense of place. It’s the persistent emphasis on the elusive that makes these expressions so beguiling. While there is beauty here, there is also a nagging undertow of anxiety, a reminder of Sohrab’s status as a cultural exile in his own country.

Discover more about Sohrab at

Jiyeon Kim
Radio station kdvs described Jiyeon Kim’s practice as:
Jiyeon Kim is a Seoul-based sound artist using field recordings, prepared real-time audio manipulation, and post-processing techniques to create manufactured assemblages of natural acoustics and artificial resonance. Jiyeon has introduced a body of captivating and sublime work that effortlessly traverses academic discipline and folk practices; We’ll listen to some of her work as well as hear an audio narrative she constructed discussing her creative process.

To listen to Jiyeon Kim’s Audio Narrative presented on kdvs visit:

To find out more about Touch visit

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Art Assembly and Moringa present a unique double headliner show at St John at Hackney church featuring two masters of experimental sound on Thurs 27 June. Tickets £15 in advance via

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Hollywood_BluesFBpic  Desperate times call for desperate pleasures: This exhilarating comedy of trauma is set in a post-9/11 and -Hurricane Katrina world, where disaster, threat and survival are a way of life. Smell the fear, feel their pain, marvel at the devastation… shrug and thank God it’s not you.

“An all-consuming journey through a kind of spoken word mash-up sound performance … Funny and sophisticated.” Semiconductor

“Eliot’s Murder in the Cathedral rescues Beckett’s Not I from the Towering Inferno.” Tata Yield

“Wonderfully witty, playful and mischievous, whilst at the same time engaging with serious and timely underlying social concerns.” Val Drayton, John Hansard Gallery

“Impeccably self-conscious and ironic, witty and intelligent, easily exposing the absurdity of the disaster movie genre while paying affectionate homage. But to describe the piece as delightful is not to deny its substance and many resonances. It is riveting, high-intensity stuff.”  Dany Louise, AN Interface

“I was swept up and carried along.” “Relentless!”  “Defies any genre.”  “An exhilarating experience.” Everyone else

Rowena Easton is an artist and writer. Challenging, unashamedly dark, and cut with a wry humour, Easton’s work has been described as “Kafka meets Milligan.” (Tony Broomhead, Amenity Space) She has exhibited, published and performed all over the world. She has most recently been invited to participate inThe Arctic Circle, an art and science expedition to the High Arctic, June 2013.

Two performances will take place as Brighton Festival Fringe at Nightingale Theatre, above the Grand Central Bar, on Thurs 16 and 23 of May at 9pm. Tickets £8.50 available from


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