SAISIONSCAPE: LANDSCAPE WITH RICHARD SKELTON
20-22 MARCH, ISLINGTON MILL – SALFORD, DE LA WARR PAVILION – BEXHILL ON SEA, ST JOHN’S AT HACKNEY – LONDON
Watch Saisonscape: Landscape Short Film
Exploring the mountains of Cumbria with Richard Skelton, the industrial ruins of West Yorkshire with Rob St John and the marshes of Norfolk with Laura Cannell. Directed by the brilliant Alexander Shaw.
Having recently released his first solo album in over two years, Nimrod Is Lost In Orion And Osyris In The Doggestarre, under the pseudonym The Inward Circles, Richard Skelton will perform three headline UK shows including 20 March Islington Mill Salford, 21 March De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill on Sea and 22 March St John on Bethnal Green as part of Saisonscape, Art Assembly's bi-monthly series of experimental music, inspired by the seasons.
Titled Landscape, these spring shows will reflect on sound born out of, or inspired by, the land, and will see Skelton performing new compositions from his forthcoming album, which will be launched at the first show where advance copies will be available. Over the past decade Skelton has amassed a significant body of work that distills the essence of natural landscapes, from the moors of Lancashire (Landings) to the mountains of Cumbria (Limnology) and the karst terrain of the west coast of Ireland (Verse of Birds). He is at the vanguard of a new movement of artists who place the land at the core of their practice.
His new work as The Inward Circles marks a bold departure from his much-imitated signature sound, delving deeper into subterranean landscapes, charting ‘the darkness of earth’ to reveal ‘layers of harmonic till with outcrops of more obdurate material; moraines of static, veins of melody’. It evinces the near-obsessive preoccupation with ‘sound as a material presence’ which last year saw him bury and then exhume a violin in Northumberland soil, in order to intimately explore the processes of weathering and environmental degradation.
Saisonscape, Landscape, represents a rare opportunity to experience new work from this truly innovative artist.
Stream track from Belated Movements for an Unsanctioned Exhumation August 1st 1984, Richard Skelton’s second album as The Inward Circles
AA is very excited to announce support appearances from:
Laura Cannell - Inspired by the Norfolk/Suffolk Borderlands, Laura Cannell explores the spaces between ancient, improvised, traditional and experimental music performing on overbowed fiddle and double recorders. Haunting drones drift across the flatlands and river valleys breathing new life into the lost and silent landscape.
The Fiery Spirit - Double Recorders LISTEN
Rob St. John - A musician and writer from East Lancashire. Working with nylon string guitars, tube organs, analogue synths, tape loops and field recordings, he's released a string of records rooted in the landscape, both solo and with projects such as Folklore Tapes, Water of Life and Bastard Mountain. His Saisonscape performances will feature live projections using organic materials and microscopic film by David Chatton Barker (Folklore Tapes).
Folly - LISTEN
Joe Snape - Works with archives of sound recordings to make immersive musical performances. Like a levelled snowfield or a smoothed pebble, the plane surfaces of his sounds speak to something bigger: of being slowly, gently, and thoroughly worn away.
Tired Music - LISTEN