Stoner, psych, doom and experimental DJ set

Our gig booker Kunal has started having a go at making DJ sets.

Here’s his third one, featuring tracks by Casual Nun, Taman Shud, Elephant Tree, Kurokuma, Earthmass, Slomatics, Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard, Hey Colossus, Dethscalator, Neurosis and Kyuss.

Dark experimental, folk and acoustic DJ set

Our events organiser Kunal has started having a go at making DJ sets.

Here’s his second one, featuring tracks by Jarboe & Helen Money, Muscle and Marrow, Mishaped Pearls, Kat May, Bitter Ruin, Leah Kardos, Roxanne De Bastion, Anna Von Hausswolff, Portishead, Eels and Thom Yorke.

Progressive/post-metal DJ set

Our events curator Kunal has started having a go at making DJ sets.

Here’s his first one, featuring tracks by Core Of iO, Latitudes, Tacoma Narrows Bridge Disaster, Earth Moves, Conjurer, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Opeth, Gojira and Ephel Duath.

Father Murphy: the sound of Catholic guilt

Our week of articles about the genius artists we get to work with comes to an end with Father Murphy, possibly the most mindbending act we’ve ever worked with, before they join us tomorrow with Muscle and Marrow at New River Studios.

Loss and Love: Muscle and Marrow’s journey

We continue our week of daily articles about the experimental artists performing at our events this week.

Today we focus on Muscle and Marrow, who bring their new album tour to New River Studios on Saturday, alongside Father Murphy.

Soprano Heidi Heidelberg speaks about her techniques and influences

We continue to share info about each of the seven experimental artists involved with our two events this week. Today we hear from soprano Heidi Heidelberg, one half of Bitch ‘n’ Monk, who hold their album launch at Rich Mix on Thursday. We asked Heidi about her unusual technique and her influences, and here’s what she had to say: *   *   *   *   *   *   * After a gig I am often asked that peculiar question: “are you classically-trained?”, mainly because I can use vibrato and tend to dance around in my soprano range when I improvise, in a way that is definitely inspired by operatic coloratura. However classical training generally means a total commitment to mastering the ‘correct technique’ for opera or lyrical singing, but my mission is rather to find the technique I need to suit the music I’ve written, and the story I’m trying to tell. Sometimes I dramatically switch characters during a song and I need to abandon an angelic soprano voice in order to express rage, or even madness. When writing a passage, you are experiencing one particular emotion in its essence, but in order to perform it with emotional integrity months, or even years, later I find that vocal and breath technique helps me to re-experience that emotion. Taking short gasps creates the real sensation of panic, while long meditative breaths calm the mind, so I use technique to enter a new mental and emotional space as well as to allow me the versatility to sing the melodies I like, however angular they might be. My own training begun...

Chris Sharkey continues with electronic improvisation at Rich Mix

We continue to share info about each of the seven experimental artists involved with our two events next week. Today we’re talking about Chris Sharkey, as he’ll be continuing to develop his solo improvisational project Survival Skills at Bitch ‘n’ Monk’s album launch at Rich Mix on Thursday. Chris became first known to us many years ago as the guitarist of nu jazz outfit Acoustic Ladyland, who wrapped up their ten-year career with four consecutive gigs at The Vortex Jazz Club, each with the original lineup playing through the respective album they recorded, before disbanding. Since then, Chris has continued to push himself as a musician, composer, producer, improviser and artist, always looking for the next challenge, and has done so with projects such as TrioVD, Shiver, The Geordie Approach and Survival Skills. We’ve known his projects to perform at international jazz festivals, headline math rock tents and perform to fans of electronic arts, so pigeonholing his work is no easy job, and not something any of us need to do. In November 2014, he premiered his electronic improvisational project Survival Skills with us at Power Lunches, but since then he has continued to develop his nuanced sounds, and we can’t wait to hear what he has in store for us on Thursday. Check out these live videos by Peter Junge for an idea of what he can do. “I believe that that music education, when it is inclusive, relevant and fun, has the power to enrich lives and communities.” – Chris Sharkey “Sharkey is at the cutting-edge of contemporary improv-fusion guitar technique, colliding headlong free-jazz phrasing with roaring thrash metal riffs...

Cristabel Christo art exhibition at Rich Mix

We’re delighted to say that on Thursday 22nd September, multimedia artist Cristabel Christo is making her sculptures available for exhibition and sale at Rich Mix, during Bitch ‘n’ Monk’s album launch. The duo’s album ‘We Are Peering Over’ features a series of interchangeable covers, featuring photos of different sculptures by Cristabel designed around the music.