Strange Umbrellas began in 2013, promoting nights of experimental music, free-improvisation, film and art in London. Founded by artist & curator Blanca Regina, free Improvisor & composer Steve Beresford and experimental musician, musicologist Jack Goldstein. and film curator and visual artist Pierre Bouvier Patron.
Next Strange Umbrellas #21, August 4th from 6 to 8pm at V22 Louise House Dartmouth Road, SE23 3HZ London.
Stage Time:6.00 – Doors6.30 – Jack Goldstein6.45 – Soramimi film by Daisy Dickinson and Julia Laird6.55 – Daniel Spicer/Paul Khimasia Morgan7.25 – Break7.40 – Steve Beresford/Charlotte Keeffe/Max Hattler8.00 – Rodez film by Stefano Miraglia8.10 – Blanca Regina/AvanacA
Solo: Jack Goldstein
Jack Goldstein makes Experimental Lo-fi Power Pop/Emo. His latest record, entitled ‘Sandwiches’, is a Brian Wilson-esque song-cycle set in an imagined interzone near the Oxford that Goldstein grew up in. His previous record, ‘Tonic Of Wilderness’, was described as “a quiet triumph; a….collage of sound taking in so many moods, emotions and samples that it’s hard to keep track”. He is also a musicologist and academic at Goldsmiths University and was awarded the Bob Gilmore Prize for Outstanding Work in Musicology for his dissertation on the influence of politics and brass bands.
He has also written on pop, experimental and improvised music.
Duo: Daniel Spicer/Paul Khimasia Morgan
Daniel Spicer is a writer, broadcaster, improviser and poet based in Brighton, UK. He writes about music for The Wire and Jazzwise magazines. His book on Turkish psychedelic music, ‘The Turkish Psychedelic Music Explosion: Anadolu Psych 1965 to 1980’, was published by Repeater Books in 2018. He is currently working on a book about Peter Brötzmann. He presents a weekly radio show of improvised music, ‘The Mystery Lesson’, on Brighton’s Radio Reverb 97.2FM. He is founder and director of Brighton Alternative Jazz Festival. As an improviser, he has worked with artists as diverse as Adam Bohman, Dylan Nyoukis, Alan Wilkinson and Konstrukt. He has published three collections of poetry: ‘Osshole Accidents’ in 2012, ‘Notes For Colour’ in 2015 and ‘From The Bottom Of The Tower’ in 2018.
Paul Khimasia Morgan is interested in detourning familiar musical instruments in improvised music settings. He currently uses amplified guitar body. He has performed in regular and ad-hoc groupings with Steve Beresford and Blanca Regina, Richard Sanderson, Simon Whetham, Seth Cooke, Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga, Ryu Hankil and Charlotte Keeffe. His latest solo album, Peoplegrowold was released on Mark Wastell’s Confront label. In 2016, he collaborated with artists Joseph Young and Kay Aplin to produce a series of sound-art concerts and talks featuring Beresford and Regina, Cathy Lane, Felicity Ford, John Kannenberg and Brambling which resulted in his piece, slow kiln, being included on the Landscape : Islands cassette compilation. His previous work appears on labels including Linear Obsessional, Absence Of Wax, Crónica, engraved glass and Con-V. Paul curates Aural Detritus Concert Series, runs the Aural Detritus and TSOKL labels and writes for The Sound Projector.
Trio: Steve Beresford/Charlotte Keeffe/Max Hattler
Steve Beresford has been a central figure in the British improvising scene for over thirty years, working with the likes of Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Han Bennink, Christian Marclay and Alterations.
His work with Marclay has included mixed media pieces like ‘Screen Play’, ‘Ephemera’, ‘Graffiti Composition’, ‘Shuffle’, ‘Pianorama’ and ‘Everyday’. He has also written songs, scored feature films, TV shows and commercials.
Steve has worked with hundreds of people, including The Slits, Stewart Lee, Ivor Cutler, Prince Far-I, Alan Hacker, Ray Davies, Mandhira De Saram, The Flying Lizards, Rachel Musson, The Portsmouth Sinfonia and John Zorn. He has an extensive discography as performer, arranger, composer and producer, and was was awarded a Paul Hamlyn award for composers in 2012.
Charlotte Keeffe performs regularly across the UK and internationally as part of several ensembles. She has played at numerous Music Festivals, including Glastonbury and accompanied the likes of Will Young, Charlotte Church, Kate Nash, Laura Mvulaand Liane Carroll.
Fascinated with improvised music, Charlotte helped guitarist John Russell establish the Mopomoso Workshop Group. She plays regularly in the London Improvisers Orchestra and has shared concert bills with the likes of John Edwards, Steve Noble, John Butcher, Steve Beresford and Mark Sanders.
Charlotte performs as a trumpet/ flügelhorn soloist and as part of her trio, Space Painters, with guitarists Joe Smith Sands and Diego Sampieri. Space Painters had their debut gig at The Vortex last May. Charlotte also has a new quartet project and will be releasing her debut album featuring some of her original compositions very soon…
Max Hattler is an artist and academic who works with abstract animation, video installation and audiovisual performance. He holds a master’s degree from the Royal College of Art and a Doctorate in Fine Art from the University of East London. Max has lectured at CalArts, USC, Goldsmiths, KASK and many more. Max has performed live around the world including at Playgrounds Festival, Re-New Copenhagen, Expo Milan and many others. He lives in Hong Kong where he is an Assistant Professor at School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong. Max’s current research focuses on synaesthetic experience and visual music, the narrative potential of abstract animation, and expanded artistic approaches to binocular vision.
Duo: Blanca Regina/Anavaca
Blanca Regina is an artist, teacher and curator based in London. Her research and practice is heterogeneous and encompasses expanded cinema, free improvisation, graphic and moving images, photography and performance art.
In 2014 she became a lecturer at the School of Music and Fine Art at the University of Kent. From 2011 to 2014 she was a visiting research fellow at the University of the Arts, London, Chelsea College of Art and Design. She has performed with various artists, including Terry Day, Leafcutter John, Steve Beresford and Matthias Kispert and has curated a number of events and installations in London and internationally. Her last solo exhibition: ‘Expanded and Ephemera Audiovisual’ was presented at MUPO, Oaxaca, México in November 2015.
AnavacA is a multifaceted communicator who expresses herself through arts and therapy.
She has participated in various healing performances and psychomagic projects. She developed, with her hands and her voice, regression processes and has collaborated with artists and therapists for 20 years.
She currently lives between Malaga and London.
1 – Soramimi
2017 / 3’32 / 4:3 / Sound
Soramimi taps in to the rhythms of the forest, channelling the positive and negative energies through the red and blue masks and eventually creating an abstract piece of ritualistic occurrence. It was all shot on Super 8 in the mountains of Japan (Kanazawa, Nagano, and Yakushima Island) and features music by Grimm Grimm.
Julia Laird is a Scottish photographer and director based in London. She uses both digital and analogue photography and moving image to cover the areas and people around her, both in her home country and whilst travelling further afield.
Daisy Dickinson is a London-based director and visual artist whose work involves experimental short film, music video, projected installation and live visual performance. She is one half of the audio/visual collaboration ‘Adrena Adrena’, with ex-Boredom’s drummer E-da Kazuhisa, and is currently working as a visual addition to Seefeel, Grimm Grimm & Samuel Kerridge. Dickinson’s visuals have been described as ‘magmatic and sulphurous, cosmological and transcendental, drawing attention to the wonder of the earth and our sensuality on it’.
2 – Rodez
2017 / 3’00’’ / 4:3 / silent
This is an exploration of the Rodez Cathedral and a study in colour, repetition and flickering, composed of 292 photographs.
Stefano Miraglia (b. 1988 in Málaga) is an Italian-Spanish visual artist based in France. Merging digital video, analogue photographs, archival documents and autobiographical elements, his moving image work stands at the intersection between abstract art, experimental animation and diaristic cinema.
His works have been screened at numerous international film festivals, including Transient Visions, Pesaro Film Festival, Festival des Cinémas Différents et Expérimentaux de Paris, Syros International Film Festival and Fracto.
Since 2011 he has been collaborating with Argentinian artist Leandro Varela. Stefano Miraglia is the founder and main curator of The Moving Image Catalogue.