Haiku Salut, Group Listening & Thomas Ragsdale @ The Deaf Institute, Manchester [27 September]

Haiku Salut, Group Listening & Thomas Ragsdale


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27
September
19:00

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The Deaf Institute
135 Grosvenor Street, Manchester, United Kingdom
We’re delighted to be working with Haiku Salut again – this time, at the Deaf Institute, with special guests Group Listening and Thomas Ragsdale!

For their first two critically acclaimed albums, Derbyshire trio Haiku Salut concerned themselves with interweaving musical genres – finding new ways to combine folk and electronica, post rock and neo-classical, and creating music that was greeted with a host of suitably wide-eyed adjectives: spellbinding, magical, beautiful…

In the midst of all this, Gemma, Louise and Sophie created their wondrous Lamp Show, in which a stageful of vintage lamps flash, flicker and fade in time to the music. And it got them thinking – if they could invent a stage show that’s like watching electronica come to life, maybe there’s something further to be discovered about the relationship between light and sound. What if you could hear light? What if you could see sound?

The result is the trio’s third album, There Is No Elsewhere, and this year’s Lamp Show tour. The LP’s opening track, Cold To Crack The Stones features a manipulation of a NASA recording of the pulses emitted by lightning. So light has been turned into sound which will then be converted back to light, as the lamps dance to the music. What will be found in the translation?

Helping them in their quest is a disco box stolen from a UFO crash site, a sci-fi glockenspiel, and an array of instruments the band have had imported from the future. So there will be a party amongst the wonder. Come and see (and hear and see/hear) this unique band stage their unique show as their powers grow ever stronger.

Special guests are Group Listening. PRAH Recordings is excited to present Group Listening, a new project by Stephen Black and Paul Jones. Clarinet & Piano: Selected Works Vol.1 is a collection of ambient works – from the likes of Brian Eno, Arthur Russell, Euros Childs and Robert Wyatt – arranged for clarinet and piano.

Having met at music college, Stephen and Paul went separate ways creatively. Stephen delved into pop, recording albums and touring extensively under the guise of Sweet Baboo, while working with Cate Le Bon, H. Hawkline and others. Paul leaned into the piano, pursuing a career as a jazz pianist and experimental musician. He played with Keith Tippett, formed the Jones O’Connor group, performed with noise improv bands and composed orchestral and chamber music.

Reconnecting years later, the pair discovered that their music tastes, bizarrely, met in the middle; they have a shared love of The Beach Boys, Ghost Box Records, Messiaen and Angela Morley. They both like ambient and new age music, bubblegum pop, Artie Shaw, Moondog and the outsider music handbook Songs in the Key of Z.

Opening the show is Thomas Ragsdale. From his basement studio, Thomas Ragsdale creates cinematic electronica with immersive soundscapes and blissful techno workouts. His music has been featured with great effect in two BBC documentaries by Adam Curtis including the acclaimed HyperNormalisation, where his track Warning Mass features extensively, and original works also appear throughout BAFTA winner Alison Millar’s 2018 BBC doc Searching for Shergar. Ragsdale’s live performances are an audio-visual immersive sound-bath. Sharing bills with artists including Tropic Of Cancer, Telefon Tel Aviv, Forest Swords and Tim Hecker, Ragsdale draws his audience into a mesmerising and cinematic experience.

This is a 14+ show. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Price: £10.50 adv
Info/tickets: https://heymanchester.com/haiku-salut-2
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