Thursday 9 June 2022

William Basinski X LCO – The Disintegration Loops

Barbican Hall,
Barbican Centre,
Silk Street, London

London Contemporary Orchestra performs an orchestral arrangement of The Disintegration Loops; and a solo performance by Basinski of 2020’s Lamentations.

Basinski is a relentless experimentalist, obsessed with reel-to-reel tape decks, the merging of splices of tape, loops, and delay. The Disintegration Loops was born literally from disintegrating tape loops slowly deteriorating as they passed over a tape head – the unexpected result of Basinski’s attempt to transfer his earlier recordings to digital format. These are ambient waves of sound, like heavy breath that washes through the listening body: deeply emotional sounds filled with multiple textures, tones, drones, and shades that are as hauntingly beautiful as they are sombre.

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Saturday 18 June 2022

Grace Jones’ Meltdown Festival – cktrl X LCO

Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall
Belvedere Road,
London, SE1,
United Kingdom


One of the UK’s most exciting recording artists performs live with the London Contemporary Orchestra in a one-off collaboration.

His output is influenced by a blend of his West Indian heritage, years of classical training, his south London manner and a global network of creatives and friends.

With a catalogue straddling everything from freestyle contemporary classic duets to electronic R&B to dark, moody instrumentals, his approach to creation is all-encompassing.

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Friday 1 July 2022

Coby Sey x LCO: From The Vestry : London

Purcell Room,
Queen Elizabeth Hall
Belvedere Road; London, SE1
United Kingdom

Coby Sey’s prolific, open-hearted creative presence in London has seen him develop a formidable body of work in recent years, through both his own material and via close collaborations and performances with a host of artists, including Tirzah, Mica Levi (with whom he features in CURL) and Lafawndah.

For the New Music Biennial, Sey is creating an entirely acoustic new 15-minute work in collaboration with members of the London Contemporary Orchestra – a radical departure for a musician and producer most known for his electronic work.

Sey’s music is reflective of his vast spectrum of influences, yet he remains undeniably, uniquely himself, experimenting with live instrumentation and electronic-based productions, melding sounds with introspective lyrics into a dubbed-out anaesthesia.

Live, these dreamlike compositions are imbued with a heavy, uneasy dancefloor energy, often abetted by live vocals as well as saxophone interjections courtesy of Ben Vince and CJ Calderwood.

Building on his recent Purcell Room performance with the LCO, Sey is imparting knowledge and learning from his collaborators to enter into new musical territories, while introducing his and the wider audience to a broad array of musical influences rarely heard together.

1st July – Purcell Room, London
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