Tuesday 10 August 2021, 7.30pm
Multi-instrumentalist, producer and DJ Laila Sakini hails from Melbourne’s diverse music scene, but currently dwells in London, her on and off home over the past few years. Her work combines sounds reminiscent of her personal history in both cities and the resultant dislocation of being frequently in-between.
Her debut solo album Vivienne on Total Stasis was commended for its emotional breadth and ellucidating ennui using a modest palette of piano, electronics and voice, earning Laila a place on many best of 2020 lists.
Surrounding this are significant sentimental forays into art-pop, trip hop and even dad rock in the form of various releases: Strada, Into the Traffic and Under the Moonlight, all on Boomkat Editions, as well as soundtracking spoken word poetry (collaborating with Melbourne poet Lucy Van) and a romantic mixtape through Purely Physical Teeny Tapes.
Practising classical piano as a child and shifting into a club DJ in her early 20s, Laila has performed worldwide across all forms of spaces, from dive bars and galleries to festivals and high-fashion parties. Often gracing radio stations from NTS to LYL, Dublab & Rinse FM, she's now taking the step to focus on composition and production, with Boomkat touting her as “producing some of the most vital and brittle music of our time.”
Flora Yin Wong is a musician and writer from London, whose work incorporates traditional early instruments such as singing bowls, yangqin and kemence. Her debut releases include an album in 2020 on Modern Love as a gatefold 2x LP, and PAN’s mono no aware compilation, remixes and commissions for Mun Sing (Giant Swan), Circadian Rhythms, J Colleran, Scintii, Archaic Vaults, and Somerset House Studios. Her first book 'Liturgy' is published on PAN x Primary Information.
She has performed live at MUTEK in Montreal, Peru, and Argentina, New York’s ISSUE Project Room, Volksbühne Theatre Berlin, for Raster-Noton in Kyiv, The V&A Museum, and Somerset House, as well as DJed in clubs liked Berghain, Mutabor Moscow, Razzmatazz Barcelona, Paris, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Vienna, Brussels, Shanghai, Beijing, Seoul, Hong Kong, Sydney, and 3HD Festival in Berlin. She’s guested on radio platforms like NTS Live, Know Wave, Rinse FM, Cxema, BBC Radio 3 and 6, LYL, and Boiler Room.
“Spring was moving in the air above and in the earth below and around him, penetrating even his dark and lowly little house with its spirit of divine discontent and longing.” The Sprigs, bursting from the cold damp earth and into the light for a short while. Slap-dash free-folk from south of the river Thames with one CD-r released via Infant Tree in early 2021, and not much else to show or tell. Characterised by Time is Away as a ‘Beautifully scrappy meeting point between diaristic real-world clatter and a particular strain of folk-pop romanticism’.