Monday 23 April 2018, 7.30pm
Prolific as one half of the Philadelphia performance and sound art group SCRAAATCH, Maryland-based artist MHYSA’s solo work explores and reasserts the limits of what we today know as R&B, electronica or modern soul. Investigating the titular notion of fantasy via themes of vulnerability, denial, and Black femme agency, she describes her recently released debut album ‘fantasii’ as being similar to an inverted Dante’s Inferno, where instead of journeying deeper into Hell, the album is the soundtrack of her traveling in the opposite direction. This is club music in the most essential sense of the word: it contains not only a sense of place, but of solace, and most clearly, resolution.
Jacob Samuel is a musician/multi-disciplinary artist whose work focuses on the formal qualities of expression, communication and identity pre and post machinic affectation. Re music: composition work ranging from live scoring the trial of Brett Kavanaugh to translating statistics of national birth, death, marriage and immigration to muzak in Minecraft.