Friday 1 September 2017, 7.30pm
The Edinburgh-based improvised noise duo of Malcy Duff & Ali Robertson will perform a one-off trio with multi-instrumentalist Yoni Silver, Ego Depletion is the new pairing of Fritz Welch & Adam Campbell, and a "show 'n' tell" will be held in OTO Project Space featuring Sharon Gal, Holly Pester and Ash Reid.
“A deliberate, luddite refusal to speak music’s language “properly” … the foremost exponents of contemporary post-punk improvisation in the UK... By favouring the sounds other musicians might ignore or avoid – placing a beer bottle on a table, the clicking of a pedal’s pot-switch, the resonant clang of a dropped coin – Usurper, paradoxically, go right through “lo-fi” and come out the other side. It’s this transformative process of enticed attentiveness that produces a genuinely collaborative environment in which focus on the incremental allows us to appreciate the delicacy and subtlety of sound-worlds we normally ignore or take for granted” – Foxy Digitalis on Usurper.
“We have a punchline at the end of each set which equals one joke every three weeks: "I'm not laughing at him. I'm laughing with him. No, i'm not laughing at him. I'm laughing with him."
Combined comprehensive educations of Fife and Edinburgh failed to curb luddite tendencies or discourage low forms of wit: Ali Robertson got remedial as Giant Tank head-honker. Malcy Duff draw.
Meanwhile: A lack of understanding proved that if you leave something broken long enough it'll start working again and Usurper got born.
Minusculist practical pranks and barely there puns for sound keep us chortling like never since John Candy jammed with his dashboard.”
Sharon Gal is an interdisciplinary artist, performer and experimental vocalist and composer, with particular experience of free improvisation and collaborative group compositions.
Her work relates to sound, architecture, live performance and participatory art, exploring the psychology of sound and its relationship with space.
Sharon performs solo and on-going collaborations with David Toop, Steve Beresford, Phil Minton, Alex Ward, Yoni Silver, Lina Lapelyte, Anat Ben-David and Andie Brown.
She also directs a series of site specific, participatory compositions-performances, examining the inter-relations between people and place: L'esprit d’escalier – for voices in a staircase, Toy Orchestra – for children and adults, Room to Breathe - with balloons & music, Long Drone – for a large ensemble of various instruments, Gals with Guitars – for female guitar players, Sound Out – for a large group of voices in a public space and Feel the Noise for a large ensemble of electric guitars and micro amps.
Sharon is a co-founder of Resonance 104.4 FM arts radio.
Her music was released by various labels; The Tapeworm, American Tapes, Ash International, A Silent Place Records, Chocolate Monk, Emanem Records, Ecstatic Yod , Paradigm Records , My Dance the Skull, Wild Silence, Fractal Meat Cuts and Visible Near Midnight Recordings.
She performed in the UK & internationally including; The V&A, Science Museum, ICA, The Whitechapel Gallery, Arnolfini Gallery, Tate Modern & Tate Britain, MACBA and Colour Out of Space, Borealis and Supernormal festivals.
Holly Pester is a poet and multidisciplinary writer. She has worked as an archivist, lecturer and practice-based researcher with readings, performances and sound installations featuring at Segue, New York, dOCUMENTA 13, Whitechapel Gallery, and the Serpentine Galleries. She teaches courses on Oulipo and Poetic Practice at the University of Essex.
Ash Reid plays variously by herself, with Liene Rozīte or Ali Robertson when available, and intermittently as the muddy bank of Pond Scum. She also edits videos, runs the cult of Ackerism with artist Kari Robertson, and wishes she was part of Vin Diesel's Dungeons & Dragons group.
EGO DEPLETION is a system of recycled movements designed to break a hole through invisible or undetectable barriers. It goes for the mind, ear, leg, heart, hand and scalp. Its first impulse is subtracted from the overall net of intentions. For example, sound is produced for the sole purpose of abseiling clogged and crystalized hierarchies and putting it all to rest. Speakers and surfaces are thoroughly interrogated yielding a steady diet of perpetual come-down. EGO DEPLETION is a Glasgow based duo made up of members Adam Campbell and Fritz Welch.
Bass-clarinetist and multi-instrumentalist Yoni Silver’s activities include hyper-spectral adventures with Iancu Dumitrescu's Hyperion Ensemble; a bass clarinet and percussion duo with Steve Noble; a bass clarinet/violin and possessed vocals duo with Sharon Gal; Denis D’or with Grundik Kasyansky and Tom Wheatley; bass clarinet and drums duo with Crystabel Riley, and solo performances on amplified bass clarinet.
He has appeared on labels such as Creative Sources, Confront Recordings, Wasted Capital, Chocolate Monk and Edition Modern.