Organ Reframed: Visions in Meditation
A special screening of Visions in Meditation by Stan Brakhage with new works composed and performed by Philip Jeck, Sarah Davachi and Darkstar plus James McVinnie, London Contemporary Orchestra
Fri 12 October 2018
Doors open: 18:30
£13.50 | £11.50 UC members | £8.50 con.* | £20 evening concert pass adv + cmsn
Entry Requirements: Under 16s accompanied by an adult
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Organ Reframed: Visions in Meditation
The opening night of Organ Reframed features a special screening of Visions in Meditation, interspersed with three world premieres from composers at the forefront of new music. This remarkable collection of short films by the legendary experimental filmmaker Stan Brakhage will be projected on 16mm film for a rare London screening and made even more special by three works from artists whose aesthetics very much resonate with those of Brakhage.
Visions in meditation is a culmination of many of Brakhage’s ideas and techniques. Across four films he explores the open landscapes of North America, its open vistas, makeshift shelters and desert landscapes. He also explores autobiographical themes and a non-hierarchical view of mankind in the world. Films one, two and four will be screened in silence as intended each followed by one of our new commissions written in response. The third film will be screened with its original electronic score by Rick Corrigan.
The three artists will each bring their own unique voice to the evening:
Philip Jeck studied visual arts at Dartington College of Arts in the 1970’s and has been creating sound with record-players since the early 80’s.
He has released 11 solo albums, including the most recent “Cardinal”, a double vinyl release on Touch and his 2008 record “Sand” which was second in The Wire’s top 50 albums of the year.
Philip also still works as a visual artist, usually incorporating sound and has shown installations at The Bluecoat, Liverpool, Hayward Gallery, London, The Hamburger Bahnhof Gallery, Berlin, ZKM in Karlsruhe and The Shanghai and Liverpool Bienalles. He won the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Composers 2009.
“…The impact Jeck makes with his limited means is hugely, billowingly poignant … it evokes a simultaneous sense of persistence and decay, both a profound sadness and a sense of joy.” – The Wire
A composer and performer of electroacoustic music, Sarah Davachi’s projects are primarily concerned with revealing the delicate psychoacoustics of intimate aural spaces. She utilises extended durations and simple harmonic structures in her pieces. She also employs varied instrumentation and has worked extensively with analogue synthesizers and organs.
Sarah has held artistic residencies across three continents and has toured extensively. She is currently a doctoral student in musicology at UCLA – where she studies the aesthetic impact of musical instruments and timbre in popular, experimental, and early music – and is based in Los Angeles, California.
Darkstar is James Young & Aiden Whalley. They have been an influential force in the UK’s electronic scene since their 2008 debut Hyperdub. Following collaborations with the likes of Actress, Wild Beasts and Zomby they released their third album ‘Foam Island’, to critical acclaim in 2015 on Warp Records. The band have worked with local communities in Huddersfield, Liverpool, London and South Africa. In 2017 Darkstar were commissioned by PRS to create a piece for this year’s New Music Biennial in response to City of Culture, Hull. In this new venture they worked with James McVinnie and the piece. ‘Dance Unity’, was performed at the Royal Festival Hall.
World Premieres / Commissioned by Organ Reframed.
In partnership with London Contemporary Orchestra, LUX and As Described.
Margins Cafe will be serving delicious, hot, homemade food at this event. All profits support The Margins Project, which works with people who face homelessness and crisis and is based here at the Chapel.
You must also have a ticket for this event to eat at Margins Cafe.
The Cafe opens to all ticket holders when the chapel doors open, scheduled to be 18:30 for this show.
How to book early dinner reservations:
Sorry, it is not possible for us to do early dinner reservation for events with an 18:30 door time.
It may be eventually be possible to do early dinner reservations for this show, but we will only know that within two weeks of the show. We will do our best to alert those who have booked via our website, or else check back here nearer the time.
The menu will be displayed here; it normally goes up a couple of days before the show. There will always be at least two hot meals, one of which will be veggie, to choose from, plus lighter bites such as quiche and salad. Check out the sample menu here.
£13.50 General Admission Ticket
£11.50 Union Chapel Members, please log in first and choose a general admission. Your discount will be added automatically. Please note, discount is for named member only.
£8.50 Concession: Students, people over the age of 65, people in receipt of DLA/PIP and Job Seekers Allowance
£20 Evening Concert Pass, discount will be added automatically when you select tickets to Organ Reframed: Visions in Meditation and Organ Reframed: Éliane Radigue and Hildur Guðnadóttir
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Organ Reframed 2018 - Full Line up
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