EBE OKE - Species
Feb
28
8:00 PM20:00

EBE OKE - Species

Join artist Ebe Oke as they perform debut album SPECIES in entirety, with an electroacoustic string ensemble at the Courtyard Theatre in East London.

After completing and then finally rejecting two full albums, Ebe Oke returned to songs they began in childhood. Ebe's unique early life was shaped by time spent alone in nature with a menagerie of exotic birds. These feathered beings acted as both friends, familiars; and a spiritual respite from the intense violence of a life lived as an openly queer and gender-questioning youth in rural Georgia (US).

These sweet and visionary creative impulses have been integrated into SPECIES, an experimental electroacoustic album exploring the calls of birds and insects. These natural sounds are processed and used as instruments alongside non-linear percussion, haunting strings and Ebe's own treated voice. Each song penetrates themes including gender, healing and the non-human.

The album features Brian Eno alongside artists including Takako Minekewa and Jah Wobble. It was researched and developed during residencies at The Watermill Center, Pioneer Works, Museums Quartier (Austria) and then completed in Reykjavik at Greenhouse Studios.

The evening will begin with a contemporary dance piece performed by dancer Justyna Janiszewska, flautist Pasha Mansurov and Charlie Draper on the ondes martenot. The score, choreography & costumes have all been created by Oke for the occasion.

Text by Matthew Stone
Image: teenage self-portrait by Ebe Oke

Special thanks to the Arts Council London, Tilda Swinton, Gabriella Sonabend & Amechi Ihenacho.

This event will feature contributions from the following incredible musicians and performers:

David Barbenel
Charlie Draper
Justyna Janiszewska
Rachel Lanskey
Pasha Mansurov
Alexis Michallek
Nissa Nishikawa
Matthew Stevens

Doors open: 8pm
Opening performance: 8:30pm
Main performance: 9pm

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Buswell & Nyberg's Spectacular Popup Folk Orchestra
Mar
7
7:00 PM19:00

Buswell & Nyberg's Spectacular Popup Folk Orchestra

Sheer Music & SoP Live proudly present:

BUSWELL & NYBERG'S SPECTACULAR POP-UP FOLK ORCHESTRA + special guests CANUTES PLASTIC ARMY & TAMSIN QUIN

Tickets here.

Shaun Buswell & Erik Nyberg return to Swindon to create another one-off concert with a pop-up orchestra made from locally-sourced, free-range musicians.

Playing a mix of new music, unique versions of some popular songs, renditions of classic movie/TV theme tunes, as well as performances from some special guests, including Canute’s Plastic Army & Tamsin Quinn, it’ll be a night to remember.

"Beautiful music" – BBC News
“The lush orchestral pop-with-a-purpose……sent shivers down my spine” – The Independent
“The result is truly magical. The creation of sound right in front of your eyes is something truly special” – Louder Than War
"Buswell is like an affable tramp who’s just returned from a fantasy land and wants to regale you with his adventures" - Mestival

If you’re interested in being part of the orchestra, e-mail 10dayorchestra@gmail.com for more information.

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Theremin & Ondes Workshop with Lydia Kavina
May
11
to May 12

Theremin & Ondes Workshop with Lydia Kavina

We are happy to announce Theremin and Ondes Martenot workshop in Oxford on the weekend 11-12 May 2019.The workshop is organised by Bate Collection, the Museum of Music Instruments at the Music Faculty of Oxford University. It is led by Lydia Kavina and Charlie Draper.

The weekend program consists of beginners and advanced workshops of theremin, presentation for general audience, an ensemble session and improvisations. Charlie Draper will present an introduction to the Ondes Martenot. There will be also a recital of both instruments with piano accompaniment at Denis Arnold Hall on 11 May. Lydia and Charlie would also be available for individual theremin lessons.

For more information and registration, contact info@lydiakavina.com

Draft Schedule:

Saturday

12pm 1 Theremin workshop for beginner

2pm 2 Theremin workshop for beginner

2pm Ondes workshop

4 pm rehearsal

6pm Theremin and ondes presentation for General public

7pm concert

Sunday

10am Theremin workshop advanced

10am Ondes workshop

1pm Theremin seminar

2pm Ensemble/orchestra

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Stapleford Granary Cambridge
Jan
27
11:00 AM11:00

Stapleford Granary Cambridge

Join Charlie Draper and Paul Jackson for a programme of original and adapted works for theremin, ondes martenot and piano by Messiaen, Rózsa, Milhaud, Rachmaninov, Bach and others. Ticketing details TBC.

Charlie Draper plays the theremin and ondes Martenot, two early electronic instruments distinguished by their haunting tones and unique modes of operation. He has performed with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra (playing the music of Danny Elfman), British Library (playing with Bruce Woolley's Radio Science Orchestra), WOMAD Festival, London ExCEL Centre, New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and Pub, the Whipple Museum of Science, and his performances have featured on ITV, Channel 4, BBC 1, and BBC Radio 3.

Paul Jackson is director of Music and Performance at Anglia Ruskin. He is active as a conductor and pianist for the University, and directs the Anglia Symphony Orchestra, the contemporary music group Anglia Sinfonia and also Anglia Opera, which mounts bi-annual opera productions at the Mumford Theatre. His interests in early electronic and experimental music are reflected in pioneering performances of George Antheil's Ballet Mécanique and Percy Grainger's works for ensemble and Hammond Solovox.

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Oxford IF Festival
Oct
13
7:00 PM19:00

Oxford IF Festival

Explore the sound and science of the mysterious theremin at Oxford's IF Festival. Try your hands at numerous hands-on activities with Oxford University's crack team. Bask in the spectacular surroundings of Oxford Town Hall. Precise timing/admissions TBC.

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Insight Ensemble : Aquatic
Oct
7
to Oct 8

Insight Ensemble : Aquatic

Insight Ensemble are cooking up another storm on 6th/7th October at the The Loco Klub... heard on the seaweed it will involve Debussy, Saint-Saens, Mendelssohn... and lots more. If you haven't been to one of these yet... it's something else: a symphony orchestra and live performers occupy the abandoned engine halls of Temple Meads station. 

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Bright Fest 2018
Sep
22
7:30 PM19:30

Bright Fest 2018

Charlie Draper plays at Bright MGMT & The Joe Strummer Foundation's free entry festival promoting the best in new music at London's coolest new venue, Harringay Arms. BOX Recording Studio and Harringay Arms are proud to present BOX LIVE. Live music from the best upcoming singer-songwriters and artists, hosted in the Tap Room. Theremin collab with Jared Rood from 7.30PM, FREE ENTRY.

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BOX LIVE
Jul
19
7:30 PM19:30

BOX LIVE

BOX Recording Studio and Harringay Arms are proud to present BOX LIVE. Live music from the best upcoming singer-songwriters and artists, hosted in the Tap Room. Theremin collab with Jared Rood from 7.30PM, FREE ENTRY.

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Surrey County Show
May
28
3:40 PM15:40

Surrey County Show

The UK’s largest one-day agricultural show, now with added theremin! I’ll be presenting a taster menu in association with Guildford Fringe Festival from 15:40 (timings subject to change), hoping to catch a glimpse of some international horse and rider combinations, motorcycle stunt teams, dog agility demonstrations, and the hundreds of animals competing for a coveted show rosette.

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Recital at St John's College
May
17
7:00 PM19:00

Recital at St John's College

Join Charlie Draper and Paul Jackson for a programme of original and adapted works for theremin, ondes martenot and piano by Messiaen, Schillinger, Milhaud, Rachmaninov and Bach.

Charlie Draper plays the theremin and ondes martenot, two early electronic instruments distinguished by their haunting tones and unique modes of operation. He has performed with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra (playing the music of Danny Elfman), British Library (playing with Bruce Woolley's Radio Science Orchestra), WOMAD Festival, London ExCEL Centre, New York's Metropolitan Museum of Ar an Joe's Pub, the Whipple Museum of Science, and his performances have featured on TV, Channel 4, BBC 1, nd BC Radio .

Paul Jackson is director of Music and Performance at Anglia Ruskin. He is active as a conductor and pianist for the University, and directs the Anglia Symphony Orchestra, the contemporary music group Anglia Sinfonia and also Anglia Opera, which mounts bi-annual opera productions at the Mumford Theatre. His interests in early electronic and experimental music are reflected in pioneering performances of George Antheil's Ballet Mécanique and Percy Grainger's works for ensemble and Hammond Solovox.

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Whitby Goth Weekend
Apr
28
7:00 PM19:00

Whitby Goth Weekend

An evening of musical magic from the Captain of the lost waves. Take a trip through time and space with the artistry and virtuosity of the Captain and his sidekick Muzwell the mute. You will be captured by the lyrical spell and the haunting yet uplifting music.

Supported by the finest virtuoso of the Theremin, Charlie Draper. Charlie is a classically trained musician who can bring you to tears with this haunting instrument.

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