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EBE OKE - Species

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

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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

Get tickets HERE.