Pioneering experimental improvisational group Musica Elettronica Viva (MEV) formed in Rome in 1966, forging an approach that has had a lasting impact on noise, improv and beyond. Performing at this rare show will be 3 of the founding members of the group - and all renowned composers in the their own right - Alvin Curran, Richard Teitelbaum, and Frederic Rzewski.
"Accord is the implied ideal, but in practice MEV enact the tempestuous debate, the discord, the exhilaration of the struggle. Temporary forms coalesce; none remains stable for long. An integrated but yeasty mix of electronics and acoustic instruments has become a familiar feature of groups such as Supersilent and Sweethearts In A Drugstore, but it's seldom been achieved with the improvisatory brilliance and dramatic unpredictability of much of the material on MEV 40." - Julian Cowley, THE WIRE
MEV (MUSICA ELETTRONICA VIVA - ALVIN CURRAN / RICHARD TEITELBAUM / FREDERIC RZEWSKI)
FRIDAY 13 DECEMBER '13 • 8PM
At this event banned Hackney author, Iain Sinclair, will present and discuss his latest book American Smoke - Journeys to the End of the Light and William Taylor, a Hackney Vicar and former Director of OPEN, will discuss and present a 60 minute cut of the independent film The UK Gold which is a damning indictment of British financial institutions and their unethical practices.
Iain Sinclair's book is his first full engagement with the memory-filled landscapes of the American Beats and their fellow travellers. Filled with bad journeys and fated decisions, this is a "delirious expedition in the footsteps of Malcolm Lowry, Charles Olson, Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, Gary Snyder and more, heated by obsession (the Old West, volcanoes, Mexico) and enlivened by false memories, broken reports and strange adventures".
'Inventive, dazzling, arresting. A superb chronicle of an impossible dream that has descended to a nightmare' - New Statesman
THE BANNED AND THE DAMNED: OPEN EVENT WITH IAIN SINCLAIR AND WILLIAM TAYLOR
THURSDAY 19 DECEMBER '13 • 7PM