Saturday 10 August 2019, 7.30pm
Adam Bohman’s life is a continual bricolage – from his artworks to his sound works, via his tape diaries and text pieces. He magpies and gleans away pedestrian gems, and from his hoard he conjures up a prolific and kaleidoscopic creative output. It’s a pure and wonderful compulsion. Filmed within and around his creative den – his sublimely cluttered flat in Catford – Adam guides us through tabletops overspilling with springs and metal, tottering piles of collages, and the joys of street signs of Lewisham, offering an intimate glimpse into his processes and passions.
Director: Cathy Soreny
Cathy is a documentary filmmaker who on one hand focuses on co-created films for social change, on all the rest of her limbs documents and celebrates the UK underground improvising scene. As part of Sheffield community TV collective Peak Signal 2 Noise she has developed a unique approach to exploring creativity. http://ps2n.org/
Adam Bohman has been operating on the outer fringes of underground music for decades. Working with home-built instruments, found objects, tape cut-ups, collages, ink drawings and graphic scores. Favouring acoustic sounds over electronics, he explores the minute tendrils of sounds coaxed from any number of non-musical instruments and objects. He is a member of British experimental groups, Morphogenesis, The Bohman Brothers, Secluded Bronte, and The London Improvisers Orchestra. Adam's music is unique and experimental, incorporating Fluxus japery, musique concrete, sound poetry and free improvisation.
Formed in 2001, the group are Adam and Jonathan Bohman (The Bohman Brothers) and Richard Thomas, who has a fascinating musical history including collaborations with the likes of Squarepusher, Stereolab and Add N to X.
Secluded Bronte's music is hard to describe since it is so heterogenous and by extension inclusive. This is why artists as diverse as the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Iggy Pop, Stephen Mulhern, Bjork, David Byrne, Felix Kubin, Robert Wyatt, Goodiepal, and Ilan Volkov regard them so highly.
Critically their music has been compared to the works of Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza, Harry Partch, Laurie Johnson, Jack Parnell, Bruno Nicolai, The Residents, Tristram S. Cary, Hans Weissgarten, and Weissgarten's contemporaries within the neo-immortalist school of composition such as Gordon Krumholz.
Secluded Bronte are also very active within cinema, theatre, TV and radio as writers, performers and composers. In the latter part of 2018 their critically acclaimed play about infinity, in Duat, ran for three months at Denmark's Kunsthus Teater af Bedrag Odense. A feature length experimental documentary film made with the filmmaker James Holcombe is currently in post-production. And the past six months have found Secluded Bronte resident in Napoli's legendary Studio Cazzate working on the soundtrack to the cult Colombian director A. Mentiroso's psychedelic sci-fi horror fantasy Poltergeist di Hazel.
Keen eyed fans will also spot them on the screen. Adam Bohman can be seen acting in Peter Strickland's In Fabric, Richard Thomas plays an enigmatic and dangerous property developer in Butler & Mirza's social cleansing horror short, Head of Shadows. Whilst Jonathan Bohman graces the small screen as an Oxford Don in the ITV produced Inspector Morse spin-off series Endeavour.
Winter 2019 will see them take to Germany's airwaves, c/o Berlin's Deutschlandfunk Kultur, with their epic six hour radiophonic treatise on interplanetary space travel and boredom, Die Hörner von Andromeda.
Secluded Bronte's latest album Music for Sound, an equally mammoth 80 minute double LP, will be released later this year on Tim Burgess' O Genesis label.
Adrian plays soprano, sopranino and alto saxophones, and is based in London. He can currently be heard playing on the London club scene with a wide range of musicians, including the London Improvisers Orchestra, as well as doing solo saxophone performances.
Adrian also works with film/sound and runs 'Ensemble Kino', a pool of musicians providing live music to film, as well as the yearly Triptik film night events, involving a stellar cast of improvisers.
As well as 'Jazz Thali' (Indo -Greek Jazz fusion) with Harvir Sahota (tabla) and Tasos Stamou (bouzouki), he can also be booked to play Bollywood tunes for weddings, either as solo sax on in a duo with tabla.
Sue Lynch runs ‘The Horse Improvised Music Club’ with Adam Bohman and Hutch Demouilpied.
Lynch is currently a member of David Petts-‘Remote Viewers’, with John Edwards, Mark Sanders, Caroline Kraabel , Adrian Northover and David Petts. She also performs with Adam Bohman, Eddie Prevost, Hutch Demouilpied, Richard Sanderson, Steve Noble and Sharon Gal. She has recently performed as part of Tarek Atoui’s ‘Reverse Collection’ at The Tate Modern and with Tristan Honsinger. She has also performed with the Cambodian Space Project and currently performs Psychedelic Afro Beat Sudanese band ‘The Scorpios’.
Tom Scott – reeds/electronics & strings – has been involved in music making since the early 80s. Interested in a wide range of musical genres (composed, devised, written and improvised) and has played in many different settings; alt rock, jazz punk, graphic scores, urban folk, soundtracks and scapes. He has collaborated with numerous musicians, dancers, poets and performance artists as well as devising soundtracks for theatre pieces. He has worked with Adam Bohman in a duo and larger ensembles since 2010.