Thursday 1 February 2024, 7.30pm
Aho Ssan is the artist name of Paris based Niamké Désiré. After studying graphic design and cinema, he began to compose electronic music and create his own digital instruments. Shortly thereafter he went on to win the Foundation France television prize for his soundtrack to the film of Ingha Mago in 2015 and has worked on several projects related to IRCAM/GRM inFrance. His debut LP «Simulacrum» was released on the 7th of February 2020 via Subtext Recordings.Based on the concept of Jean Baudrillard, it navigates through society’s presentation of inclusivity and equality against my own experience of growing up black in France. Aho Ssan debuted “Simulacrum” at Berlin Atonal 2019.
Church Andrews & Matt Davies showcase a mutually informed conversation between live electronics and analogue percussion, in which Andrews’s synth sounds and Davies’s drum performances act in response to one another, the results are a series of sonic organisms – semi-mechanical ecosystems that click and whirr with subtle, shifting focuses. On a compositional level, the British duo often work with alternate tunings, employing just intonation or observed tunings derived from instruments and musical styles from all across the world. Heavily experimenting with time signatures and morphing temporals, their minimal sound palette feels rhythmically and aesthetically diverse.
Their forthcoming release, YUCCA, is a testament to their minimalist ethos, utilising solely acoustic drums and a single digital synth. The EP represents their most stripped-down music to date. The sleek arrangements and minimalistic aesthetic showcase the duo's unique style while drawing on influences such as the fibonacci sequence, carnatic rhythms, and dissonance.
The duo have performed across the UK and Europe, playing festivals such as Rewire (NL) Waking Life (PRT) and Tamsta Jazz Festival (LT). They have also filmed live performances for Fact Magazine, Worldwide FM & Slate & Ash.