Monday 22 June 2015, 8pm
Annelies Monseré is a Belgian multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter with a compositional style both imaginative and thoughtful. Her debut album “Helder” was released in 2005 on BlueSanct, and since then she ha put out several other albums and EP's as well as collaborating with the likes of Drekka, Jessica Bailiff, In Gowan Ring and Toss. She has performed mesmerizing concerts with the likes of Movietone, Crescent, Hood, Rivulets and Tara Jane O'Neil.
“An exercise in communicating the things in the darkest corners of your skull. Monseré does it magnificently.” – Digitalis industries
“When Monseré plays she allows each note to speak clearly and simply and toys with a childlike naivety which is impossible not to fall in love with.” – Boomkat
Annelies Monseré has been playing music solo since 2000. Initially the music was piano-based and mostly instrumental. Once she 'discovered' her voice, vocals became a main focus. The early songs had very simple structures and melodies, and the words were sparse and introvert. Musically, she experimented with different instruments such as cello, guitar, xylophone and melodica. Her debut album 'Helder' (released byBlueSanct) was described as "a delicate album, complete with beautiful cracks and loads of tape-hiss. [...] an intensely intimate album". Other musicians, such as Wim Lecluyse (Circle Bros.) , Ellen Evers (The Puddle Parade), Jessica Bailiff, Michael Anderson (dREKKa, Turn Pale), Nathan Amundson (rivulets), Justin Vollmar (Vollmar)and Nathan Vollmar (Vollmar) supported her on stage and contributed to her second album 'Marit' (release by Auetic). This gave the album a significantly warmer sound and a less solitary feel than her previous material. Her most recent output is a 7 inch called 'somewhere someone' on Morc Records. This ep features a Hammond organ for the first time. This instrument led to new approaches in songwriting. This release deviates clearly from previous releases, with a darker and harsher sound. Besides her solo materials she is also collaborating with Jessica Bailiff. An EP has been released by Morc Records. For the moment she is working on a third full length, on new music with Jessica Bailiff, and more.
Ute Kanngiesser has played cello since early childhood, and for more than a decade, has only played unscripted, improvised music - solo and in collaboration with other musicians and composers in London and internationally. An important part of her work has developed in relationship to other art forms such as writing, dance, film, and site specific performance. More recently, she has begun to experiment with open form compositions, writing semi-graphic scores as a way of recording music, that can be retrieved later on and in new ways.
Recent collaborations have been with Evie Ward, Daniel Blumberg, Billy Steiger, Tom Wheatley, Crystabel Riley, Seymour Wright, Paul Abbott, Keira Greene, John Butcher, Eddie Prévost and Jennifer Allum.