25–26 September 2022
We are pleased to welcome composer, percussionist, producer and instrument maker Bex Burch for a special two-day residency, presenting an intimate portrait of her core practice and special collaborations.
The first night Burch will be sharing the stage with solo percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie, a double GRAMMY winner, BAFTA nominee, recipient of the Polar Music Prize and the Companion of Honour; virtuoso double bassist John Edwards, whose staggering range of techniques and boundless musical imagination have redefined the possibility of the double bass and dramatically expanded its role; and Berlin-based multi-instrumentalist, composer and improviser Owen Gardner. His work draws from a wide variety of music, from the traditional to the highly abstract, coalescing into a very personal and hypnotic style.
The second night Burch leads her critically acclaimed band Vula Viel (comprising bassist Ruth Goller and drummer Jim Hart) straddling the divergent worlds of minimalism, post punk, and improvisatory jazz with equal success. The trio are joined by NYC legend Peter Zummo, who in addition to performing his own compositions and leading his own ensembles, has worked with myriad bands, orchestras, composers and musicians. His celebrated trombone style is recognised as one of the most beloved features of Arthur Russell's sound, for whom he played and collaborated with in the recording studio.
The general aim of Burch's practice is to continue to develop her own improvisational language, called 'messy minimalism'.
Employing percussion and hand-crafted xylophones in new and unexpected ways Bex Burch has carved out a unique sonic space for herself. Her restless creativity and desire to embrace new musical challenges across a range of percussive instruments have led to collaborations with a diverse range of artists such as Peter Zummo, Kuljit Bhamra, Sarathy Korwar, Tamar Osborn, Gwyneth Herbert, Leafcutter John and Luke Stewart.
"Dance to it, make love to it, stare at the clouds to it" - Iggy Pop
“They were the unexpected stars of a glitzy show” – John Fordham, The Guardian (UK)