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Friday 2 November 2018, 7.30pm

Chik White + Unchs of Pleasure + Phil Minton / Dylan Nyoukis (duo)

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“A thoroughly unique and brilliant experiment with the instrument that proves less is more.” – The Quietus

Darcy Spidle has long used the moniker chik white for various art projects. His latest efforts centre around the jaw harp, a pancultural, ancient instrument steeped in mystical allure. Inspired by sound poetry, noise, free improvisation, Dada, nature, psychogeography, and the human voice, chik white harp explorations aim to conjure visceral experiences. Performances can be chaotic, comedic, and even bloody. Each live engagement is different.

chik white has released nine albums on various labels, including a recent retrospective LP on Feeding Tube Records and a live tape on Chocolate Monk. His work has been covered by The Quietus, Tiny Mix Tapes, The Wire, CBC, Exclaim!, Canadaland, and more. A new collection of chik white music and ramblings will be available on Kraak this fall.

“Some passages are so glumpsy they are hilarious, others have a darkly industrial vibe, and the bulk is righteously freaked. A fine thing.” – The Wire

“Spidle’s wheezing gasps circle around the plastic pops and clicks of his harp in a quizzical dance, a surreal duologue spouting forth like twin streams of organic data.” – We Need No Swords


Phil Minton

Phil Minton comes from Torquay. He played trumpet and sang with the Mike Westbrook Band in the early 60s - Then in dance and rock bands in Europe for the later of part of the decade. He returned to England in 1971, rejoining Westbrook and was involved in many of his projects until the mid 1980′s.

For most of the last forty years, Minton has been working as an improvising singer in lots of groups, orchestras, and situations. Numerous composers have written music especially for his extended vocal techniques. He has a quartet with Veryan Weston, Roger Turner and John Butcher, and ongoing duos, trios and quartets with above and many other musicians. 

Since the eighties, His Feral Choir, where he voice-conducts workshops and concerts for anyone who wants to sing, has performed in over twenty countries.

“Phil Minton is best known for his startling vocal improvisations. On his new solo CD, this sensible looking man proffers 37 thin slices of his unfettered soul. Not long ago these croaks, burps, high-pitched exhalations, deep-throated drones and shreds of garbled half-language would have seen Minton either burnt or hailed as an emissary of God.” – Stewart Lee, The Sunday Times

Dylan Nyoukis

A former heavy metal kid, Dylan Nyoukis, is a noise expressionist and an experimentalist who explores improvisatory sounds of nightmarish beauty. ”…His solo vocal and tape work continues to push the envelope in terms of the expressive options offered by amplified physicality while his rejection of any kind of theoretical backdrop liberates him from servitude to any specific agenda. He remains a singular voice." - David Keenan.

Video by Helen Petts

Unchs of Pleasure

Duo of Maureen Bourne (Structure/Men Oh Pause/Teignmouth Electron/Polly Shang Kuan Band) & Duncan Harrison. Their performance will centre around findings from ethnomusicological studies of Elgin, Moray and its community of spiritual elders.