Saturday 28 July 2018, 6pm

25 Years of Chocolate Monk: Robert Ridley-Shackelton + Aqua Dentata + Band Of Gurps (Dylan Nyoukis / Joyce Whitchurch / Yoni Silver / Ali Roberston / Sharon Gal) + Ingrid Plum / Tom Bench + Hair & Treasure + I.Murphy + Stewart Greenwood + DJ Porest

No Longer Available

Chocolate Monk celebrates its 25th year by asking you to come along and unravel the knot inside your head over two evenings of sound and chunder crunk.

Robert Ridley-Shackelton
“I am the cardboard prince and i am coming to play 4 u. I work hard at th card, so u can get down xx”

Aqua Dentata
Continuous sound. Don’t pass one without three.

Dylan Nyoukis, Sharon Gal, Joyce Whitchurch, Yoni Silver & Ali Roberston invite you to come ben the hoose

Joyce Whitchurch has most recently been combining song, and percussion with power point presentations in front of unlikely congregations. Join Joyce and friends as she considers music, memory and salvation with a little help from the episode of Highway which came from Ipswich in about 1987.”

Arch-contrarian Ali Robertson has spent two decades establishing Giant Tank's Institute For Low-Brow Avant-Thought in the Scottish central belt, all the while undermining the existence of experimental academia in the largely unpopular and thoroughly unschooled improvised music duo Usurper alongside his brother Malcy Duff.”

Yoni Silver, bass clarinetist, but also plays violin, piano, alto sax, voice, and various virtuosity-circumventing simultaneous combinations of the above. Also a longstanding member of Hyperion Ensemble led by Romanian hyper-spectral-core composers Iancu Dumitrescu and the late Ana Maria Avram, who’s intuitive approach to Spectralism has had a deep effect on his playing

Sharon Gal is an interdisciplinary artist, performer, experimental vocalist and composer, with particular experience of free improvisation and collaborative group compositions. Her work relates to sound, architecture, live performance and participatory art, exploring the psychology of sound and its relationship with space.

Dylan Nyoukis attempts to tap into the “strange brain” and find the private language we all have. Instinct search for the echo of the ruined soul. Hails from Blackburn, West Lothian, home of Susan Boyle the singing sensation, who would on occasion babysit him. There is obviously something in the water there.

Ingrid Plum + Tom Bench
Emergent collaboration between Ingrid Plum and Hardworking Families.

Ingrid Plum: Originally from Denmark, Ingrid Plum uses her voice with extended technique, improvisation, field recordings and electronics, to create layered soundscapes, spoken word and songs. Described by The Guardian as “gorgeously atmospheric vocal techniques woven around field recordings & electronics” she has performed and exhibited installation art internationally since 2002, creating work that combines sound art, contemporary classical and folk music. Incorporating her research into folk traditions with field recordings and studying directly with Meredith Monk her recent performances have been described as “succinct and nourishing... a luxuriant space between almost excessive precision and looser improvisation" by The Wire.

Hardworking Families is Tom Bench’s solo sound-play interrogation. Working with no-input mixer feedback, tapes, objects, and occasionally instruments, intuitive textural adventures will coax your ears with visceral flavours. 

Hair & Treasure
Bounded over a shared love of barbed wire and corn beef. Weathered the premium beer lasso on inhalations of the blackest guff, our door rattles wanky.

Ian Murphy aka Hobo Sonn is a south coast audio anomaly who breaks the hermetic seal via random access memories.

Stewart Greenwood
Spawned from the wilds of West Yorkshire. Growing up on a secluded farm, he nourished his brain with strange tales from the moors, stories of golden men, Barguest, Trolls and the Halliwell Boggle. He headed out into civilization in the early '90s and quickly fell in with The A Band and their sonic rabble rousing. An Edinburgh man for over two decades now, he fronts his own improvised unit The Y Bend. This evening he may well treat us to a set of squeeze box delerium, foot stomp and guffaw.