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Wednesday 10 April 2019, 7.30pm

Photo by Theo Jemison

Dakim (solo) + Dakim / @xcrswx [Crystabel Riley and Seymour Wright] (duo)

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A Detroit native attuned to the progressive continuum, Dakim synthesizes earthly pulses into universal offerings, conjuring rhythmic explorations like no other. Similar to his sages – Ellington, Dilla, Scientist, Monk, and Rza – Dakim takes influences from everything around him; the revolutionary hip-hop, dub and techno from his youth, the rush of the streets in motion – even the pulse of crickets in a cadence.Filtering his influences into wholly original forms, Dakim creates a dusty mist flowing through the air, a swing that won’t stop, a breath of acknowledgment to the WOW of the world.

Attuned to the source
absorbing moments
to become
space bound


@xcrswx [Crystabel Riley and Seymour Wright]

It contrasts the LIVE

(evolved sounds/patience/relentless-ness):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpcpMnrJcNc   [youtube video] 

https://soundcloud.com/user-304306011-31055618/xcrswx8/s-lJqMz  [audio]

and the ANDROID

(cropped media [sounds+visuals]/impatience/Instant Publication): 


Crystabel Riley

During the late naughties Crystabel Riley toured Japan and Europe using drums, electronics and make-up in noise trio Maria and the Mirrors.

This was the start of her interest in patterns on skins - human and drum.

This interest in dimensional patterns existing on (and off) different surfaces has continued to evolve through exploring the idea of 'care and uncare' of the skin, self, others, and the world, across all of Crystabel's practices as an Artist (Make-up, Drum).

Crystabel has been a long term collaborator with Sue Lynch who welcomed her into the Horse Improvised Music Club, where she collaborated with Caroline Krabel, John Edwards, and Steve Beresford who welcomed her into the London Improvisers Orchestra.
She is currently working on the multi-format duo project @xcrswx with Seymour Wright.


Seymour Wright

Seymour Wright’s work is about the creative, situated friction of learning, ideas, people and the saxophone – music, history and technique ­– actual and potential.

His solo work is documented on three widely-acclaimed collections - Seymour Wright of Derby (2008), Seymour Writes Back (2015) and Is This Right? (2017).

Current projects include: abaria with Ute Kanngiesser; [Ahmed] with Antonin Gerbal, Joel Grip and Pat Thomas; @xcrswx with Crystabel Riley; GUO with Daniel Blumberg; The Experimental Library with Evie Ward; XT with Paul Abbott; a trans-atlantic duet with Anne Guthrie, and, with Jean-luc Guionnet a project addressing an imaginary lacunae in Aby Warburg's Atlas Mnemosyne.

His writing has been published in C//A, Sound American and The Wire.



Photo by Steve Gullick