Friday 2 September 2016, 8pm

Photo by Claudia Schmacke

KONK PACK (Tim Hodgkinson / Thomas Lehn / Roger Turner) + JOHN CHANTLER

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Tim Hodgkinson / lap steel guitar, electronics, clarinets
Thomas Lehn / analogue synthesiser
Roger Turner / drumsets and percussion

Since 1997, KONK PACK have toured regularly throughout Europe, completed four major tours of the US, and have been described by The Wire magazine's Lee Henderson as "one of the most exciting improv groups in the world." The group have released four compact discs on the German label GROB, and have a fifth CD out on the Megaphone label in Baltimore, USA. They have performed at many major music festivals from Vancouver to Belgrade. The musics they've made individually are reason enough to take note of this trio, but the music they make together leaves audiences amazed and inspired.

Joining them on the bill will be Stockholm-based Australian musician, John Chantler, marking the launch of 'Which way to leave?’, his latest LP for Lawrence English’s ROOM40 label. 

John Chantler's visit has been made possible with support from The Swedish Arts Grants Committee.

Tim Hodgkinson

With compositions featured at international festivals such as Tectonics, Huddersfield,  Spectrum XXI, Nordlyd, and Ars Musica, and two sets of works for ensemble out on the  Mode label, TIM HODGKINSON also has a powerful commitment to intense and highly  energised performance practice. For over fifty years he has placed himself in a series of  definitive projects, whether as cofounder of the seminal group Henry Cow, as saxophonist  with influential avant-metal band God, or as bass clarinet soloist in the spectral compositions  of Iancu Dumitrescu. His lap steel guitar playing remains completely uncategorisable,  bringing subdued and not so subdued echoes of rock musics and other ethnicities.

Thomas Lehn

Schooled both as a concert pianist playing contemporary repertoire and as a recording technician, Thomas Lehn deploys a huge musicality through his unique chosen outlet, the analogue synthesiser. This instrument allows him extremely close and immediate contact with all aspects of sound modification - a vast gamut of living electronic sound produced with unmatched speed and fluency. Thomas Lehn simply represents a coming-of-age of electronic sound production in the domain of concert performance that sets a standard for the entire medium. He is therefore unsurprisingly an essential member of many of the most active and significant projects in this international and dynamic scene.

Roger Turner

Born 1946, ROGER TURNER grew up amongst the Canterbury musical life of the 1960s with a  strong foundation in jazz. Since 1974 his work has been focused on exploring a more  personal percussion language through the processes of improvisation. Solo performances, connections with experimental rock music & open-form song, extensive collaborations with  dance, film and visual art, and involvements in numerous jazz-based ensembles and workshop residencies have all formed part of that development. 

John Chantler

John Chantler is a musician and organiser living in Stockholm, Sweden. He mostly works with synthesizers and electronics to create unpredictable, highly dynamic music where passages of spare, alien beauty bridge distorted washes of masses harmonics.

Originally from Australia he spent a decade in London before moving to Sweden where he directs a small annual festival for 'other music' in Stockholm called Edition. The 'Fifth Edition' is provisionally scheduled for early August 2020.

Chantler has performed in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, North America and across Europe including appearances at Akousma, Montreal; Madeira Dig; +90db Festival, Rome; Issue Project Room, NYC; and London’s Southbank Centre.

His work has been commissioned by Borealis Festival for Experimental Music in Bergen, Norway; Organ for the Senses, San Diego, USA; ElbPhilharmonie, Hamburg, Germany and Tectonics, Glasgow, UK. Chantler has also been artist-in-residence at the ZKM centre for media arts in Karlsruhe, Germany and NOTAM in Oslo, Norway.