Sunday 22 May 2022, 2pm


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A programme of sets plundering and subverting the essence of Romantic decadence, sublimity, and the divine.

An opening set by Schopenhauer; a muscular trio of UK experimental composer/improvisors, lays the ground for a full performance of the Mendelssohn Violin concerto realised by acclaimed concert soloist Chihiro Ono, supported by an expanded ARCO ensemble.

Set 1 -
Federico Reuben (Live electronics)
Adam de la Cour (Voice & Guitar)
Tom Jackson (Clarinets)

Set 2 -
Chihiro Ono x ARCO : Mendelssohn Violin Concerto
Chihiro Ono (solo violin)
Neil Luck (synths, objects)
Federico Reuben (live electronics)
Adam de la Cour (guitar)
Gaia Blandina (Cello)
Benedict Taylor (Viola)
Tom Jackson (Clarinets)
Samuel Rice (Double Bass)
TBC percussion/drums
George Haggett : Live musicology

Chihiro Ono

Born in Chiba, Japan, Chihiro Ono is a London-based Japanese violinist (also plays viola and baroque violin) and sound artist specialising in baroque/classical/contemporary/new music, experimental music and sound art. She has been performing as a solo chamber musician at major festivals and venues across the worldwide, and working with esteemed experimental and classical ensembles including Ensemble Modern, Apartment House, CHROMA, London Mozart Players and more. Alongside performing in arts on stage, since 2018 Chihiro’s work as a sound artist has led to her producing works for radio, theatre and film productions in the UK, and collaborating with artists such as Klara Kofen, Neil Luck, Ryoko Akama and Tim Etchells . Her creative work draws on influences from a rich variety of repertoires, encompassing folklore, field recording, improvisation, Western and Eastern musical/theatrical methods, elements, techniques and philosophies with the extremely strong vision/s on sounds.

Photo by Rhys Haberfield


ARCO is an experimental music group, directed by Neil Luck, founded in 2008. They focus on experimental approaches to music-theatre. ARCO has made a body of work for diverse audiences in a range of mediums; from touring music-theatre works, to one off performances, radio broadcasts, videos, and site-specific performances. Recent projects include those with London Contemporary Music Festival, Aarhus European Capital of Culture, BBC Radio 3, BBC Proms, and an ongoing international collaboration with Tokyo based Martial-Butoh dancer Takahiro Tomatsu.

Photo by Dimitri Djuric


Schopenhauer is Tom Jackson (sax/clarinet), Adam de la Cour (electric guitar, vocals) and Federico Reuben (live electronics). Schopenhauer specialises in tasteless expressionist improvisations, dark dialectics, banal conservatism and trashy late-romantic kitsch.

Federico Reuben is a composer, sound artist and live-electronics performer. His work includes compositions for acoustic, electroacoustic and mixed ensembles, laptop improvisations, computer-mediated performances, fixed media, hybrid works, installations, collaborations and computer programs. As a laptop improviser he has performed with improvisers such as Elliott Sharp, John Edwards, Steve Noble, Mark Sanders, London Improvisers Orchestra, Tony Marsh, Alekander Kolkowski, Ingrid Laubrock, Alexander Hawkins, Dominic Lash, Rachel Musson, and Javier Carmona. He is co-founder of netlabel and artist collective squib-box with Adam de la Cour and Neil Luck. Currently, he is Associate Professor at the Music Department, University of York.