Wednesday 19 July 2017, 7.30pm
Anglo-Polish group Shepherds of Cats will be touring England this July. For this tour they will be joined by Manchester based saxophonist and Tombed Visions Records label owner David McLean, who has worked previously with Gnod, Charles Hayward and Part Wild Horses Mane On Both Sides.
+ live visuals by Vj Pietrushka
The Shepherds of Cats formed in early 2014, and had an instant and strong understanding. Their attention to detail is impeccable and have created a deep trust to support each other in the most obscure and ridiculous tangents. Using improvisation as their working method, they create sonic stories and worlds, drenched in incredulity at their own existence, exploring the outer limits of good taste and pushing the limits of what should be considered acceptable. Their compositions are created in real time. They are hunter gatherers - hunting and gathering sounds and re-appropriating them in sometimes inappropriate manners. They have shame but no ego.
Aleksander Olszewski / ethnic percussion/reeds/voice
Adam Webster / cello/voice
Jan Fanfare / guitar/loops/voice
Dariusz Blaszczek / electronics/gongs/singing bowls/objects
David McLean / saxophones, small woodwinds, synths
Vj Pietrushka aka Maciek Piatek / video processing / video improvisation
The tour will coincide with their 3 new releases, an album with German trombonist Gunther Heinz (to be released by Tombed Visions Records), an album with German clarinettist Markus Wenninger (to be released by Demerara Records) and with the previously mentioned saxophonist David McLean, all three the product of improvised sessions recorded at their Wroclaw studio.
Vj Pietrushka / aka Maciej Piatek / is a video artist and filmmaker based in the UK. His work reflects a pure and authentic pursuit of visual experimentations. His video projections function sometimes not only as visual narratives but also as autonomous light beamers. Use of various video techniques such as found footage, collage films & VJing, has helped him to create an original mood & atmosphere around his live sets. His work has been screened & exhibited both nationally and internationally in places such as Arnolfini in Bristol, Babylon Cinema in Berlin, The Vienna Künstlerhaus and The Embros Theatre in Athens. Vj Pietrushka shared the stage with artists such as Isnaj Dui and Ben Nigel Potts performing fully improvised live vj sessions.