Sunday 18 January 2015, 8pm
Skatgobs is the visceral vocal improv trio of Phil Minton, Dylan Nyoukis and Luke Poot. Despite having performed together in various combinations and incarnations, this will be the first time they've appeared at OTO as a trio. Channeling and contorting the voice into enveloping textures and contours that can be subtley crepuscular one moment and howlingly nightmarish the next, all three are peerless vocal performers. Support comes from The Bohman Brothers - the longstanding improvising duo of Jonathan Bohman and Adam Bohman - fresh from his recent exhibition of visual work at the OTO Project Space.
Phil Minton comes from Torquay. He played trumpet and sang with the Mike Westbrook Band in the early 60s - Then in dance and rock bands in Europe for the later of part of the decade. He returned to England in 1971, rejoining Westbrook and was involved in many of his projects until the mid 1980′s.
For most of the last forty years, Minton has been working as an improvising singer in lots of groups, orchestras, and situations. Numerous composers have written music especially for his extended vocal techniques. He has a quartet with Veryan Weston, Roger Turner and John Butcher, and ongoing duos, trios and quartets with above and many other musicians.
Since the eighties, His Feral Choir, where he voice-conducts workshops and concerts for anyone who wants to sing, has performed in over twenty countries.
“Phil Minton is best known for his startling vocal improvisations. On his new solo CD, this sensible looking man proffers 37 thin slices of his unfettered soul. Not long ago these croaks, burps, high-pitched exhalations, deep-throated drones and shreds of garbled half-language would have seen Minton either burnt or hailed as an emissary of God.” – Stewart Lee, The Sunday Times
A former heavy metal kid, Dylan Nyoukis, is a noise expressionist and an experimentalist who explores improvisatory sounds of nightmarish beauty. ”…His solo vocal and tape work continues to push the envelope in terms of the expressive options offered by amplified physicality while his rejection of any kind of theoretical backdrop liberates him from servitude to any specific agenda. He remains a singular voice." - David Keenan.
Luke Poot. Sheffield based Strepsils abuser. Recent collaborations with the likes of Adam Bohman, Part Wild Horses Mane on Both Sides, Blue Yodel, Ben Knight, Acrid Lactations, Chastity Potatoe, and Phils' gang of toughs. 'I just listened to a bit that sounded like a pig pushing weights with a scotch egg in its gob.' - Stuart Arnot.
Adam Bohman has been operating on the outer fringes of underground music for decades. Working with home-built instruments, found objects, tape cut-ups, collages, ink drawings and graphic scores. Favouring acoustic sounds over electronics, he explores the minute tendrils of sounds coaxed from any number of non-musical instruments and objects. He is a member of British experimental groups, Morphogenesis, The Bohman Brothers, Secluded Bronte, and The London Improvisers Orchestra. Adam's music is unique and experimental, incorporating Fluxus japery, musique concrete, sound poetry and free improvisation.
The Bohman Brothers are the creators of a unique and impure experimental music. Traces of Fluxus japery, musique concrete, sound poetry and free improvisation can be detected, yet ultimately the whole is greater and more arcane than the sum of it's parts.
As a performing duo Adam and Jonathan Bohman have been operative since 1996 (Adam Bohman is also a member of Morphogenesis and The London Improvisors Orchestra). Their sound art oscillates between states of the absurd and (sonically)grotesque to highly articulate explorations of extra-musical sound. One can hear various traces of out-noise lurking in the undergrowth of their 2002 debut album 'A Twist For All Pockets' (Rossbin).
Electroacoustic music and free-improvisation could be regarded as co-ordinates on the grid. However, unlike the hermeticism of electro-acoustic music or the purism of free-improvisation, the Bohman's freely quote from any source and aren't afraid to show it. So you get Varesesian sound montage supporting spoken word material sourced from a pub menu, or frenetic juxtapositions between amplified shoe brushes and a frenzied tape cut-up of 17 th Century instruments. The Bohman aesthetic can be a dense and tangled thing to unpick and describe. Various and nefarious sounds and artistic influences merge and collide. - Lukas Simonis
Continuous collaboraters since 2008 now exploring lurid visions of cut up text and found sound disruption.
Frequently debunking their previous efforts, Harrison and Murphy confront the mystery via ramshackle experiments in surreal audio improv.