Friday 29 June 2018, 7.30pm
The Experimental Library is a series of Rooms.
Each Room in The Experimental Library houses ‘events’ in response to the work of a specific radical creator.
The series will create a space for reading, objects, dance, music making, and dialogue, and will coincide with a publication of further responses to the artist.
The third room is Organic Music.
Organic Music was the name of the lifetime collaborative project of Moki and Don Cherry.
Tapestries by Moki Cherry will be exhibited
Despite having exhibited internationally, and her tapestries being part of many iconic concerts, Moki Cherry's tapestries have never before been shown in London. Fans of Don's music will recognise Moki's tapestries from record covers such as Eternal Now, Brown Rice and Relativity Suite among others. The curated selection of tapestries on display will be hung for one night only while The Experimental Library is taking place.
The concert is a series of responses to Organic Music:
Tapestries by Moki Cherry will be exhibited
A limited edition ceramic-bound publication will include contributions by:
Ceramics by Marice Cumber
Steve Noble is London's leading drummer, a fearless and constantly inventive improviser whose super-precise, ultra-propulsive and hyper-detailed playing has galvanized encounters with Derek Bailey, Matthew Shipp, Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith, Stephen O'Malley, Joe McPhee, Alex Ward, Rhodri Davies and many, many more.
In the early eighties, Noble played with the Nigerian master drummer Elkan Ogunde, Rip Rig and Panic, Brion Gysin and the Bow Gamelan Ensemble, before going on to work with the pianist Alex Maguire and with Derek Bailey (including Company Weeks 1987, 89 and 90). He was featured in the Bailey's excellent TV series on Improvisation for Channel 4 based on his book ‘Improvisation; its nature and practise’. He has toured and performed throughout Europe, Africa and America and currently leads the groups N.E.W (with John Edwards and Alex Ward) and DECOY (with John Edwards and Alexander Hawkins).
KEIRA GREENE is an artist working across film, photography, performance and text. Her work is preoccupied with the social and organic life and landscape of specific environments. Her work is produced through a collaborative and conversational practice of looking, writing and forming enduring relationships. Recent works are concerned with ideas of the body and the experience of emotion, in dialogue with an embodied filmmaking practice. Film works by Greene are distributed by LUX, she is performance curator with Whitstable Biennale.
Kenichi Iwasa and Naima Karlsson form the duo Exotic Sin. Improvisation and live recording are at the core of their collaborative process, integrating acoustic instruments and simple electronics to play with the contrasts and cohesions of natural, digital and intuitive sounds. The duo collide piano, trumpet, flutes, percussion and two of Don Cherry's "zen saxophones" (woodwinds handmade by attaching reed mouthpieces to plastic plumbing parts), with loops, live sampling, and anachronistic '90s keyboards. The duo first came together in 2018 for a performance celebrating the art and music of Naima's grandparents, Moki and Don Cherry, before continuing as an independent unit that still incorporates some of the Cherrys' instruments as well as their synergetic integration of improvised music with visual art.
Exotic Sin have performed at Somerset House Studios (London), Bourse de Commerce (Paris), Blank Forms (Brooklyn), Cafe Oto (London), Bergen Kunsthall, EartH (London), Gong Tomorrow (Copenhagen), Lisson Gallery (London) and more.
Kenichi Iwasa (b. 1977) is a London based improviser and multidisciplinary artist from Japan. He plays a variety of instruments including trumpet, flute, percussion and handmade woodwinds, combined with electronic effects. Iwasa is also known for his legendary Krautrock Karaoke night, and has collaborated with visual artists and musicians such as Beatrice Dillon, Maxwell Sterling, Damo Suzuki and Linder Sterling.
Naima Karlsson (b. 1982) is a multi-disciplinary artist and musician based in London. Her practice interweaves sonic and visual forms led by interests in repetition, improvisation and the abstract relationships between language, symbol, image and sound. Naima’s main instrument is the piano, as well as percussion, vibraphone, and keyboards. Improvisation is at the core of the artist's musical process, combined with minimalist uses of tone, arrangement, and an inherently organic approach to playing. Naima is part of the duo Exotic Sin with Kenichi Iwasa, and she is an archivist and coordinator for the Estate of Moki Cherry and Cherry Archive.