Saturday 14 October 2017, 7.30pm
The Experimental Library: Ornette Coleman
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 first room is Ornette Coleman.
The concert is a series of responses to Ornette Coleman:
Still House Plants
XT (Paul Abbott and Seymour Wright)
Followed by dancing to Ornette Coleman records.
The publication will include contributions by:
Matthew Welton and Paul Tornbohm
Still House Plants are a UK group made up of Jessica Hickie-Kallenbach, Finlay Clark, and David Kennedy.
From a bare bones set up of guitar, drums and vocals they create fractious and sharp music with a melting pop heart. Bridging elements of sampling, slow core, and repetition the trio have developed a sound that constantly breaks apart and fuses together again, like a chance meeting on the dissecting table of Scritti Politti’s early eps and a 2-step 12” by Lady Legs.
Their latest LP, Fast Edit, released on Blank Forms and bison, was written aided by mobile phones, dictaphones, laptop recordings of rehearsals, conversations, and live shows to create a collage of different fidelities and aural spaces. Things sit on top of each other, fall over one another, or click into place, with hearts on sleeves and spirits in motion.
Notable performances include Empty Gallery (Hong Kong), Hyperlocal Festival (with NTS/British Council, Buenos Aires), Soundtiago (Santiago), zdb (Lisbon), and uh fest (Budapest). 2021 sees the trio perform at Salon de Normandy by the community (Paris, as part of fiac), Gavin Brown’s enterprise (New York), Zebulon (Los Angeles), Canicas Festival (Oaxaca) and Tokyo (with 33-33/mode and British Council). Still House Plants have also undertaken residencies at the CCA (Glasgow), the Pipe Factory (Glasgow) as well as an ambitious six-month residency at Cafe OTO as recipients of the OTO Projects UK artists residency fund, (supported by Jerwood Arts).
Nisha Ramayya is a poet and lecturer in Creative Writing at Queen Mary, University of London. Her pamphlets Notes on Sanskrit (2015) and Correspondences (2016) are published by Oystercatcher Press. Threads, a creative-critical pamphlet co-authored with Sandeep Parmar and Bhanu Kapil, is published by clinic. She is a member of the 'Race & Poetry & Poetics in the UK' research group and the interdisciplinary practice-as-research group Generative Constraints.
Opening possibilities of language and learning from below, XT bounce questions of the specific material conditions, histories and logics of the saxophone and drum kit in a flexible, manifold process of collaboration, augmentation, bifurcation, antagonism and technological and somatic feedback. Increasingly they plug in, using synthetic and amplified saxophone and drums to extend magnify and delay what they do.
The project explicitly folds together their overlapping interests in language, learning, politics and an investigative ethics of emancipation.
Paul Abbott is an artist and musician based in London, working through questions and feelings connecting music and language: using real and imaginary drums, synthetic sounds, performance and writing.
His current collaborations include XT & lll人 with Seymour Wright and Daichi Yoshikawa, Falls with Keira Greene, ULAPAARC with Cara Tolmie and an ongoing project with Will Holder. A series of solo performances in Cafe OTO’s project space are documented here. Recent releases include solo's Sphuzo, qno, & Vagus and Pah' (XT), and vjerhanxsk (lll人). He is one of the co-editor’s of Cesura//Acceso and was one of the Sound and Music “Embedded” resident artists at Cafe Oto 2015-2016.
In addition Abbott has collaborated and performed with numerous other artists and musicians, including: Benedict Drew, Pat Thomas, Ute Kanngiesser, Billy Steiger, Bill Orcutt, Danny Haywood, Joel Grip, Brandon La Belle, Eddie Prevost, Steve Noble, Sebastian Lexer, Evan Parker and Otomo Yoshihide.
Seymour Wright’s work is about the creative, situated friction of learning, ideas, people and the saxophone – music, history and technique – actual and potential.
His solo work is documented on three widely-acclaimed collections - Seymour Wright of Derby (2008), Seymour Writes Back (2015) and Is This Right? (2017).
Current projects include: abaria with Ute Kanngiesser; [Ahmed] with Antonin Gerbal, Joel Grip and Pat Thomas; @xcrswx with Crystabel Riley; GUO with Daniel Blumberg; The Experimental Library with Evie Ward; XT with Paul Abbott; a trans-atlantic duet with Anne Guthrie, and, with Jean-luc Guionnet a project addressing an imaginary lacunae in Aby Warburg's Atlas Mnemosyne.
His writing has been published in C//A, Sound American and The Wire.
Evie Ward (b. London, 1993) is a poet and writer based in London. Her poetry has been published in Art Licks, SALT, and Cesura//Acceso. She often works collaboratively at the intersection of writing with music and art, having recently shared a site-specific poem in the 'Like A Sieve' group exhibition at Kupfer, and written a poem for '5AM' - a digital release on Takuroku with Ute Kanngiesser and field recordist Daniel Kordík.