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 three-piece collective based in Glasgow. Obscured melodies and minimal song structures are suffused with light and silence. Shambling rhythms, pulsing chords, and lilting vocals undulate sincerely between sound, space, and the haptic.
Following the eponymously-titled EP in 2016 with GLARC, they are to release 'Assemblages' in mid-June, before playing dates around the UK and Europe. In October they will begin a construction and movement-based collaborative residency with Gordon Bruce (GLARC) and Thomas Leyland-Collins (TLC Sound System) at the CCA, Glasgow, following on from their exhibition ‘Talk To The Barking Dogs’ at The Pipe Factory, Glasgow.
Nisha Ramayya’s poetry pamphlets Notes on Sanskrit (2015) and Correspondences (2016) are published by Oystercatcher Press. Her writing can be found in Ambit, Datableed, Litmus, Poetry London, The White Review, and Zarf. She is a member of the ‘Race & Poetry & Poetics in the UK’ research group and she teaches Poetic Practice and Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London.
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 – saxophonist, investigator, artist – lives in London. His practice is about the saxophone – music, history and technique – actual and potential; an on-going, rigorous and exhaustive exploration of the instrument. The energy of this learning is applied to various collaborations and contexts to access/share what he has called the ‘awkward wealth of investigation’. His work is documented on three widely acclaimed self-released collections Seymour Wright of Derby (2008), Seymour Writes Back (2015) and Is This Right? (2017).
As well as XT, his current collaborations include lll人 (with Daichi Yoshikawa and Paul Abbott), abaria (with Ute Kanngiesser), [Ahmed] (with Antonin Gerbal, Joel Grip and Pat Thomas), GUO (with Daniel Blumberg), S.T.E.P.S. (with Evie Ward), an on-going ‘quartet’ collaboration with Paul Abbott, Cara Tolmie and Will Holder, and, a trans-atlantic collaboration with Anne Guthrie.
Evie Ward is a poet, writer and artist, from and based in London (b.1993). Her writing is mud-swelling, realising/releasing an investigative vernacular practice that evolves in collaboration with others. Ward's poetic practice addresses modes of instinctual synaesthetic response to materials, sound & listening, to technologies of communication - the written visual/the written listen, and the statics, simulacra and limits of the written form. She has so far read/performed her work in Sweden and the UK, and as S.T.E.P.S (a live-writing duo with Seymour Wright) in Italy and the UK. She has one book 'Whilst Listening in Paris and London', and one open collection of poetry: 'esw' which has no fixed content. Her poem 'Circles' about Cecil Taylor's 'Unit Structures', can be found in Cesura/Acceso journal. She also sometimes writes reviews.