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John Cale (2018-1964): A Futurespective

John Cale (2018-1964): A Futurespective

Mar 9, 7:30pm - Mar 9, 10:30pm+1Mar 10, 7:30pm - Mar 10, 10:30pm

Barbican Centre
Barbican Centre, Silk Street
London,  EC2Y 8DS Map

Nimbly navigating both the Experimental and Pop worlds, John Cale performs a career-spanning set with help from the London Contemporary Orchestra.

Since before his time as the Velvet Underground’s Avant-Gardist-in-residence, Cale has been a totally uncompromising artist, embracing manifold musical approaches across his remarkable career. Tonight, joined by the LCO and the House Gospel Choir, he's exploring the enormous scope of his musical output; playing selections from the Velvet Underground, the proto-minimalist songs of The Dream Syndicate – his collaboration with La Monte Young and others – and the richly enigmatic music from his landmark solo albums.

His is a difficult career to summarise succinctly – who else could have collaborated with both Terry Riley and the Happy Mondays? He’s a Classical composer and Pop genius; virtuosic violist and vitriolic Rock’n’Roller; moody Drone artist and pastoral Welsh songwriter.

Produced by the Barbican in association with Convergence
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Ben Frost + Visionist at Heaven

Ben Frost + Visionist at Heaven

Mar 16, 7:00pm - Mar 16, 11:00pm

Heaven - London
Under The Arches
London,  WC2N 6NG Map

Ben Frost brings new album 'The Centre Cannot Hold' to Heaven, London. Support comes from Big Dada/Ninja Tune's elusive experimentalist Visionist.

Born in 1980 in Melbourne, Australia, Ben Frost relocated to Reykjavík Iceland in 2005. Working closely with friends Valgeir Sigurðsson and Nico Muhly, he formed the Bedroom Community record label/collective. His albums, including Steel Wound (2003), Theory of Machines (2007) and BY THE THROAT (2009), A U R O R A (2014), V A R I A N T (2014) fuse intensely structured sound art with militant post-classical electronic music, shape-shifting physical power with immersive melody, concentrated minimalism with fierce, rupturing metal. This sees a special audio-visual show in collaboration with esteemed artist Marcel Webber (MFO), which features a special and highly creative production that is a stunning live show, following the release of Ben's new album "The Centre Cannot Hold".

In 2017 Visionist returns with new album Value, released via Big Dada / Ninja Tune. It explores complex interweaving ideas of artistic value and self-worth, while building on the distinct sound of previous releases. The project also features creative collaborations with influential Belgian artist Peter De Potter – on the album artwork and zine and Daniel Sannwald on the artist shots. For his live shows he will be accompanied by Film-maker and A/V artist Pedro Maia. Maia is known for his specific interest in working with analog film and addressing image by analysing the beauty of its patina and how it fades away as it’s doubly temporal substrate. The visuals will be achieved in collaboration with Teri Varhol, whose interest in chaos and absurdity results in work that is original, disturbing and surreally beautiful.

An RFB presentation as part of Convergence 2018.
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Kamaal Williams | Village Underground

Kamaal Williams | Village Underground

Mar 22, 7:30pm - Mar 22, 11:00pm

Village Underground
54 Holywell Lane
London,  EC2A 3PQ Map

Kamaal Williams is the latest project led by prolific South London artist Henry Wu.

As the mastermind behind Yussef Kamaal, Wu released a landmark album for British jazz with 2016's Black Focus. This latest collective continues the tradition of fusing jazz with the sound of urban London, with a live show that captures all the raw energy for which Wu has become known.

The ensemble features Josh McKenzie aka McKnasty on drums, a formidable force who was playing and touring with acts such as Dennis Rollins and Robert Glasper from the age of 17 and Pete Martin on Bass, an original member of Courtney Pine's infamous line up in the late 90's. With shows at Glastonbury and Koko, as well as worldwide festival appearances behind them, the band have already become an in- demand outfit in their own right.

The idea was formed after Wu and McKenzie, who'd first gigged together in 2010, played a show in Belgium in 2017. After a long hiatus and without any rehearsal, the pair instantly reignited a spark which inspired the creation of the ensemble, and the album '2.0' soon followed.

A Convergence + Metropolis Music presentation
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SOLD OUT: Charlotte Gainsbourg

SOLD OUT: Charlotte Gainsbourg

Mar 29, 7:30pm - Mar 29, 11:00pm

Village Underground
54 Holywell Lane
London,  EC2A 3PQ Map

SOLD OUT

From the first steps to the first words, to the first kisses … Life is made of first times that lead to a series of last times, Charlotte Gainsbourg speaks about herself in her latest album Rest.

An uncompromising self ­portrait, acclaimed by the international press, as one of 2017's best albums, the album is produced by SebastiAn, from the label Ed Banger, his background in electronic music accorded with Charlotte’s desire for a sound with a disquieting, mechanistic edge. After having been surrounded in the past by Beck’s musicians, on Coachella’s stage and around the world, and then Connan Mockasin a few years later, Charlotte Gainsbourg is back on stage at Village Underground as part of Convergence 2018.

Tickets on sale Friday at 10am HERE.

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Simian Mobile Disco with Deep Throat Choir + Fatima Al Qadiri

Simian Mobile Disco with Deep Throat Choir + Fatima Al Qadiri

Apr 4, 8:00pm - Apr 4, 11:00pm

Barbican Centre
Barbican Centre, Silk Street
London,  EC2Y 8DS Map

Witness a dialogue between human and machine as electronic duo Simian Mobile Disco and singing collective Deep Throat Choir perform from their forthcoming collaborative album Murmurations as part of Convergence 2018.

Since their acclaimed 2007 debut Attack Decay Sustain Release, Simian Mobile Disco – producer duo James Ford and Jas Shaw – have explored almost every avenue of modern Techno over 5 albums and multiple singles and EPs, from experimental excursions to dancefloor bangers. For this one-off performance, they return to traditional song-based structures, melding their mastery of their machinery with uproarious vocals of Hackney’s all-female Deep Throat Choir. Something that’s both organic and synthetic.

Support comes from Berlin-based Kuwaiti conceptual artist and composer Fatima Al Qadiri's new project, entitled Ja7eem, meaning 'hell-fire' in Arabic. Fatima’s work touches upon themes of socio-cultural identity, war and memory: this 35-minute live AV set, with visuals by Emmanuel Baird, explores the theme of hell-fire using archive footage of burning oil fires during the First Gulf War.

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