Our first ever online show took place on Thursday 22nd October 2020!
Featuring the intricate and absorbing soundscapes of V Ä L V Ē, (led by composer and bassoonist Chlöe Herington, also of Knifeworld and Chrome Hoof), the stripped back loops of Sheffield duo Persona, and special guest Kunal Singhal, founder and promoter of legendary London promoters Chaos Theory, the show was a packed hour and a half of great music, live chat and the opportunity for watchers to ask their burning questions.
// V Ä L V Ē //
V Ä L V Ē originally started out as the outlet for composer/performer Chlöe Herington’s (Chrome Hoof, Knifeworld) compositional work using text and image as the starting point for scores. She collects sounds and diagrams, composing predominantly for bassoon, saxes, electronics and found sounds to explore synaesthetic memory and collective experience.
The band has morphed – from what originated as a solo project, performing mainly in art galleries, it grew to include Elen Evans on harp. After moving from galleries back into music venues, they were recently joined by Chlöe’s Chrome Hoof comrade, Emma Sullivan on bass, microkorg and vocals. Live, the music traverses the realms of noise and improv into songs, punctuated with found sounds and eases into spacey soundscapes. Highlights to date include having the honour of closing the Barn stage at Supernormal (2017) and, equally, being played by John Doran on BBC R3’s Late Junction.
// Persona //
Support comes from Sheffield’s Persona aka Raquel Vogl and Claire Williams, a ‘duo of guitar and voice with songs from the attic’. Raquel Vogl comes from Washington, DC/New York, where she was a dedicated participant of the long-standing experimental punk music communities there, playing in bands such as The Crainium, Legends, and Meltdown. Claire Williams (aka Myrtle) sang in the Canyon Family and Former Lover (with Dorian Cox of the Long Blondes). They are also one half of Sheffield ghost-pop/post-ghost punk band People Here.
// SPECIAL GUEST: Kunal Singhal from Chaos Theory //
Joining us for the chat and Q&A will be Kunal Singhal, founder of Chaos Theory, London based promoters of extraordinary and inventive underground music events. They celebrated their 10th birthday just before lockdown and he’ll be talking to us about what Chaos Theory are doing to weather the COVID storm and sharing some music that is floating his boat at the moment.
Thursday 22nd October 2020
7:30pm on Youtube Live
Thanks to our Scene Champion ticket buyers, we were able to make a donation of £280 to the Music Venue Trust #saveourvenues campaign.
This event was supported by funding from the Arts Council England Supporting Grassroots Live Music initiative.