I am delighted to be playing there again: this night started off in Harlesden a couple of years ago in promoter Rebecca's large and beautifully funky front room. I played at a night where Ethiopian food was served, and a row of children sat on the stairs.
The event has grown and moved to Dalston Boys Club a couple of years ago, and now has yet another home.
This will be a special night, of the sort one doesn't normally come across in London.
In Rebecca's words:
As you enter the space, take your time to feast upon many a sculpture and installation – both material and living. Check out Romen Gouveia’s installation (and parallel universe) – where the worlds of perspex, paper, light, mirrors, architecture, nature, design, technology and photography live in harmony! Jeff O’Loughlin… Find artists Danielle Lee Williams & Alice Colley in ‘Rubbish Days’. Nagg and Nell from Beckett’s Endgame are to be found in tras bins. Join them in their tragic, farcical and comical attempts at contact and communication. Nag and Nell will be performing sometime ‘twixt 7.30 – 8.30pm, so be sure not to miss ‘em! Last but not least, seek out Jeff O’Loughlin’s sculpture and Naoko Tagai’s site-specific installation.
The performative evening will be introduced by Natali Castro Bass’s ‘Uvas para Baco’ – an absurd piece that pushes the boundaries of clowning and mime, creating a common space between performer and audience. We will then be treated to much in the way of ear, mind and soul tickling from various musicians – Singer songwriter Helen McCookerybook (who btw has the most extraordinary history – do check out her links!) will be playing us some of her new songs(www.reverbnation.com/helenmccookerybook/ www.mccookerybook.blogspot.com). Followed by Night & Fog - poised to launch their new album, The Stakes Have Never Been So Low. Combining the squalid grandeur of Why? and Arab Strap with the spectral songcraft of Lali Puna, this is electro-dreampop tinged with horror, like lullabies to a howling pederast in some blackened city(www.myspace.com/culturekampf). We then have guitarist/singer Stephano D'Silva (aka Full Hearts) and poet/percussionist Brother Niyi playing music from the heart and always from the start, with a mix of songs and poetry with deep hooks and beats.
Finally on the live music front, we have Widescreen – an epic Flamexicano, Latin, Eastern European and North African afrobeat fusion band! To keep your bodies grooving, DJ KAZUMBA will take you on a sonic journey across the continents with Tribal, African, Funk, Afrobeat, Roots, Balkan, Samba, Salsa rhythms and many more!
This month we will be raising funds for the Red Cross Tsunami appeal (www.www.redcross.org.uk/JapanTsunami). We’ll be charging the usual £5 at the door. As for food, we may have some Japanese finger food on offer for a reasonable suggested donation price! We love our contributors and want to keep them happy, therefore performances will follow a programme which will start at 8ish so feel free to get here any time from 7pm when doors open.
We will be at the Empowering Church – 1a Westgate st, E8 3RL. The nearest rail station is London Fields.