Celebrate the launch of UKYA City Takeover at Nottingham’s state of the art music venue. Performing live will be Three Body Trio (Running Circle) who harness hardware, software and live instrumentation to bring a deep electronic groove charged with the spirit and spontaneity of jazz. UKYA artist TrueMendous is one of the UK’s most promising MCs and poets and will be bringing her energy and skills to the party. DJing on the night will be UKYA artist Benjamin Kay (Dizzy Ink) and UKYA Music Producer, Ex-Friendly (Truth & Lies Music).
Explore Nottingham with UKYA as we support this important and vibrant city event. A range of family-friendly installations, performances and happenings will illuminate the city. UKYA Artists will be throughout the city centre and Sneinton Market with music, projections, dance and digital arts.
Acclaimed Notts MC, lyricist, beatmaker (and chef!) Juga-Naught will be hosting a firing cypher/jam of beats, bars, basslines and passionate wordsmiths including super-talented UKYA artists TrueMendous and Jordon the Ego with more to be announced. UK hip hop legend Joe Buhdha will be DJ for the evening.
An evening of performers that defy definition. Live hip hop whilst painting, gentle acoustic playing interrupted by spoken word, a barrage of electronic beats and glitches, everyday tales of getting in and out of trouble...sounds like a Saturday in the legendary Rough Trade. Jordon the Ego, The Fine Art Rascal, CHAOS LOL and Douglas Savage will be live and very direct.
A perfect double bill for Sunday. Nottingham's Camille Christel has been getting strong BBC Radio support for her recent recordings and will be giving an intimate performance of her exquisite songs. Spanish trio Rey Lobo (led by Victor Hernández) will be exploring the tranquility of the Spanish guitar, the poetry of the lyrics paired with experimental and electronic music arrangements in a performance they title “Muralla”.
Josh Leach’s synesthesia enables him to ‘see’ sound, so as Diggery, he will be ‘drawing’ live to UKYA alumni Think Thomas’ freestyle electronics. In BodySonics, Monica Tolia’s performance explores agency of the moving body in the machinic soundscape. Wilderness Hymnal’s live performances focus on transporting audiences and fostering an intense emotional connection through dynamic, immersive sound, projection and costume. Modern-day, queer shaman Oberon White takes us on a journey into the mysteries of history’s suppressed queer deity, Dionysos. Through a language of experimental electronic music, virtuosic vocals and original text, audiences are participants in a communal experience.
A special performance from one of UKYA’s first alumni. A unique musical experience inspired by Maurice Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand featuring world- renowned concert pianist Nicholas McCarthy. Infamous pianist Paul Wittgenstein commissioned Ravel to write him a concerto after he lost his right arm during the First World War. The assassin that triggered that conflict, Gavrilo Princip, was kept in shackles in prison in Terezin, his withered arm tied up with piano wire, fading into the snow.
Three films from music and sound artists. Josh Leach’s films have focused on revisiting childhood memories. He has devised a creative process he calls 'Memory-Diving' and will be hosting a discussion alongside his film screening. Conor O’Mara explores the fictional world of Douglas Savage and invites you to follow his ongoing story afterwards. Ruth Spencer Jolly’s film European Unison is a musical performance intervention which took place on the eve of triggering Article 50 in 2017. A film of this event portrays the performance of 28 pianists, gathered to represent the members of the European Union, playing out the history of the EU from its birth to Brexit on 28 pianos in one room.
A triple bill of powerful female artists whose haunting music and lyricism intersect the worlds of folk, alt-pop, poetry and classical themes. Solo turns from Grace Tower and Asthmatic Harp (Hannah Fredsgaard-Jones) will be followed by Keto and her full band, set in one of the city's newest and most evocative venues.
South Korea’s Red Pig Flower is a Berlin based video & sound artist as well as a techno DJ, musician and producer. Trained in four-dimensional time-based art at the prestigious Central Saint Martins in London, she has also been pursuing a serious DJ career with bookings at famous nightclubs across the globe, from London to Berlin to Tokyo and beyond. For this performance at Metronome, Red Pig will be creating a conceptual sound show, utilising her DJ skills to explore ‘techno as a ritual’.
M-Flute is an audiovisual performance that uses an electronically modified flute; with sensors that read light, motion and inclination to manage digital audio and video in real time. The dynamic audiovisual performance consists musical improvisation, remediated live through shapes, lines and points projected on a screen. Filippo Gualazzi (visuals), Alessia Damiani (electronics), Alessia Lorrai (M-Flute)
Simone Sims Longo is a composer and performer of electronic music. He is interested in creating and processing sound in the digital domain, focused on timbre exploration with different techniques: physical modelling synthesis, sound granulation, FM synthesis, signal processing and digital deconstruction of concrete sounds. Numerous are his live-sets dedicated to the dancefloor exploring techno, experimentation and the most advanced part of club music. Simone will be presenting a highly dynamic and immersive audio-visual performance.