John Butcher on BBC Radio 3 + Concerts

22 October - 29 November 2014

LJF – Purcell Room – 14 Nov Cafe Oto – 28/29 Nov BBC Radio 3 – 22 Oct at 23:00.  2 solo performances – and in conversation.

Audio Art Festival 2014. Krakow, Poland

Sunday 12 October 2014

More info: Audio Art is an experimental and postmodernist art of the close of XX century and the beginning of the XXI century. Audio Art is an integration of sound and visual arts. Presentation of Audio Art appears in form of the concert, performance and installation. Audio…  Read More

Restart Party

Saturday 20 September 2014

The Rubbish Diet Hub, Townsend House,160 Northolt Road, South Harrow, HA2 0EG Want to share your repair skills or learn how to fix? Usurp Art is joining forces with Rubbish Diet to bring you another Restart Party in Harrow.  All welcome – bring things that need fixing!  This is an…  Read More

Usurp performing in Newhaven Fort at Fort Process

Saturday 13 September 2014

Poulomi Desai is creating a new performance based installation, exploring the acoustic textures of the structure of the fort. Her modified sitar will “sing” a tribute to the remarkable engineering history of the fort and lament the continual lust for war and invasion. Fort Process draws together multi-disciplinary sound expressions…  Read More

Usurp at Supernormal Festival 2014

8 - 10 August 2014

Usurp will be at Supernormal Festival again this year creating the “Toy Arkestra” – an ecstatic musical fusion of Sun Ra and noise-making toys. Supernormal is a festival like no other, providing a powerful antidote to the current malaise of festivals-as-big-business. Blurring the boundaries between art and music, performer…  Read More

Conspirators of Pleasure performance at The Optophonic Festival

Saturday 26 July 2014

“Conspirators of Pleasure” (Poulomi Desai and Simon Underwood) will be joined by Lorah Pierre who creates her own musical and optikinetic instruments in a dynamic improvised performance. More information about “Conspirators of Pleasure”: The OptoPhonic Workshop – a day of participatory workshops and exploratory performances combining…  Read More

Usurp’s “PhonoPollock” commission at The Optophonic Workshop – Tramlines Fringe Festival

Saturday 26 July 2014

What might have Jackson Pollock’s canvas sounded like while he thrust, dripped and splattered paint on it? Using a variety of paints and a large stretched sonic canvas, the Conspirators of Pleasure (Poulomi Desai and Simon Underwood) will lead a workshop to find out. Visitors will become performers, the…  Read More

Usurp at Cafe Oto

Saturday 14 June 2014


The Conspirators of Pleasure at Clandestino Festival June 2014

Thursday 5 June 2014

The Conspirators of Pleasure are booked to perform at this summer’s amazing Clandestino Festival in Gothenburg Sweden. “With an electrified sitar, effects units, laptops, random toys in yellow and pink plastic, old radios and a massive knot of cables to connect everything, The Conspirators of Pleasure improvises peculiar sessions that…  Read More

Strange Umbrellas at The Tin Tabernacle

Saturday 31 May 2014

12-16 Cambridge Avenue, Kilburn, London NW6 5BA This one is a bit special at The Tin Tabernacle in Kilburn. The Tabernacle is the sea cadets’ home in north west London. Built in 1863, it is a Grade II listed building and, as anyone who has visited it will tell you,…  Read More