Usurp Chance Tour – Cage and Beyond

Usurp Chance Tour – Cage and Beyond

Usurp Art Gallery presents two dynamic, ensemble performances, exploring perceptual concepts of chance, time, listening and humour, and the breadth and parameters of improvisational approaches in new music.

All the dates are sold out – we hope to bring you some more nights in the future – thank you for your support.

“Indeterminacy” was originally recorded in 1959, with John Cage reading aloud 90 stories, each lasting one minute. For this performance, Stewart Lee assumes Cage’s role accompanied by contemporary pianists, Tania Chen and Steve Beresford improvising on pianos and objects. “Humour and existentialist melancholy co-exist, perching on a knife-edge.” Gramophone.

“The Conspirators of Pleasure” featuring Poulomi Desai (augmented sitar), Simon Underwood (modified, toys + electronics) and Seth Ayyaz ( daaf + electronics), create improvised soundscapes, twisting technology and transforming organic sounds into eerie calls with intense waves of noise, pulsating rhythms and melancholic, lyrical interplay.

The performances draw upon contemporary narratives of, the role of the performer as composer; control, response and liberation in shared music-making, and, extricate the sonic and political potency of instruments, subaltern identities and recycled objects. For the Derby and London performances, The Conspirators of Pleasure will be joined by VJ, Reynir Hutber with live, sound-triggered visuals created by Reynir and Poulomi.

Produced by Usurp Art Gallery in partnership with Sound and Music. Programmed by Poulomi Desai.

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Tour Dates & Venues

15th March – 8.30pm
Format Festival – Quad
The Chocolate Factory, Derby
Sorry sold out
01332 290606

18th March  –  7.30pm
Ikon Gallery & Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
CBSO Centre, Birmingham
Sorry sold out
0121 345 0491

22nd March-8pm
The Cube, Bristol
Sorry Sold Out
0117 907 4190

25th March  –  8pm
Komedia Brighton
Sorry Sold Out
0845 293 8480

28th March-8pm
Rodewald Suite
Liverpool Philharmonic
Sorry Sold Out
0151 709 3789

26th April  –  8pm
Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich
Sorry Sold Out
01603 660352

8th May  –  8pm
Rich Mix, London
Sorry Sold Out
020 7613 7498