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Juxtavoices

Category: Events Published on 13 April 2018 Nick Robinson
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Sunday 15th July 2018 
4pm

Sheffield's groundbreaking antichoir, Juxtavoices, have created a new piecewritten specifically for Bishops' House. For this composition, Juxtavoices will be using the actual fabric of the building and its mysterious sounds and spaces in order to create an unforgettable sonic experience for the audience - we can't tell you exactly what we're going to do, that would spoil it!

We will be previewing the piece in a brief performance at 3pm, while the house is still open to the public, and then again at 4pm with some extra material.

Juxtavoices is an anti-choir of 25 mostly untrained voices whose repertoire includes members' own compositions and arrangements of classic modernist poems and found texts. The scores provide structure but freedom of pitch allows improvisation to shape the detail so that no two performances are ever the same. Audiences are unfailingly surprised by the Juxtavoices sound. Some try to name-check composers in the avant-garde tradition but none quite fit. Some shudder at the dark theatricality, some hear the humour, some are outraged while others feel an irresistible urge to join the ranks. This is singing on the edge of not-singing or vice versa, a music only previously heard in a sound-poet's dreams. The group enjoys unusual acoustic spaces - furnace floor or bear pit or library stairwell - as well as churches and more conventional concert venues. It hopes to create a chord which will startle the ghost of Thomas Tallis. Directed by Martin Archer and Alan Halsey Juxtavoices uniquely combines the outer reaches of improvised music and innovative poetry.

Admission free

James Ewan Tait & Robbie Thompson

Category: Events Published on 08 July 2018 Nick Robinson
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Tuesday 7th August 2018
7.30pm

Pigeon Hands present the hometown date on James Ewan Tait and Robbie Thompson's August tour, the rest of which will be announced shortly. Come and join James and Robbie for a special homecoming show in the stunning 500 year old, half-timbered Bishop's House, nestled at the top of Meersbrook Park.

Robbie Thompson
Post-industrial troubadour known for the transportational power of his vivid imagery.

“In his solo work, Robbie Thompson takes several steps back from the Buffalo Skinners’ full-bodied, rumbling storytelling and instead uses songs to pick out moments, giving them room to breathe… Thompson's vocals are striking, a very old voice bristling with fresh emotion."
- Now Then Magazine

"Utterly beautiful" - BBC Introducing

Last summer Thompson released a stripped down collection of his solo material, recorded at Yellow Arch studios:
https://robbiethompson1402.bandcamp.com

James Ewan Tait
Experimental songwriter noted for his unmistakable croon, and deeply personal delivery.

“Like all the best vocalists, Tait allows his voice to become strained and cracked with emotion as he reaches the highs and lows of expression... proving beyond doubt that Tait can master the whole spectrum of honest emotion.”
– Now Then Magazine

“This remarkable songwriter is producing some uniquely enjoyable music.”
- Pink Wafer

Last autumn Tait’s debut EP, recorded with his producer and a selection of local musicians, was released on Tait’s own nascent Pigeon Hands label. https://jamesewantait.bandcamp.com/

Advance tickets are £5 (+£1.10 booking fee) from here.  Booking fees go to charity.

£6 on the door, but please be aware that there is limited capacity. BYOB

DAS RAD / freelake

Category: Events Published on 20 May 2018 Nick Robinson
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Thursday 27th September 2018
8pm

The Circuit is a rolling residency around four towns organised by musicians based in Todmorden, Leeds, Sheffield & Derby. As part of their Autumn tour they will be visiting Bishops' House

DAS RAD is a trio consisting of:

Nick Robinson
A former member of Sheffield bands as diverse as Typhoon Saturday, Dig Vis Drill, They Must Be Russians and the Comsat Angels, Nick has for many years offered a range of soundscapes and other looping guitar pieces. Using just the guitar and a laptop, he takes you via the power of improvisation to distant planets. Nick most recent release is "Cotyledon" with his "Lost Garden" duo.
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Martin Archer
Following an early career with 1980s jazz punk pell mellers Bass Tone Trap, followed by the fondly remembered and widely gigged Hornweb Sax Quartet, Martin disappeared into the recording studio for 15 years in 1994, from where he produced a series of highly acclaimed albums for his own Discus imprint. In recent years, as well as forging a several album creative partnership with veteran vocalist Julie Tippetts, Martin currently works with avant rock groups Orchestra of the Upper Atmosphere and Combat Astronomy, 35 voice experimental music choir Juxtavoices,and most recently ten piece jazz group Engine Room Favourites, in which Martin revisits his AACM roots.
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Steve Dinsdale
Steve Dinsdale plays keyboards and drums in the leading British electronic trio Radio Massacre International, who have released a plethora of albums over the last 20 years and played concerts in both Europe and America. He is also a member of Orchestra of the Upper Atmosphere and Engine Room Favourites, and has several solo albums to his name.

Broadly inspired by the Krautrck and related improvisational electronic music genres, this gig will be the first following the release of the group's debut CD.

 

Freelake - Instrumental experiments in a wide sonic landscape exploring the possibilities of electronics, rhythm and sounds with live playing and improvisation. This solo project by 'frostlake' takes a cross genre journey using Ableton,Korg analogue synthesizers and Wave-drum with electro-acoustic instruments eg. bowed bass guitar, Celtic harp, Lute harp. The results are an eclectic mix of transforming atmosphere and melody, taking surprising directions. 'frostlake' is a spectral psych-folk artist, having released an album White Moon, Black Moon on Discus Music. She is a core member of Orchestra Of The Upper Atmosphere and performs with Juxtavoices.

£5.00 in advance, £6.00 on the door

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