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Marcia Bassett Ignatz Oupire


6 October 2023    
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Bishops' House
Norton Lees Lane, Sheffield, S8 9BE, Sheffield, England, S8 9BE
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An evening of experimental electronica and weird folk with an audio visual slant
A collaboration between Sonido Polifonico and Sensoria.

Marcia Bassett

Marcia Bassett is a NYC-based musician, performer, and artist known for her innovative and unconventional approach to music.

Marcia combines sound and light to explore multidimensionality, meta patterns, and intricate relationship with time. Bassett’s latest work delves into the interconnectivity of all things through sound and light. Using modular synthesis and the transformative power of light and patterns, she creates intricate soundscapes that can transport listeners to altered states and otherworldly realms. Bassett will present an abstract video that blends contemporary digital technology with the timeless beauty of hand-manipulated super 8 films to create an immersive realm of light, color, patterns, and glitched images, accompanied by an improvised soundscape created in real-time.

Photo Credit -VeraMarmelo

In 1910, the illustrator George Herriman created the Krazy Kat comic strip. Ignatz, a vicious mouse, was Krazy Kat’s arch enemy, and his favourite pastime was to throw bricks at Krazy Kat’s head (who misinterpreted the mouse’s actions as declarations of love). Belgian artist Bram Devens uses Ignatz as his alter-ego, and comes armed with his own pile of bricks; sparse, emotive songs born of the human condition, wrapped in effects, corroded by tape, driven forth by improvisation and spontaneity.

Ignatz’s songs stem from a familiar stripped folk framework, with Devens’ delivery recalling the louche primitivism of V.U. or Henry Flynt – but these songs sound inverted, cast adrift, their cool touch belying a stymied heat beneath the surface. Where Devens’ fretwork is adorned, it is executed with a refined coarseness. Autonomous loops entwine each other. Songs brush past percussion, bass notes, or a scant keyboard motif. A voice recedes from the heart of the song into a dislocated, cracked drawl.

Photo by Silke Sarens


Oupire is a sonic collaboration between Dafydd Roberts (Blodeuedd/Alphane Moon ) and Johann Wlight, inspired by book artist Graeme Hobbs’s re-working of Sheridan Le Fanu’s 1872 vampire novella ‘Carmilla’; weaving skeins of extended spectral folk decay. Their performance will be ‘accompanied’ by an edited version of Carl Dreyers 1932 film ‘Vampyr.

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