Friday 18th December 2015 at 19.30pm
Our final “new music” gig of the year. Sieben is the one-man, violin-looping work of Matt Howden. He beats, plucks, tickles and layers voice and violin. MJR Festival in Lithuania recently gave this rather nice description, saying Sieben is “bringing us driving rhythms, vocals as intense visions and charming landscapes, loop by loop building a shining starway over the Abyss, to our dreams.”
Under his own name Howden releases instrumental works of varied styles; as 7JK, electronica meets violin and vocals; with rasp, looped cello and violin combine seemlessly, mixing ambience, mood, and just a little drive.
Support is local artist frostlake, a female songstress/instrumentalist whose songs are distinctive soundscapes with haunting melodies, layered vocals and unusual percussive sounds. Her newly released CD White Moon, Black Moon (Discus) is described as “airy.. fragile.. beautiful.. atmospheric.. ethereal.. ghostly” by Achim Breiling, Babyblaue Seiten and “has a sense of cold, stillness and mystic beauty, like forest pond in midwinter” by Neil Nixon – author of 500 Albums You Won’t Believe Until You Hear Them. frostlake is joined for this performance by trusty laptop and bassist Terry Todd.
A former member of Sheffield bands as diverse as Typhoon Saturday, Dig Vis Drill, They Must Be Russians and the Comsat Angels, Nick Robinson 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 is half of the “Lost Garden” duo, who have a CD “Cotyledon” out now.
Tickets cost £6 and are limited due to the size of the venue, so early booking is advised. Tickets available here