An evening of two dynamic, ensemble performances: John Cage’s Indeterminacy performed by Stewart Lee (reader) Steve Beresford and Tania Chen (piano and objects) and The Conspirators of Pleasure – an improvisational group with Poulomi Desai (augmented sitar), Simon Underwood (modified toys and electronics) and Seth Ayyaz (daaf, ghaita and electronics).
Cage’s Indeterminacy is a box of 90 cards of 90 stories of different lengths, and a leaflet of instructions: “Read the stories aloud, with or without accompaniment, paced so that each takes one minute. A stop-watch or watch with a second hand will help keep time. Read all 90 stories in order or select a smaller number, using chance procedures or not”. Beresford and Chen improvise on prepared pianos and found objects while Lee reads Cage’s stories in a random order.
The Conspirators of Pleasure create live, improvised, soundscape compositions using unusual, modified and self-made instruments, using technology to transform organic sounds into intense waves, structured pulsating rhythms and lyrical interplays.
Humour and existentialist melancholy co-exist, perching on a knife-edge.
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CBSO Centre is equipped with adapted toilet facilities, key signposting in Braille and the hall is fitted with an infra-red amplification system (receivers are available on request). Limited free parking can be arranged on request.
Access to CBSO Centre’s concert hall, bar and toilets is all flat, with no steps or ramps. The hall configuration is flexible, meaning we can accommodate specific seating requests.
Guide dogs are very welcome at BCMG concerts. You can either keep them with you in the auditorium during the concert or event, or we will be happy to look after your dog for you in the foyer while you enjoy the performance.