Open Source presents OPEN SOUND, a series of fre live events exploring music subcultures and taking place on Gillett Square this summer.
SUNDAY 29 JULY
STEAM DOWN TAKEOVER
WONKY LOGIC + SAWA MANGA + PROJECT KARNAK FEAT. AHNANSE + DJS NADEEM (STEAM DOWN) & ALEX RITA (TOUCHING BASS)
Steam Down is an artist collective, weekly event and music community hailing from Deptford, SE London. Founded by Ahnanse in May 2017, it has grown and flourished into a something not easily replicated. Sometimes described as "church" other times described as "spiritual warfare training", the weekly staple gathering is an explosive vibe-athon!
On July 29th, the Steam Down family are taking over Gillet Square! Presenting some of exquisite artists that make up the collective, expect a full day of brilliant tunes and positive sweat.
Wonky Logic will open up the show with his bass driven sonic experimentations, showered with funky twists and melodic turns. Harking back to dub forefathers, his work switches up the vibe with aurally pleasing flourishes and boom bap configurations.
Shortly followed by Sawa-Manga, composed of beat wizard D'Vo and vocalist And Is Phi, whose set will take you through seasons, landscapes, time and space in an ethereal exploration of hip hop, sol, jazz and r&b.
Project Karnak will complete the live performances of the day with an extra-terrestrial voyage through sound, taking you closer to channelling some spirits from galaxies faraway. Their sound is spacey jazzy hip hop grooves that makes you move.
Keeping us grounded is Steam Down's resident DJ and vocalist, Alex Rita (Touching Bass), whose excellent selections will guide us between each performer and into a realm of sonic harmony.
SUNDAY 22 JULY
RAS AMARIS AND FRIENDS TAKEOVER
HAILE SELASSIE EARTHSTRONG CELEBRATION 2018
Ras Amaris and Friends will present live performances, DJs, African drumming, exhibitions of cultural clothing, jewelry art and natural food and drinks.
Join us to celebrate Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie, a defender of multiculturalism, human rights, equality and justice.
SATURDAY 14 JULY
COBY SEY + CARLA DAL FORNO (DJ) + CHERRYSTONES (DJ) + LORD TUSK (DJ)
Lord Tusk is a master producer, sound curator and connoisseur of unplayed and eclectic Audio Waves.
Gareth Goddard aka Cherrystones is a London born musician, DJ, compiler & music consultant whose body of work stretches from art installations, to his personal selections being placed in Hollywood movies as well as curating and programming avant garde and esoteric film seasons in Europe, his own compositions and productions have been applied and requested for such fashion campaigns as Adidas,Stone Island and Y.M.C amongst others.When he is not traveling the globe playing music as a Dj he is making music, editing /remixing or hard at work with projects that encompass his wide range of tastes in music which are heavily steeped in the cinematic, his passion for music is relentless and right from the heart which can be heard in the diversity of his selections for his acclaimed compilations over spanning nearly two decades.For Cherry' it's always renaissance not retro, the future is far too relevant and whilst happy to serenade the past with his wide selections he is equally at peace to woo the future. You can also hear him monthly on his local 7 year standing NTS radio show.
CARLA DAL FORNO
Carla dal Forno is an Australian singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, currently based in Berlin. She is a member of the groups F ingers and Tarcar, and formerly cult Melbourne outfit Mole House. Autumn 2016 sees the release of her debut solo album, You Know What It’s Like, on Blackest Ever Black.
Coby Sey is a vocalist, musician and DJ, who, after years spent buzzing around the DIY artist circuitry of South East London, has developed a distinctive presence as a performer and producer offering a shifting, disorienting vision of club music.
A long-time collaborator with Mica Levi, Tirzah, Babyfather, Klein and Kwes, Coby’s recorded work – as best evidenced on the Whities 010: Transport for Lewisham 10′′ – spans the realms of live instrumentation, sample-based productions and experimental music, melding recognisable motifs of hip hop, drone, jazz, grime and more into a dubbed-out anaesthesia. Live, these dreamlike compositions are imbued with a heavy, uneasy dancefloor energy, often abetted by live vocals as well as saxophone interjections c/o regular cohorts Ben Vince and Calderwood.
Coby’s open-door approach to sharing and making music stretches to his work with London collective Curl, who release records and host events with a collaborative, improvisatory approach, as well as a regular slot on NTS which offers a portal into his appealingly murky musical world.
SATURDAY 30 JUNE
NABIHAH IQBAL + BEN VINCE + LUCINDA CHUA X CY AN
LUCINDA CHUA X CY AN
Lucinda Chua is an artist and composer, her recent work includes a live cello session for Boiler Room's 4 : 3, a sound installation performance at Nottingham Contemporary gallery and the original soundtrack for the forthcoming feature documentary ZONA.
CY AN is an artist, writer and producer. His debut EP, described by Boomkat as "a highly impressive maiden solo voyage... lighting up heady noumenal space somewhere between 0PN and Visionist, or Arca and Kuedo" was released in 2017, alongside production credits and extensive touring with frequent collaborator FKA twigs and a solo Boiler Room set which introduced his dense out of body sound.
Lucinda and CY AN are friends and collaborators. They recently co-wrote music for Issue 3 of AVANTGarden magazine, concept by FKA Twigs and Oneohtrix Point Never. They will both be releasing their solo EPs later this year.
Ben Vince is a prolific saxophonist and composer who radically redefines the possibilities of the saxophone. Through extended technique, electronic processing and an open-eared approach to collaboration, Ben's work spans free improvisation, DIY and dancefloor scenes in strikingly original style. He is building a reputation as a one of a kind live force who can veer from propulsive, full blast skronk outs to acoustically responsive ambience and is always in tune with the energy of a space.
Releasing her debut album last year via Ninja Tune, Nabihah Iqbal leaves her old moniker behind and embraces the name she was born with. Formerly known as Throwing Shade, ‘Weighing of the Heart’ is a big statement in two ways: first, because she’s taken her real name to stand proudly as a female British Asian artist and secondly, because she’s moved her music in a bolder, more expansive direction.
OPEN SOUND is supported by Arts Council England, Hackney Council and the Vortex Foundation.