ASSEMBLY

14 - 18 NOVEMBER

LANCASTER ROOMS, SOMERSET HOUSE STUDIOS, LONDON

Individual Prices From £8 / Saturday Full Day Ticket, £30

Tickets on Sale Friday 10am: somersethouse.org.uk/whats-on/assembly

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Somerset House Studios presents ASSEMBLY, five days of sound and performance extolling the best in contemporary electronic and experimental music and the makers behind it. Bringing together Somerset House Studios resident artists, international talent and forward-thinking audiences, ASSEMBLY’s multi-disciplinary programme presents newly commissioned works alongside several first performances and UK premieres.

Building on the success of Studios’ 2017 Nocturnal City series, ASSEMBLY includes a series of new installation works and critical talks exploring themes from the role of internet culture in shaping modern sound, to the influence of London’s diverse cultural make up on burgeoning music scenes, with further details to be announced in October.

Highlights include:

  • Brand new commissioned works from Triangle Records artist and producer Vessel, cellist and composer Lucy Railton, and Studio residents Paul Purgas (Emptyset), Jennifer Walshe and Imran Perretta
  • London premiere of the new live show from acclaimed producer, composer and artist Gazelle Twin (aka Elizabeth Bernholz) marking the release of her highly anticipated new album Pastoral
  • UK debut of Berlin-based producer Lotic and American trained dancer Roderick George’s performance piece Embryogenesis, exploring the restrictions of assigning certain dance genres to specific racial groups or culture
  • Opening live performances from experimental artists Puce Mary (aka Frederikke Hoffmeier) and NAKED (aka Agnes Gryczkowska and Alexander Johnston) in the atmospheric underground spaces hidden beneath Somerset House
  • Special double-bill evening of live shows from critically acclaimed vocalist and producer Lafawndah and Hyperdub globalists Okzharp & Manthe Ribane 
  • Paris-based hybrid artist NSDOS (aka Kirikoo Des) residency with Studios residents Music Hackspace culminates in an exclusive live set and two-day workshop

LINE-UP HIGHLIGHTS

Rage: Puce Mary, NAKED (Final act to be announced)

14 November, 19.30-20.45, The Deadhouse, £12

ASSEMBLY opens with a live performance of extreme electronics, industrial noise and violent choral compositions in three acts, curated by Studios resident Agnes Gryczkowska, one half of London based experimental duo NAKED.   

Taking over the atmospheric underground space of The Deadhouse beneath Somerset House, Danish experimental artist and PAN records affiliate Puce Mary (aka Frederikke Hoffmeier) and NAKED (aka Agnes Gryczkowska and Alexander Johnston) will lead visitors through a series of intimate and confrontational performances charged with unsettling narratives, brutal emotions and power struggles of freedom and control between ourselves, loved ones and societal forces.

The evening will feature the London premiere of Puce Mary’s latest album The Drought - an experimental, industrial noise and sound collage exploring the internal struggles of adapting to new realities. 

The final act of the evening will be announced in October.

Lotic and Roderick George

15 November, 19.30-20.10 & 21.00-21.40, Lancaster Rooms, New Wing, £15

Berlin-based DJ & producer Lotic (aka J’Kerian Morgan) and classically trained dancer and choreographer Roderick George join ASSEMBLY for the UK debut of their latest collaborative performance piece, Embryogenesis.

Drawing upon George’s training in classical ballet and modern dance, and Lotic’s position as one of Berlin’s most original voices of avant-garde club music, Embryogenesis seeks to deconstruct stereotypical understandings of race and globalization by exploring the restrictions of assigning certain dance genres to specific racial groups and cultures.

The resulting performance investigates the potential of blurring boundaries between "high" and "popular" culture, setting classical and modern styles of dance to Lotic’s metallic dancefloor to create a jarring yet beautiful collision.

Gazelle Twin: Pastoral

16 November, 19.30-22.00, Lancaster Rooms, New Wing, £17

To celebrate the launch of her highly anticipated forthcoming album Pastoral, performance artist, composer and producer Gazelle Twin (Elizabeth Bernholz) headlines Friday night of ASSEMBLY with the first London show of her new electrifying performance.

Performing as the artist’s latest visual incarnation as a modern court jester of Neo-Nationalism colours and folkloric traditions to coincide with her latest album, Bernholz’s avant-garde, industrial-leaning yet gothic-inspired craft manifests in Pastoral, the artist’s first major release since the widely acclaimed LP UNFLESH in 2014. Utilising the artist’s exploration of dystopian themes through unconventional electronic production, Pastoral unpicks the idyllic vision of rural Middle-England to unearth England’s hidden past.

ULTRACHUNK: Jennifer Walshe and Memo Akten (with additional guests to be announced)

17 November, 16.00-17.30, Lancaster Rooms, New Wing, £8

Composer, performer and vocalist Jennifer Walshe and artist Memo Akten unveil their first collaborative work, ULTRACHUNK.

Created using a specifically designed neural network by Akten which has been ‘trained’ by Walshe with the data of recordings of solo vocal improvisations, visitors are invited to see Walshe perform live with the Artificial Intelligence as part of ASSEMBLY’s Saturday programme, questioning what it means to hear ‘your’ voice sung back to you through a filter of code.

Visitors can discover the creative process behind ULTRACHUNK in an interactive installation on show for the duration of ASSEMBLY.

ULTRACHUNK is supported by Case Foundation, which has generously funded a series of collaborations between Somerset House Studios artists.

AMRA (Paul Purgas & Imran Perretta) + NSDOS Live Performance

17 November, 18.30-20.00, Lancaster Rooms, New Wing, £8

Somerset House Studios residents and multi-disciplinary artists Imran Perretta and Paul Purgas present their new collaborative project, AMRA – an audio-visual performance incorporating electronic sound and analogue media, addressing South Asian identity and the deconstruction of cultural histories, commissioned by Somerset House Studios.

Joining the duo is Paris-based hybrid artist NSDOS (aka Kirikoo Des), whose practice involves taking materials such as old audio converters, Gameboy emulators and pieces of dismantled metal and using them to create futurist instruments and surreal machines to regenerate the sound of techno music. Performing in the UK for only the third time, NSDOS brings his unravelling of techno music's anatomy to the Studios, concluding his November residency with Studio based Music Hackspace.

NSDOS' residency is kindly supported by Le Bureau Export. AMRA is commissioned with the generous support of the Case Foundation.

Okzharp and Manthe Ribane + Lafawndah

17 November, 21.30-23.00, Lancaster Rooms, New Wing, £12

Hyperdub globalists Okzharp & Manthe Ribane and critically acclaimed vocalist and producer Lafawndah head up Saturday’s line-up  for a special double-bill.

Lafawndah joins ASSEMBLY with a new live performance, premiering new material and exploring the counterpoints between music, body and space in a bracing, sensual and imposing showcase of moving image and sound.

Following the release of two acclaimed, self-directed music videos (Tan and Ally), Lafawndah has continued to tour internationally, experimenting with the idea of a ‘seamless concert experience’, and gone on to collaborate with the likes of legendary Japanese percussionist and composer Midori Takada, filmmakers Partel Oliva, alt-R&B artist Kelela, as well as provide the runway soundtrack for Kenzo’s SS18 show in Paris.

Following the release of their debut album Closer Apart , Manthe Ribane and Okzharp bring their latest collaborative performance to ASSEMBLY.

Vessel + Lucy Railton

18 November, 19.30-22.30, Lancaster Rooms, New Wing, £12

The result of two-months in residence at Somerset House Studios, musician and producer Seb Gainsborough (aka Vessel) and composer and cellist Lucy Railton present an evening of newly commissioned works as part of ASSEMBLY’s Sunday double-bill.

Working collaboratively with a range of vocalists, Vessel presents a new performance of voices, percussion and electronics which aims to capture a brief moment of insanity, inspired by Clarice Lispector's novel'The Passion According to G.H' and recorded in the reverberant surroundings of Somerset House's former Rifle Range.

Composer and cellist Lucy Railton presents an extended set of original music, drawing upon her recent debut album Paradise 94 (Modern Love), as well as unveiling a new collaborative work with Studios’ artist and author of widely-praised zine Savage Messiah, Laura Grace Ford.

INSTALLATIONS

14-18 November, New Wing, Free

Weds, Thurs & Fri 11.00-20.00, Sat & Sun 10.00-21.00

Nozomu Matsumoto and Nile Koetting 

ASSEMBLY presents the first UK unveiling of Japanese producer Nozomu Matsumoto and artist Nile Koetting’s latest collaborative work - a fusion of AI vocals, strings and orchestral sounds - inspired by Matsumoto’s latest release Climatotherapy on The Death Of Rave.

SIREN 

Somerset House Studios’ Associate Artists SIREN, a female collective challenging preconceptions within dance music, presents The Shape of Sound, a video series of short performances showcasing the talent of six UK-based women and non-binary artists. Filmed in Somerset House’s atmospheric Deadhouse and River Rooms, the series features artists such as Iceboy Violet, Moonbow, MT Hall, MX World, Object Blue and rkss.

LINE-UP LISTINGS

WEDNESDAY 14 NOVEMBER:

Rage: Puce Mary, NAKED (Final act to be announced)

19.30-20.45, The Deadhouse, £12

THURSDAY 15 NOVEMBER:

Lotic and Roderick George

19.30-20.10 & 21.00-21.40, Lancaster Rooms, New Wing, £15

FRIDAY 16 NOVEMBER:

Gazelle Twin: Pastoral

19.30-22.00, Lancaster Rooms, New Wing, £17

SATURDAY 17 NOVEMBER:

Full Day Ticket, £30 (including talks to be announced in October)

ULTRACHUNK: Jennifer Walshe and Memo Akten (with additional guests to be announced)

16.00-17.30, Lancaster Rooms, New Wing, £8

AMRA (Paul Purgas & Imran Perretta) + NSDOS Live Performance

18.30-20.00, Lancaster Rooms, New Wing, £8

Okzharp and Manthe Ribane + Lafawndah

17 November, 21.30-23.00, Lancaster Rooms, New Wing, £12

SUNDAY 18 NOVEMBER, DOUBLE BILL:

Vessel + Lucy Railton

19.30-22.30, Lancaster Rooms, New Wing, £12.00

SATURDAY 17 NOVEMBER & SUNDAY 18 NOVEMBER:

Music Hackspace Weekend Workshop, £60

Day 1: 11.00-17.00, New Wing, G16

Day 2: 11.00-18.00, New Wing, G16

Whilst in residency with Music Hackspace, NSDOS hosts a two-day workshop inviting participants to create sounds and music through data generated by video-tracking and field recordings, focusing on how musicians capture, manipulate and perform data.

Further talks, performances and late-night DJ sets to be announced.

Somerset House is also grateful to PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund, The John S Cohen Foundation, British Council and Bowers & Wilkins for their support of ASSEMBLY.

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ABOUT SOMERSET HOUSE

Inspiring contemporary culture

One of the city’s most spectacular and well-loved spaces, Somerset House is a new kind of arts centre in the heart of London, designed for today’s audiences, artists and creatives – an inspirational community where contemporary culture is imagined, created and experienced.

From its 18th Century origins, Somerset House has played a central role in our society as a place where our culture and collective understanding of the world is shaped and defined. In 2000, it began its reinvention as a cultural powerhouse and home for arts and culture today, creating unique and stimulating experiences for the public, bringing them into direct contact with ideas from the greatest artists, makers and thinkers of our time. Our distinctive and dynamic year-round programme spans the contemporary arts in all its forms, from cutting-edge exhibitions and installations to annual festivals, seasonal events in the courtyard including Film4 Summer Screen, Summer Series and Skate, and an extensive learning and engagement programme.

As well as welcoming over 3million visitors annually, Somerset House houses the largest and most diverse creative communities in the country – from one-person start-ups to successful creative enterprises including MOBO, British Fashion Council, Dance Umbrella, Improbable Theatre, Hofesh Shechter Company, and Dartmouth Films.

In 2016 we launched Somerset House Studios – a new experimental workspace connecting artists, makers and thinkers with audiences. Currently housing over 80 artists and Makerversity (a community of over 250 emergent makers), the Studios are a platform for the development of new creative projects and collaboration, promoting work that pushes bold ideas, engages with urgent issues and pioneers new technologies. www.somersethouse.org.uk