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MATT CALVERT - TYPEWRITTEN
A man of many talents, composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Matt Calvert has been dazzling us for more than a decade with his trio Three Trapped Tigers and other projects and collaborations. Typewritten is his first solo outing, an all acoustic, electronic-inspired album which came out out in October 2019.
He says: “With both Typewritten and Three Trapped Tigers, the focus is on sound and the influence of electronic music on traditional instruments. Especially with all the percussive elements, here we asked what typically ‘electronic’ sounds can we recreate acoustically? Ultimately I wanted to find a sound distinct from what people typically imagine when the word ‘acoustic’ is mentioned, whether that is a jazz quartet, string quartet, a folk singer or various ‘world’ styles.”
Matt has assembled 10+ piece band to manifest these intricate, beautiful compositions. Expect impressive musicianship, highly sensitive ensemble playing and a spell-binding sound shimmering and dancing around the unique acoustics of the Earthouse.
MAD MAD MAD
The three French musicians first met in a studio in Tottenham (North London) and started jamming and recording several tracks filled with excitable rhythm. Following a sold out, self-released EP ‘PAX’ in September 2017 and radio plays by the likes of Erol Alkan and Gilles Peterson, they’ve been signed to influential publisher J.I.M./Ninja Tune and are ready to release their first full length album in 2019.
Their live set is an utterly mad, loopy, and alien blend of cold disco, early 2000’s electro, Krautrock and New York Noise using a combination of live and electronic instruments. After a storming live show at the Transmusicales in front of 3,000 people they’re now ready to hit the road.
They say: “MAD MAD MAD is an expression of our individual alienations and our mental disorder as a society. Which one feeds the other is a mystery. It is where we can be weird and wacky, dark and funny, free to transform our alienations into something we can escape and dance to.”
Eleni Era is a Cyprus-born, Berlin-based pianist, singer and choir leader. As of March 1st 2019, she can add songwriter to this list, with the release of her debut album Rise Love.
Eleni says of her music: “The album is confessional, a lot of these songs have been written during sleepless nights. I find salvation in heading to the piano, humming through a melody at 3 am, waiting for the words to come out so that I can listen to what they have to say. It helps me understand myself and I heal in the process.”
Eleni trained as a classical concert pianist, performing in concert halls around Germany and in venues like the Konzerthaus Berlin and the Kammersaal der Philharmonie Berlin. She also conducts the Berlin State Choir for girls. Eleni sings in both English and her native Greek and brings equal grace and conviction in both, while her musical skill on piano shines through in an assured yet understated way. There is a contemporary edge to her sound with the addition of synthesizer textures and looping techniques, partly reflecting the influence of her friend and collaborator, Cypriot producer Lefteris Moumtzis.
CLARE MURPHY - UNIVERSE
A mathematician finds a gift from a god. Blacksmiths beat out the music of the spheres. And why are there turtles everywhere? Where does myth meet science? Is it only in the middle of the night when we half wake and half sleep? In this timeless place of wonder and insight, time stretches and a fissure opens that builds a dream bridge between many worlds…
Performance storyteller Clare Murphy dances into this liminal space; merging myth, deities, science and a hefty amount of turtle, in a playful exploration of the beginnings of the universe.
Josh Geffin is a folk singer-songwriter from Dorset now based in London, whose masterful guitar playing and poetic lyrics have enchanted audiences since the 2000s. He has performed
at Royal Albert Hall, South Bank Centre and Barbican Centre.
Geffin has released four records including an EP of traditional folk songs and his latest, the meditative instrumental album Hum & Glow. With songs that explore the intricacies of the human condition and find solace in nature, his heartfelt singing has been likened to John Martyn and his dextrous fingerpicking to Bert Jansch.
“Simply beautiful ... full of acoustic grandness” Maverick Magazine
“A fine new voice in an honourable British tradition of folk-based singer-songwriters” RnR magazine
“Remarkable depth and gravity” Bright Young Folk
“A welcome and sensitive breath of fresh folk air” Sam Lee
HENRY KEEN (DJ set)
Keeping things ticking over between the live performances and sending us rolling home on the night will be our very own Henry Keen (Soundspecies / Electric Jalaba / The Room Below). Selecting the most interesting, tasteful and appropriate music for every phase of the evening.