Ka Baird (Drag City) & Diana Policarpo/Jejuno & Hack Mystic @ The Lexington, London [6 March]

Ka Baird (Drag City) & Diana Policarpo/Jejuno & Hack Mystic

19:30 - 23:00

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The Lexington
96-98 Pentonville Road, N1 9JB London, United Kingdom
Upset The Rhythm presents…

Tuesday 6 March
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, Angel, N1 9JB
7.30pm | £7 | wegottickets.com/event/427919

KA BAIRD is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist living and working in NYC. She is one of the founding and continuing members of the long running avant-psych project Spires That In The Sunset Rise. Described by Jack Rose as a «female Sun City Girls,» STITSR have contributed a different slant to the New Folk movement by incorporating various avant-garde and world music influences into their music. Their sound has been compared to the Raincoats, Meredith Monk, Comus and Harry Partch. Their most recent album «Beasts In The Garden» was described by Marc Masters as «some kind of long-lost Terry Riley/Angus MacLise collaboration, equally devoted to divine repetition and center-seeking ritual.» Since 2001, they have released eight full length records and several side releases.

Since relocating to NYC in November 2014, Baird has set off in numerous directions apart from Spires with new collaborations as well as honing in on her own solo work. Her current work explores piano improvisation, electroacoustic interventions, extended vocal techniques, physical movement, and her unusual electronic manipulation of the flute. She released an album of piano improvisations through Brooklyn label Perfect Wave «See Sun Think Shadow» in November of 2015 and a tribute record «A Love Supreme» dedicated to John Coltrane through Chicago label No Index in January of 2016. Most recently Baird released ’Sapropelic Pycnic’ through Drag City described as a possession, a catharsis, a transformation; an act of physical consumption, a much needed sacred gesture.

DIANA POLICARPO & JEJUNO will collaborate on a piece for this concert. In a career defined by exploration, Sara Rafael AKA Jejuno and Diana Policarpo AKA Poly Garbo are still pushing themselves to discover new sounds through improvisation. They are Lisbon/London/Vienna based artists and will perform a unique set as a electronics/drums duo. Unpredictable beats, abstract noise, celestial synths and vocal swirls, to form an act not easily classifiable but entirely addictive.

HACK MYSTIC makes broken devotional music built from layers of doomy lounge guitar and cheap drones. Their music occupies a shadowy space between jazz and drone, swamped in tape hiss and fusing elements of Grouper and Actress with the soundtrack work of Angelo Badalamenti and Ennio Morricone. Live, hack mystic creates improvised guitar loops laden with reverb and delay, as tender as they are unsettling. 'openwork', their first EP, was released on cassette by Buried in Space in 2017.
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