Dec 2016 – Mar 2017
A fun couple of months bouncing around with four different pieces. Who is Raymond? happened at Manchester’s wonderful Wonder Inn; thanks to Vitalija Glovackyte for the invitation! It also happened at New York University’s Waverly Project as part of ACM ensemble’s residency there, and again with Kinder Meccano at Casa del Popolo in Montreal; thanks to Noam Bierstone and his NO HAY BANDA series, and all of the marvellous audiences.Together, ACM and I gave Fleck Flob Flop its US premiere at National Sawdust in New York, which was every bit the great show we hoped it would be. Thanks to everybody who came out and was a part of making it that, also to Nico Muhly, Courtenay Casey, and Katie Jones for looking after us so amazingly, and to Michael Cutting and Vitalija Glovackyte for being game. And to Robbie Gardiner (below) for playing clarinet like a boss with lips bloody from the cold.
Herr Andreas Dzialocha put out this very special record on Hyperdelia, the new label he’s running with point man Malte Kobel, and it was my great pleasure to test run some new material at their launch party at the very red Roter Salon in Berlin. Some sounds for your perusal:
Finally, after Aldeburgh Music (May) and Café Oto (December), The House of Bedlam gave Disappointment & Small Relief (Hospital Scenes) its third outing at the Leggate Theatre, erstwhile home to public autopsies, in Liverpool. Some serious synergy between site, sounds & band name right there. Gigantic thanks to the ensemble and to Larry Goves, as ever.
I’m taking a break from regular shows for the next twelve months to finish the follow-up to 2015’s Brittle Love, which y’all can still get at the link you just read past. It’s tentatively titled Joyrobix, and will be touring all of Europe and North America in spring 2019. With my little sister, which is the most exciting prospect.