Usurp present Chance

15 March - 8 May 2014
Produced by: 
Sound and Music / Usurp

Usurp Art Gallery presents two dynamic, ensemble performances, exploring perceptual concepts of chance, time, listening and humour, and the breadth and parameters of improvisational approaches in new music.

“Indeterminacy” was originally recorded in 1959, with John Cage reading aloud 90 stories, each lasting one minute. For this performance, Stewart Lee assumes Cage’s role accompanied by contemporary pianists, Tania Chen and Steve Beresford improvising on pianos and objects.

“The Conspirators of Pleasure” featuring Poulomi Desai (augmented sitar), Simon Underwood (modified, toys + electronics) and Seth Ayyaz ( daaf + electronics), create improvised soundscapes, twisting technology and transforming organic sounds into eerie calls with intense waves of noise, pulsating rhythms and melancholic, lyrical interplay.

The performances draw upon contemporary narratives of, the role of the performer as composer; control, response and liberation in shared music-making, and, extricate the sonic and political potency of instruments, subaltern identities and recycled objects.

This tour is co-produced with Sound and Music as part of the 2013/14 touring programme, find out more about the tours we're supporting here.

Tour dates

15 March // QUAD, Derby
£10, buy tickets

18 March // CBSO Centre, Birmingham
£8/6, buy tickets 

22 March // Cube Cinema, Bristol

25 March // Komedia, Brighton
£10, buy tickets 

28 March // Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool

26 April // Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich
£12/10, buy tickets 

8 May // Rich Mix, London
£8/6, buy tickets 

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