Archive for March, 2012

REQUIEM: Adan Donen & Roger O’Donnell with the Contrarian Ensemble

Posted in Live events on March 21, 2012 by Kaparte

Kaparte Promotions presents:

with The Contrarian Ensemble

Monday 2 April 2012
St. Leonard’s Church, Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JN
Doors 7.30pm, concert starts at 8.00pm

Tickets 310 in advance from: or £12 on the door.

Requiem is one-off performance that will take place at Shoreditch Church on Monday 2 April, hosted by Kaparte Promotions.

It will feature both Donen and O’Donnell playing as part of a 12-piece ensemble that includes string quartet, French horn and assorted woodwinds.

Keyboard player, producer and composer Roger O’Donnell is best know for his work with The Cure but he has also performed in the Psychedelic Furs, the Thompson Twins and Berlin.

The Requiem is his first foray into classical music after his widely-praised 2011 suite, Quieter Trees, inspired by Hockney’s Bigger Trees Near Warter.

Critically celebrated across Europe, Adam Donen’s songs have been compared to those of Cohen and Brel, yet his style is all his own. He has garnered much praise for his performances and transcendental music that takes you through terror and heartbreak, and out the other side.



BirdSong: a night of female fronted music to celebrate International Women’s day

Posted in Uncategorized on March 6, 2012 by Kaparte

Kaparte Promotions presents:

BirdSong: a night of female fronted music to celebrate International Women’s day. A donation from tickets will be made to Amnesty who remind us that ‘women’s rights are human rights’. 

Roshi feat. Pars Radio
Nancy Wallace
You Are Wolf
Jess Bryant
Rosie Okae

Thursday 8 March
Bar & Co, Temple Pier
Victoria Embankment
London WCR2, closest tube: Temple
Doors 7.30pm
Tickets £4 in advance: 
or £6 on the doors

Roshi feat. Pars Radio
Born in Wales to Iranian parents Roshi Nasehi is a singer-songwriter who presents her own songs alongside personal interpretations of some of the Iranian songs she was brought up listening to. She is a regular and welcome live performer at some of London’s most left-field clubs, alone or with her band ‘Pars Radio’ which features the electronic soundscapes of Graham Dowdall (Nico, Gagarin, Pere Ubu). Their debut EP And Stars (2008) and debut album The Sky And The Caspian Sea (2009) both received widespread acclaim across Europe and beyond from, amongst others, The Wire, Rock n Reel magazine, Tokalfi (Germany), Rockerilla (Italy), Camden New Journal and New Internationalist Magazine who described the album as ‘a début that exudes confidence, poise and promises the start of a great future’. Both records also received significant airplay on BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction, The Verb, World on 3, BBC 6 music, Resonance, RTE (Ireland) Norddeutscher Roadfunk (Germany) and many more. Their most recent EP Mehregan was experimental record of the month in the Feb 2011 edition of Mixmag who described Roshi as “One of the most singular voices working at the moment. In March 2012 she will present a live score to Mary Pickford’s silent classic Amarilly Of Clothes Line Alley at London’s Southbank Centre. This piece has been commissioned by Birds Eye View.

Nancy Wallace
Nancy Wallace, erstwhile voice of The Memory Band and more recently part of The Owl Service, released her fist solo venture – the wonderful Young Hearts EP – in 2005. A sublime collection of disco classics set to simple folk arrangements that won the hearts of everybody lucky enough to hear it. In 2009 Nancy finally unleashed her debut solo album. Old Stories. After gracing the cover of fRoots magazine in May 2009, she has become a firm favourite of BBC radio’s Late Junction and Mike Harding shows. Last year was topped off with a nomination in the Horizon category of the BBC Folk Awards. 
“Long respected as one of the purest voices on the folk circuit, this recording, like her live work, fashions an amazing intimacy with her listener. A substantial debut. (****)” Mojo

You Are Wolf
You Are Wolf explores English and American folk and original leftfield pop with haunting vocals, a loop station and spoken word. She was picked as an EDFSS/The Magpie’s Nest Folk Rising artist in 2010, and has played at Union Chapel, Cambridge Folk Festival, The Vortex and the Queen Elizabeth Hall. She has appeared twice on Radio 3’s The Verb, including a specially-commissioned new song for the show. You Are Wolf has been given an award from the PRS Foundation for Music’s Women Make Music scheme, and is currently working on her new set of songs based around British birds in folklore. Her debut EP, ‘hunting little songs’ (Mulberry House) is out now!
‘a beat poet lost in the renaissance period with no possessions and a distant memory of hearing Bjork’s ‘Medulla’… The depth of the imagery You Are Wolf conjures up is magical and macabre, it is a joy to get absorbed in the eerie storytelling… ‘Hunting Little Songs’ is totally compelling, an absolute gem for listeners feeling jaded and world weary, it will feel like an invigorating breath of fresh air’ THE EAR HORN
‘unfeasibly wonderful’ BBC Radio 3
‘I’m so excited about this EP… I haven’t heard anything like this in a long, long time’ BBC 6Music
‘Inventive, creepy, gorgeous’ The Other Woman, Resonance FM

Jess Bryant
Dark and devious, Jess Bryant‘s folk is perfectly suited to these dank winter nights, when strangers ghost by head-down and you can’t help but gaze into every yellow window. Newly signed to Red Deer Club, the London singer has a voice rich as red wine: one which captivates above cymbal clatters and dripping keys the same way a lighthouse beam illuminates a bay, the same way you feel when your lover enters the room.

Rosie Okae
Rosie Okae will be collaborating with talented and versatile musician Raphael Mann to re-imagine her captivating experimental pop songs especially for this event. The openness and, at times, appealing fragility of her lyrics are strikingly complimented by the richness of her vocalisation. Expect an inventive mix of styles with a few surprises along the way…

Ship of Fools: Raf and O / Crewdson / Will Connor

Posted in Live events on March 4, 2012 by Kaparte

Kaparte Promotions presents:

Ship of Fools Club
Sunday 4 March @ Bar & Co, Temple Pier

Raf and O
Special guests: Crewdson / Will Connor

Doors 7.30pm, music starts at 8.00pm

Tickets £6 in advance here:
or £8 on the door

Raf and O are Raf Mantelli and Richard Smith. The two piece band from South London brew their own colour of electronica around the intimate and magnetic voice of Florentine songstress Raf Mantelli, fusing song, live electronics and acoustic / electric instruments.
They have released 3 records on Geo including their full length debut album in 2010, which all garnered glowing reviews and radio plays in UK/ Europe, have extensively collaborated with Gagarin, are writing tracks with Robert Logan on a separate project and have supported amongst others Alabama 3, Rothko, Nedry and legendary Faust.

Raf and O have now completed their second album and to celebrate this they will be performing it as a sneak preview at the first Ship Of Fools of 2012.

Indietronic delicacy. Seductive, winding pieces of jazzy vocal electronica Mixmag **** – A South London based secret that need sharing with the wider world Flux Magazine The intimacy of the album is just beautiful and makes those Aphex Twins sounds really accessible and a lot more emotively intense than I have heard before Subba Cultcha 8/10

Live as in the studio, Crewdson creates sound from machinery, found items, manipulated vocals and saxophone which he samples and manipulates through his idiosyncratic electronic set up, controlling his sounds with an amiga joystick, homemade controllers and midi motorcycle handlebars.

As well as releasing his debut album ‘Gravity’ last year on Slowfoot Records he has been remixing for the likes of Ninja Tune and has been touring Europe and Japan as a member of Matthew Herbert’s live band.

His music could be described as an upbeat and playful concoction of electronic music, taking in influences from techno, jazz, 2-step, dubstep, your doorstep poses the question of what might happen if you threw Polar Bear, Flying Lotus, Aphex Twin and maybe even The Streets in a room together.
“A fantastic debut from the London-based producer, full of intriguing promise.” [BBC]

“Eleven fantastic post-dubstep/micro-house tracks from Matthew Herbert’s tech assistant and fine south-east London producer Crewdson” [Time Out]

” ‘Gravity’ is a wonderful achievement. A sensual marriage of skippy 2-step rhythms, throbbing bass and delicate arrangements. Crewdson is moving bass music beyond its post-dubstep moniker.”[Clash]

“Yeah, that’s nicely different from Crewdson, ‘Electric Wing’ on an album to watch out for called ‘Gravity’.” [Gilles Peterson, Radio 1]

“Simply put, this is brilliant and highly recommended” [Future Sequence]

Will Connor, is a London-based percussionist devoted to experimenting and composing using unconventional instruments and techniques. Innovatively rethinking how to generate percussive and acoustic sounds with a goal of reversing the aural expectations of the instruments, attempting to create electronic sounds with acoustic devices, et cetera, Connor plays drones and sustained tones along with truncated, abrupt tinklings.

He freely draws upon Italian Futurism and Dadaist sensibilities to create textural soundscapes and industrial sonic explorations, performing on household objects and homemade devices, including pot lids, grill hoods, sheet metal, springs, shelf brackets, and bicycles, as well as traditional and ethnic percussion.

Connor primarily performs dark ambient composed and improvised material, but also works in gothic, jazz, and modern classical contexts.
Connor’s background in improvised music, modern composition, and ethnic ensembles prepared him for playing with Vultures Quartet, one of Londons most active improvising and modern composition performance groups.

*Ship of Fools promotes and supports the best of contemporary folk, electronica, neo-classical and avant-garde presenting a bi-monthly a selection of both established and up and coming acts.*
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