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

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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