ALMAGEST! Ernesto Tomasini/ Fabrizio Modonese Palumbo/ Paul Beauchamp/ Evor Ameisie + ANDREW POPPY + OTHON MATARAGAS
Saturday 7 September 2013
Door Times : 8pm
Kaparte Promotions presents:
Ernesto Tomasini/ Fabrizio Modonese Palumbo/ Paul Beauchamp/ Evor Ameisie
Special guest Andrew Poppy
Special appearance by Othon Mataragas
With cameos by Richard Mulholland, Stefania Bocchicchio, Sometimes I’m ARrt, Massimo Marinoni
In 2007 the “artiste extraordinaire” Ernesto Tomasini and fellow Italian musician Fabrizio Modonese Palumbo (a.k.a. ( r ) and member of the cult band Larsen) released the album “Canes Venatici” (for US label Blossoming Noise). An alternative mix of “Trattato Sulla Natura Delle Stelle Per Voce e Harmonium” ,one of the tracks from the album, was then used as soundtrack for a touring exhibition on Klaus Nomi.
From the following year, with Evor Ameisie (founding member of NG/Northgate and Camerata Mediolanense) and Paul Beauchamp (of Blind Cave Salamander), they took a live version of the album to several European music festivals including shows at the Auditorium Serralves in Portugal, historical locations in Italy and the Torino LGBT film festival. More concerts were staged and in 2011 they toured Germany, performing at The Volksbuhene in Berlin, the Kampnagel in Hamburg and the Dortmund Schauspielhaus.
At the end of 2010 Italian experimental label Chew-z released their first album as a four piece band, “The Hunting Dogs of Boötes the Herdsman”, a live and revised version of “Canes Venatici” featuring remixes by Khan, Andrew Liles and 9cento9.
“traditional dances from a place that does not exist” – Baby Dee
The band spent most of its life without a name, billed mainly as “Palumbo/Tomasini’s Canes Venatici live”; in 2010 they progressed to “Palumbo/Tomasini’s Almagest!” and in 2013, with the release of their new full length studio album “Messier Objects” (composed and performed by all band members and produced by Marco Milanesio) they officially became Almagest! (named after the second-century mathematical and astronomical Ptolemy treatise on the apparent motions of the stars and planetary paths but with a final exclamation mark just like Neu!, John Foxx’s Ultravox! And Robert Wise’s “Star!”)
Messier Objects” was just released by Texas based label Tourette Records, with an original cover artwork by London artist Dan Hillier. The band arrives in London as part of the promotional tour of the album that has seen them perform at the Kurt Weill Fest in Germany, among others.
Andrew Poppy is a composer, musician and record producer. He went to study music at Kingsway’s College and Goldsmiths College, London University, graduating in 1979.
During the 1970s he developed a strong interest in contemporary American composers Cage, Feldman, Riley, Glass and Reich, attended a summer school with John Cage and Merc Cunningham and played in an ensemble with Christian Wolff.
In the early 1980’s he was an accompanist at the Laban Centre for Dance and pianist and composer with The Lost Jockey, a large ensemble playing pulse based music that became known as Minimalism.
His unusual body of work constantly explores different musical contexts There are scores for theatre, film & video, contemporary dance and art installation; writing collaborations and arrangement for industrial rock and synth pop artist including Psych TV, Erasure, Nitzer Ebb, Claudia Brucken and Bernardo Devlin
Recent concert commissions include for Darwin’s Sin Draw a violin concerto for Darragh Morgan and The Crash Ensemble, Hatch for The Smith String Quartet, Playing the Pulse for CoMA ensemble, Periscope for prepared piano for pianist Mary Dullea, Hoarding Flap for harpsichordist Jane Chapman, Definitely Disco commissioned by The London International String Quartet Festival as a competition test piece. BBC Concert Orchestra have played 32 Frames for Orchestra and in 2011 invited Andrew to performed live dub mix with the orchestra in his Revolution Number 8 Airport for Joseph Beuys at the QEH in London.
Othon is a composer, songwriter and a pianist. He was born and grew up in Athens, Greece where as a child prodigy he gave many concerts and won several piano competitions. He came to London to study piano at the Royal College of Music and composition later on at Trinity College. Othon completed his studies in 2005 and since then he has performed his music in the UK and many European countries. He has worked with numerous live artists, poets, film directors, pop stars and classical ensembles. He recently formed the performance duo ‘Othon & Tomasini’, along with his artistic partner Ernesto Tomasini.
Cult label Durtro-Jnana realeased Othon’s debut album, Digital Angel, in December 2008. Digital Angel featured unique interpretations of Othon’s songs by Marc Almond, David Tibet (Current 93) and Ernesto Tomasini.
In 2011 Cherry Red Records / SFE released Othon’s ambitious second album Impermanence.
SOMETIMES I’M ARrT
Nikolas Kasinos is a multidisciplinary artist. Born in Cyprus, he has received his undergraduate degree from London College of Communication, University of The Arts in 2011. He is the artist behind the online platform Sometimes I’m ARrt. He has exhibited and performed in several London’s venues including The Horse Hospital and Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club. He has collaborated with performance artist Chad Curry, with American performance artist Ron Athey, with London-based image maker Hector De Gregorio, and with artist Polis Peslikas.
Also Actor, director and voiceover legend Massimo Marinoni joins the cast of cameos we are assembling for Almagest! as well as actors Richard Mulholland and Stefania Bocchicchio