Matthew Herbert & Julian Sartorius: Drum Solo + Bex Burch & Laurel Pardue

silent green presents

Swiss drummer Julian Sartorius and British electronics virtuoso Matthew Herbert combine for an exploration into an introspective dialogue between two of Europe’s most compelling improvisers. Using Sartorius’ collection of drums, percussion and augmented objects as the sole sound source expertly woven into intoxicating rhythmical formations by Sartorius’ idiosyncratic yet precise multi-layered style, whilst Herbert uses Julian’s sounds to transform the patterns into deep sonic landscapes in real-time.

Julian Sartorius
Julian Sartorius is fascinated by the visualization of fine-scaled variations, tension and release, mass and vibrancy. His interest has resulted in numerous projects, such as the 12-LP box set Beat Diary (Everest Records, 2012), consisting of 365 beat tracks and an accompanying photo book; the daily 8-second loop series Morphblog (2013-2019) or Depot, an audiovisual installation for 16 loudspeakers and 16 screens, which was shown at Kunstmuseum. In recent years, Julian has collaborated with numerous musicians, including Sophie Hunger, Valentina Magaletti (Tomaga, Vanishing Twin), Sylvie Courvoisier, Gyda Valtysdottir, Dimlite, Shahzad Ismaily and Dan Carey (Speedy Wunderground). His distinct percussion work is featured on the current albums of Kae Tempest, Matthew Herbert, Merz and James Zoo.

Matthew Herbert
Matthew Herbert is a widely acclaimed composer, producer and writer whose range of innovative works extends from more than 30 albums (including Bodily Functions and One Pig) to scores for Oscar-winning films (A Fantastic Woman) as well as music for the National Theatre, Broadway, TV series (Noughts and Crosses, The Responder for BBC), games (Lego) and radio. He has performed solo, as a DJ and with various musicians including his own 21 piece big band all round the world from the Sydney opera house, to the Hollywood Bowl. He has remixed iconic artists such as Quincy Jones, Ennio Morricone, Serge Gainsbourg and Mahler and been a long time collaborator of Bjork’s.

Bex Burch
Bex Burch is a composer, percussionist, producer and improviser who emphasises space, repetition and aspects of chaos. These themes characterise an ongoing approach she describes as “messy minimalism”. She runs the label and post-punk band, Vula Viel, and has collaborated with influential artists like Peter Zummo, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Ben LaMar Gay, Dan Bitney and Macie Stewart. Bex completed an 18-month instrument-making apprenticeship in Ghana with master gyil player Thomas Sekgura, a formative experience that gave her a deep-seated respect for Dagaare music and the confidence to pursue a path that reflected her own voice. A restless, questing spirit has informed her career since, from the open-hearted collaborations of her musical releases to the creation of a new xylophone she handmade, tuning its harmonics to maximise the resonances she wanted to hear.

Friday, September 13
Doors: 7 pm / Start: 8 pm