Group Listening + support from SEDR77

Venue: South Street (Directions)

Thu 21 Mar, 20:00

Door time: 7.30pm

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A new project formed by Sweet Baboo (Moshi Moshi) and experimental Cardiff musician and sometime SB collaborator, Paul Jones.

Debut album Piano & Clarinet: Selected Works Vol. 1 is the spontaneous, beguiling culmination of this friendship. Cutting out the post production and keeping overdubs to a minimum, the clarinet and piano were passed through guitar stomp boxes and other analogue effects to enable processing and manipulation directly in performance. The result hums with the ghostly energy of sound pioneers Joe Meek and Martin Hannett, while mbira and drum machines are sparingly deployed amid enveloping folds of space echo.

Like Virginia Astley, Penguin Cafe or Simon Jeffes, Group Listening tread the overlap betwen classical and experimental music. Perhaps most startling here is the breadth of material arranged as one atmospheric whole. The pieces range from the ever-spiralling, fractal phrases of German composer Roedelius to the haunting rasps of game and Hollywood soundtracker Disasterpiece and the pioneering sonics of early electronic inventor Raymond Scott. Somehow, shot together through Group Listening's electro-acoustic lens, these works evolve into something supremely calming, poignant and new.

Group Listening arrive in Reading fresh from a tour supporting Gruff Rhys (Super Furry Animals).

Support comes from SEDR77, who combine loops, noise, guitar and occasional beats to make an engaging and hypnotic racket, varying the pace between glacial to funereal.

Ticket information

£10, £8 members - become a member

Venue info

South Street

21 South Street, Reading, RG1 4QU

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Contact: Box Office: 0118 960 6060; Administration: 0118 937 3456

Box office is open at South Street Arts Centre on performance days one hour before the show (subject to availability)

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