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LIFEM 2010 flyer by Alexandra Tenreiro (M.A.D. Collective)

Asian Music Circuit in association with Red Orange presents Terry Riley, Talvin Singh and George Brooks

Jazz breaking news II: Terry Riley to tour with Talvin Singh and George Brooks (www.shaanti.co.uk)

Jazz breaking news: Terry Riley to tour with Talvin Singh and George Brooks (jazzwisemagazine.com)

Fernanda Takai is out, Benjamim Taubkin is in

Due to unforeseen circumstances Fernanda Takai (Brazil) will be unable to perform at the London International Festival of Exploratory Music (LIFEM) this November. However, we are delighted to announce that Benjamim Taubkin (Brazil) will be performing at the festival, in what is a rare UK visit by the Brazilian minimalist jazz pianist.

LIFEM 2010 on The Wire

LIFEM 2010 dates and programme announced

03 – 07 November 2010


[USA/UK] [London Premiere] [75th anniversary celebration of Terry Riley]

[Belgium] [UK Premiere]

[France] [Rare UK Performance, Only UK Performance This Year]

[UK] [Only UK Performance This Year]

[Estonia/Ukraine] [UK Premiere]

[Brazil] [UK Premiere]

[Estonia] [UK Premiere] [75th anniversary celebration of Arvo Pärt and Giya Kancheli]


Building on last year’s inaugural festival, the London International Festival of Exploratory Music (LIFEM) continues its musical journey with exciting exploratory sounds from all over the world. It begins by celebrating the 75th birthday of composer Terry Riley, the father of American minimalism. Terry takes the stage with Mercury Music award-winning tabla player and multi-instrumentist Talvin Singh and progressive saxophonist George Brooks, on what is a rare visit to Europe. The festival ends with the oldest active early music group in Europe, Hortus Musicus, from Estonia. They celebrate two more 75th birthdays: those of Estonian Arvo Pärt and Georgian Giya Kancheli. In between comes the UK premiere of Flemish Belgium minimalist composer Wim Mertens, a rare UK performance by French Catalan musician Pascal Comelade, the only UK performance of UK composer Gavin Bryars, the UK premiere of Estonian power folk band Svjata Vatra and the UK premiere of Brazilian singer Fernanda Takai, best known as the vocalist of Brazilian super group Pato Fu.

LIFEM on the live concert highlights of 2009 for MusicalCriticism.com

The London International Festival of Exploratory Music (LIFEM) which took place in London at Kings Place in November was amongst the live concert highlights of 2009 for MusicalCriticism.com (the new source for concert and opera reviews, articles and interviews on the web).

more DJ Scotch Egg live at LIFEM, 07nov09

Devil Man is a new collaboration project between DJ Scotch Egg and Dokkebi Q – live at LIFEM: London International Festival of Exploratory Music, 07nov09

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LIFEM 09 ad on Kings Place TV sets

LIFEM 09 ad on Kings Place TV sets

LIFEM on BBC Radio 3

BBC Radio 3 Late Junction plugged the festival and played tracks by artists performing in the festival.

some changes in LIFEM’s music programme

Due to unforeseen circumstances Mabrouk Band (Israel), Shira U’tfila (Serbia) and Madame Mim (Brazil) will be unable to perform at London International Festival of Exploratory Music this November. However, we are delighted to announce that Les Yeux Noirs (France), Monster Ceilidh Band (UK) and Daniel Peixoto (ex-Montage, Brazil) will be their replacements, in what is a rare UK performance by the French gypsy/klezmer virtuoso ensemble, the London premiere of Newcastle’s happy energetic non-stop danceable Ceilidh band, and the European premiere of the shockingly sexy electro-punk solo project by the Brazilian MTV outrageous superstar.

Below is the full updated music programme:

Wednesday, 04 November 09

UK minimalist avant chamber pop
19:45 – 20:30 Jenni Roditi (UK) Kings Place – Hall 1 Buy Tickets Here
21:00 – 21:45 Andrew Poppy (UK) Kings Place – Hall 1 Buy Tickets Here

Thursday, 05 November 09

Inuk snow songs, ice folk and throat singing
19:45 – 20:30 Nive Nielsen (Greenland) Kings Place – Hall 1 Buy Tickets Here
21:00 – 21:45 Tanya Tagaq (Canada) Kings Place – Hall 1 Buy Tickets Here

Friday, 06 November 09

Old and new world music touching approaches
18:30 – 19:15 Lorcán Mac Mathúna (Ireland) [UK premiere] Kings Place – Hall 1 Buy Tickets Here
19:45 – 20:30 Tri a Tolia (Turkey/Iraq/Belgium) [UK premiere] Kings Place – Hall 1 Buy Tickets Here
21:00 – 21:45 Lonely China Day (China) [European premiere] Kings Place – Hall 1 Buy Tickets Here
The newest exotic electro latin sounds from Brazil
18:45 – 19:30 Coletivo Rádio Cipó (Brazil) [European premiere] Kings Place – Hall 2 Buy Tickets Here
20:00 – 20:45 Daniel Peixoto (Brazil) [European premiere] Kings Place – Hall 2 Buy Tickets Here
21:15 – 22:00 Da Cruz (Brazil) Kings Place – Hall 2 Buy Tickets Here

Saturday, 07 November 09

A night of Gypsy, Ceilidh and old Klezmer wedding music
18:30 – 19:15 Les Yeux Noirs (France) Kings Place – Hall 1 Buy Tickets Here
19:45 – 20:30 Monster Ceilidh Band (UK) [London premiere] Kings Place – Hall 1 Buy Tickets Here
21:00 – 21:45 Cukunft (Poland) [UK premiere] Kings Place – Hall 1 Buy Tickets Here
Sonore presents a night of exquisite organic electronica from Japan
18:45 – 19:30 Midori Hirano (Japan) Kings Place – Hall 2 Buy Tickets Here
20:00 – 20:45 Oorutaichi (Japan) Kings Place – Hall 2 Buy Tickets Here
21:15 – 22:00 DJ Scotch Egg (Japan) Kings Place – Hall 2 Buy Tickets Here

LIFEM jingle on Resonance FM

LIFEM on Jungle Drums

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LIFEM on Leros

Leros, www.leros.co.uk

The newest exotic electro latin sounds from Brazil
18:45 – 19:30 Coletivo Rádio Cipó (Brazil) [European premiere] Kings Place – Hall 2 Buy Tickets Here
20:00 – 20:45 Madame Mim (Brazil) Kings Place – Hall 2 Buy Tickets Here
21:15 – 22:00 Da Cruz (Brazil) Kings Place – Hall 2 Buy Tickets Here

Music Beyond Labels – Exploring New Music From Japan Public Talk

>Music Beyond Labels

In recent years, a growing number of Japanese musicians have appeared on the UK music scene, performing at prestigious festivals, thanks in part to the enthusiasm of certain promoters. This recent popularity has been attributed to the uniqueness and versatility of Japanese music and musicians, appealing to the desire of music fans to experience something new and original.

For this event, the Japan Foundation has invited UK-based Japanese artist, DJ Scotch Egg, who has gained a reputation for mixing music from techno-related genres, including gabber and chiptunes, to talk about his musical career and artistic philosophy. He will be accompanied by Franck Stofer, of the artist agency, Sonore. Franck has been a passionate advocate of the creativity of contemporary Japanese music, and will share his views on the state and nature of the Japanese music scene as seen by a non-native living in Japan and working as part of the Japanese music industry. The evening’s proceedings will be chaired by Alan Cummings, Freelance Writer for music magazine, The Wire.

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This event is organised in association with the London International Festival of Exploratory Music (LIFEM) which is committed to exciting music from every conceivable genre and origin, while continually challenging musical boundaries. DJ Scotch Egg will be showcased as part of this year’s LIFEM lineup, together with two other Japanese musicians, Oorutaichi and Midori Hirano on 7 November at Kings Place.

As well as complementing the performances by these three Japanese artists on 7th November, this event also provides an opportunity to learn more about Japan’s exciting and innovative contemporary musical culture.

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Submissions are now being accepted for LIFEM 2010 (03-06 Nov 2010)

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LIFEM: London International Festival of Exploratory Music 2010 Submissions on Sonicbids

Submissions for LIFEM 2010 (03-06 Nov 2010) are now open:

Submit your materials online through Sonicbids! If you are not yet a Sonicbids member and want to submit online, visit www.sonicbids.com/LIFEM and sign-up for the Sonicbids Combo Package (includes your submission AND a discounted Sonicbids membership). If you are already a Sonicbids member, log in to your account and visit the Promoter Drop Box to submit.

Da Cruz confirmed to be performing at this year’s WOMEX

Da Cruz, who was selected to perform as part of LIFEM 09 earlier this year via Sonicbids (she will be performing at Kings Place on Friday 06 November, 21h15), have just been confirmed to be performing also at this year’s WOMEX on 30 October. Listen to their music on MySpace and book your tickets to see them live at LIFEM here

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Friday, 06 November 09

The newest exotic electro latin sounds from Brazil
18:45 – 19:30 Coletivo Rádio Cipó (Brazil) [European premiere] Kings Place – Hall 2 Buy Tickets Here
20:00 – 20:45 Madame Mim (Brazil) Kings Place – Hall 2 Buy Tickets Here
21:15 – 22:00 Da Cruz (Brazil) Kings Place – Hall 2 Buy Tickets Here

LIFEM ad for The Wire, Rock-a-Rolla and Jungle Drums

LIFEM-ad-for-web

LIFEM on last.fm

LIFEM-on-last.fm

LIFEM 09: music programme

Wednesday, 04 November 09

UK minimalist avant chamber pop
19:45 – 20:30 Jenni Roditi (UK) Kings Place – Hall 1 Buy Tickets Here
21:00 – 21:45 Andrew Poppy (UK) Kings Place – Hall 1 Buy Tickets Here

Thursday, 05 November 09

Inuk snow songs, ice folk and throat singing
19:45 – 20:30 Nive Nielsen (Greenland) Kings Place – Hall 1 Buy Tickets Here
21:00 – 21:45 Tanya Tagaq (Canada) Kings Place – Hall 1 Buy Tickets Here

Friday, 06 November 09

Old and new world music touching approaches
18:30 – 19:15 Lorcán Mac Mathúna (Ireland) [UK premiere] Kings Place – Hall 1 Buy Tickets Here
19:45 – 20:30 Tri a Tolia (Turkey/Iraq/Belgium) [UK premiere] Kings Place – Hall 1 Buy Tickets Here
21:00 – 21:45 Lonely China Day (China) [European premiere] Kings Place – Hall 1 Buy Tickets Here
The newest exotic electro latin sounds from Brazil
18:45 – 19:30 Coletivo Rádio Cipó (Brazil) [European premiere] Kings Place – Hall 2 Buy Tickets Here
20:00 – 20:45 Madame Mim (Brazil) Kings Place – Hall 2 Buy Tickets Here
21:15 – 22:00 Da Cruz (Brazil) Kings Place – Hall 2 Buy Tickets Here

Saturday, 07 November 09

A night of Yiddish, Sephardic, old Klezmer wedding music and more
18:30 – 19:15 Mabrouk Band (Israel) [European premiere] Kings Place – Hall 1 Buy Tickets Here
19:45 – 20:30 Shira U’Tfila (Serbia) [UK premiere] Kings Place – Hall 1 Buy Tickets Here
21:00 – 21:45 Cukunft (Poland) [UK premiere] Kings Place – Hall 1 Buy Tickets Here
Sonore night: Exquisite organic electronica from Japan
18:45 – 19:30 Midori Hirano (Japan) Kings Place – Hall 2 Buy Tickets Here
20:00 – 20:45 Oorutaichi (Japan) Kings Place – Hall 2 Buy Tickets Here
21:15 – 22:00 DJ Scotch Egg (Japan) Kings Place – Hall 2 Buy Tickets Here

Brigitta Bödenauer and Brandon Morse added to LIFEM’s video section

With new videos by Brigitta Bödenauer and by Brandon Morse, LIFEM’s video section is now complete. And it looks just out of this world!!! And they will be shown for free!!!

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Born in 1972, Brigitta Bödenauer studied theatre and currently teaches video editing at a private multimedia school in Vienna. In her work as a filmmaker, Brigitta aims to generate emotive sequences by reassembling stills into animated trajectories. Brigitta is an artist, a media critic, a photographer, a DJ and a VJ.

brandon morse - achilles

Brandon Morse was born in Arlington, TX in 1974 and grew up in Eau Claire, WI. He received his BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, and his MFA in Art and Technology from The Ohio State University, Columbus. Morse has exhibited both nationally and internationally at film and animation festivals, galleries, and on the internet. He has taught Digital Media at the Department of Art at the University of Maryland, College Park since 2000.

Professor Morse states that “”the conceptual focus of my work is instead the development and portrayal of situations of a specifically vague nature… They are the examination of interaction; stripped from context, plot, and history… an exploration of this process playing itself out on a level that can be nothing but instinctual.” With the evidence provided by Morse in his work, one is able to see his works as an “examination of interaction; stripped from context, plot, and history which parallels human interaction: as a series of instinctual actions, isolated from memory and reason.”

Here’s the now complete LIFEM video programme (these screenings are free events, so no excuses for not being part of the festival… let’s enjoy it!):

Friday, 06 November 09

Audiovisual Experimental Works: from 17:30 to 22:00
Goh Lee Kwang: “Two-Dimensional Collision” (29’28’’) (2009) [European premiere] Kings Place – St Pancras Room
Maile Colbert: “Over the Eyes” (17’30’’) (2009) [UK premiere] Kings Place – St Pancras Room
Maile Colbert / Celer: “Falling Down Film for Celer” (30’04’’) (2009) [UK premiere] Kings Place – St Pancras Room
Maile Colbert / Paul Bradley: “Transit” (45’00’’) (2009) [UK premiere] Kings Place – St Pancras Room
Thomas Köner: “Suburbs of the Void” (14’13’’) (2004) [UK premiere] Kings Place – St Pancras Room
Thomas Köner: “Peripheriques part 1-3” (13’11’’) (2006) [UK premiere] Kings Place – St Pancras Room
Thomas Köner: “Pajajeros Peregrios Pilotos” (3’59’’) (2008) [UK premiere] Kings Place – St Pancras Room
Thomas Köner: “La Barca” (7’01’’) (2009) [UK premiere] Kings Place – St Pancras Room
Johnny DeKam / Pure: “Reqoil” (15’38’’) (2003) [UK premiere] Kings Place – St Pancras Room
Johnny DeKam / Pure: “Displaced” (10’24’’) (2003) [UK premiere] Kings Place – St Pancras Room
Johnny DeKam / Pure: “Peaceoff” (9’38’’) (2003) [UK premiere] Kings Place – St Pancras Room
Brigitta Bödenauer / COH: “Don’t Touch Me When I Start To Feel Safe” (4’41’’) (2003) Kings Place – St Pancras Room
Brigitta Bödenauer / Didi Bruckmayr / Michael Strohmann: “Die Wand” (1’03’’) (2005) Kings Place – St Pancras Room
Brigitta Bödenauer / Pure: “…as they pass…” (6’45’’) (2006) Kings Place – St Pancras Room
Brandon Morse: “Achilles” (14’11’’) (2009) [European premiere] Kings Place – St Pancras Room
Brandon Morse: “A Confidence of Vertices” (11’09’’) (2008) [European premiere] Kings Place – St Pancras Room
Brandon Morse: “The Brownian Motion of Collective Woe” (16’41’’) (2009) [European premiere] Kings Place – St Pancras Room
Brandon Morse: “Exit Strategy” (17’29’’) (2009) [European premiere] Kings Place – St Pancras Room

Saturday, 07 November 09

Audiovisual Experimental Works: from 17:30 to 22:00
Ran Slavin: “The Insomniac City Cycles” (70’00’’) (2009) [UK premiere] Kings Place – St Pancras Room
Various Artists: “Essays on Radio: Can I have 2 minutes

of your time?” (56’00’’) (2005) Works by:

  • Jan Robert Leegte / Boca Raton
  • Nuno Tudela / Pedro Tudela
  • Return / Pita
  • Ran Slavin
  • Ok.Suitcase
  • Telco Systems / Longina
  • Lia / @c
  • Stephan Mathieu
  • Isabel Abreu & Rita Barbosa / Pal
  • Return / Freiband
  • Tina Frank / General Magic
  • Brigitta Bödenauer / Miguel Carvalhais
  • Júlio Dolbeth / Steinbrüchel
  • Karl Kliem / Christine Fowler
  • Maximilian Janicke / Random Industries
  • Sara Kolster / Pawel Grabowski
  • Nuno Tudela / Pedro Tudela
  • Return / Gintas K
  • Marius Watz / @c
  • Jörg Piringer
  • Sumugan Sivanesan / Durán Vázquez
  • Antmanuv
  • Ran Slavin / James Eck Rippie
  • Eric Berger / Pure
  • Paulo Raposo
  • Ran Slavin / The Beautiful Schizophonic
  • Horacio G / Longina
  • Meta
[UK premiere] Kings Place – St Pancras Room
Wyndel Hunt / Thom Heileson: “Unit of Selection” (17’18’’) (2008) [European premiere] Kings Place – St Pancras Room
Various Artists: “Colorfield Variations” (84’08’’) (2009)

Curated by Richard Chartier. Works by:

  • Frank Bretschneider
  • Alan Callander
  • Chris Carter + Cosey Fanni Tutti
  • Sue Costabile
  • Evelina Domnitch + Dmitry Gelfand
  • Mark Fell + Ernest Edmonds
  • Tina Frank + General Magic
  • Ryoichi Kurokawa
  • Stephan Mathieu
  • Steve Roden
  • Sawako
  • Bas Van Koolwijk
[UK premiere] Kings Place – St Pancras Room
João Vasco Paiva: “Wide Rothko” (10’00’’) (2008) [UK premiere] Kings Place – St Pancras Room
Yann Novak: “Relocation.Mobile” (10’48’’) (2009) [European premiere] Kings Place – St Pancras Room
Yann Novak: “Relocation.Dislocation” (10’10’’) (2009) [European premiere] Kings Place – St Pancras Room

New Oorutaichi video

Oorutaichi recent video, live at Super Deluxe (Tokyo, Japan)… Oorutaichi will be playing live at LIFEM on the 7th Nov…

Miguel Santos on LIFEM

When I say this is a festival of exploratory music, I am not really referring to a genre. It is rather a proactive attitude about all kinds of music. My inspiration is the 15th- and 16th-century European explorers who would set out from the Continent and sail through the Atlantic to discover the rest of the world.

What I explore in music is something that is different, surprising and challenging, so it is essential that LIFEM should differ from other festivals. Curiosity is my main motive. There are so many interesting musical cultures out there, and like many other people, I have yet to encounter them all. That urges me to explore more, often bringing me surprises which I love to share.

This year’s LIFEM is again full of exciting and novel acts. It starts with two classically-influenced artists from Britain: singer-composer Jenni Roditi, whose genre-shifting voice and diverse music fuse different forms in a minimalistic trend, and Andrew Poppy, an eclectic artist whose music has been compared to Cabaret Voltaire and Philip Glass.

In terms of themes, we have a Japanese night that introduces a very modern kind of electronic music by Midori Hirano, Oorutaichi and DJ Scotch Egg. Likewise, the Brazilian night treats us with three acts by Coletivo Rádio Cipó, Madame Mim and Da Cruz: modern Brazilian music that is not just traditional samba or bossa nova.

We also have a Chinese act, but forget the stereotyped associations of Chinese music with traditional Far Eastern tunes: Lonely China Day is a modern rock band, with a very different approach than most Anglo-American bands. Their concert is preceded by the Gaelic singer Lorcán Mac Mathúna’s inspiring rendition of Irish folk tunes, and Tri a Tolia, combining Turkish voice, Iraqi qanun and Belgian cello for a performance of sad, beautiful songs about love, loss and longing.

Another thematic night takes us to as far as the Arctic territories, pairing the acts of two Eskimo performers: Tanya Tagaq, the contemporary Inuit throat singer-composer from Nunavut – Canada, has collaborated with names such as Björk and Kronos Quartet; and Nive Nielsen is an Inuk singer-songwriter from Greenland, accompanying her songs with her ukulele.

I am equally enthusiastic about the night of Yiddish, Sephardic and Klezmer music from different countries. That is bound to be extremely rich and diverse as the music of Mabrouk Band (Israel); Shira U’tfila (Serbia) and Cukunft (Poland) represent three different attitudes towards Jewish culture.

While having such a diverse programme to enjoy, it is also delightful to see Kings Place as the new home to LIFEM. Perfectly located next to King’s Cross – St Pancras, the new gateway to Europe, I think it is an ideal venue for such a festival as it embraces all types of musical genres and activities, an attitude which I very much appreciate.

In the meantime, keep an eye on lifem.org.uk for a free downloadable compilation album and other exciting news…

Miguel Santos
Director
LIFEM: London International Festival of Exploratory Music

(this interview was conducted by Emrah Tokalac, Kings Place)

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