Indian born Jerry Dammers is best known for being the founder member, primary songwriter and keyboard player with The Specials.
Educated in Coventry, he formed the 2 Tone Record label, which helped develop the SKA revival of the 1970s and 1980s. Jerry went on to became an anti-apartheid campaigner, famously writing the song Free Nelson Mandela.
In 2006 Jerry formed the music ensemble The Spatial AKA Orchestra, a project that encompasses many different influences, proving that he continues to challenge music conventions.
Jerry will be playing ambient and electronic “Library Music” including some by Delia Derbyshire.
Electronic pioneer Roedelius is a legendary figure in popular and ambient music and in the birth of Krautrock.
He founded the seminal bands Cluster (with Dieter Moebius) and Harmonia (with Moebius and Michael Rother). He recorded the albums “Zuckerzeit” (Cluster, 1974) and “Deluxe” (Harmonia, 1975), which are considered blueprints for today’s electronica and were recently successfully reissued. And in the late 70s he worked with the great Brian Eno. Roedelius began releasing solo albums in 1978.
He was already exploring the interplay between piano and electronics on his second LP, “Jardin au Fou” (1979). With a beautiful complexity and a magnetic presence on stage, he makes every show a unique and fascinating experience.
British composer and experimental music artist Christopher James Chaplin studied the piano with Irene Denereaz in Vevey/Switzerland before moving to London in the early 80ies. In 2009 he was invited by Viennese label Fabrique to collaborate with electronic musician Thomas Pötz aka Kava on “Seven Echoes”, an album released in 2010 and presented live at the Art Brut Museum Gugging in Austria.
There he met electronic music pioneer Hans-Joachim Roedelius (Cluster, Harmonia) who later invited Christopher to take part in a “Late Junction” session for BBC Radio 3. The result of this second collaboration eventually led to the album “King of Hearts”, released in 2012. In the following years Chaplin and Roedelius performed around the world.
Synthcurious are happy to announce singer and electronic composer and member of The Magnetic North, Hannah Peel will be performing live on 13/09 with her electronic solo setup her new album ‘Awake But Always Dreaming’ out 23rd September 2016.
This year, her recent collaborations with Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve (aka Erol Alkan & Richard Norris) – was featured on two BBC6 playlisted singles ‘Diagram Girl’ and ‘Creation’ and her band The Magnetic North released their critically acclaimed follow up LP ‘Prospect Of Skelmersdale’ in March. She has also been composing under her new synth-based, space-age alter-ego Mary Casio with an experimental piece combining analogue electronics and a 33-piece colliery brass band (it debuted to a sold out Manchester audience in May). Although modestly she shies away from any comparison, it’s little wonder The Observer recently described Peel as ‘a latter day Delia Derbyshire’.
Great turn out for an amazing set by Sonic Boom last night at the Tin, thanks to everyone for making it such a fantastic night. //Sonic Boom
Looking forward to the events today, there is some interesting kit arriving at the Coal Vaults for the modular meet starting at 1:00…see you there! (Photos by Nav Kaur https://instagram.com/nicedaynav/)