Sunday 23 July 2016, 22:00
Strelka Institute’s courtyard, Moscow
On 23 July 2016 the British Council in collaboration with the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design hosts the Selector Live party, bringing the best British music to Moscow.
We present the Russian premiere of Momentum: an audio-visual project by Darren Cunningham (aka Actress) and the London Contemporary Orchestra.
And a concert by The 2 Bears: London-based duo Raf Rundell and Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard.
The Selector Live party is part of the British Council’s three-day music forum Selector PRO.
Advance tickets – 1500 rubles | Tickets on the door – 2000 rubles.
Actress & the London Contemporary Orchestra: ‘Momentum’
Momentum is a unique collaboration commissioned and curated by Boiler Room and produced by Actress and the London Contemporary Orchestra. Performed only once before, Momentum debuted at London’s Barbican Centre in front of sold out crowd.
Inspired by LAGEOS (laser geodynamics earth satellites), the Momentum show begins in near total darkness with a space exploration-inspired theme before a live orchestra begins to fuse electronic and orchestral music creating new sound textures.
Actress is the stage name of electronic music producer Darren Cunningham, whose music is considered an outsider house genre combining elements of house music, techno, and noise creating rough-sounding “Lo-Fi” music.
Over the last decade Cunningham rose to fame from a maverick of the British techno scene to a widely-recognised musician. Cunningham disassembles his tracks into fragments and sculpts them back together creating unique hybrids of space-inspired music.
Damon Albarn, known for seeking out unfamiliar sounds, such as Japanese ambient or bands from Mali, put out Actress’s first releases on his label Albarn’s Honest Jon's Recordings.
Cunningham is also busy building his own label, Werkdiscs, where he records abstract IDM and German synthpop. In 2014, Werkdiscs took Ninja Tune Label under its wing, where, soon after, Cunningham released his latest album “Ghettoville”, which transformed techno music into abstract patterns and ambient collages.
The LONDON CONTEMPORARY ORCHESTRA
Winner of the Ensemble category at the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards 2015, The London Contemporary Orchestra has established itself as one of the UK’s most innovative and respected ensembles.
Formed in 2008, the LCO has been promoting the best new music and cross-arts collaborations to an increasingly wide audience and collaborating with a distinguished array of composers and artists, including Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead), Belle & Sebastian, Vivienne Westwood, Arcade Fire, Jimmy Page, Beck, Goldfrapp, Terry Riley, and Foals.
Highlights include sold-out performances at Camdemn’s Roundhouse, the opening of James Lavelle’s (UNKLE) Meltdown Festival at the Royal Festival Hall, soundtracks to Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master, and recording strings and choral vocals for the latest Radiohead album A Moon Shaped Pool.
THE 2 BEARS
The 2 Bears are a British musical duo formed in 2009 by Joe Goddard, producer and the production warp drive from the electronic band Hot Chip, and Raphael ‘Raf Daddy’ Rundell, a DJ, who has worked with Basement Jaxx and Matthew Herbert.
Joe and Raphael met while working together at the legendary Greco-Roman parties that took place in various, pop up venues: abandoned warehouses, luxury loft apartments or river boats. Since then, they have been working together to create the perfect soundtrack for the best parties around the world. Even their plush bear costumes don’t stop them from creating musical masterpieces.
Selector. Produced by the British Council, Selector is broadcast from London to an audience of over three million radio listeners in 40 countries. The Guardian named Selector as “the most curiously programmed music radio show in Britain”. Since April 2013, Selector has broadcast weekly shows on radio Megapolis 89.5FM.
Apart from the radio show, Selector presents a series of parties that are “as educational as the show”, according to Kommersant. Selector parties involving some of the most interesting modern British artists take place at the hottest Moscow venues and introduce Moscow’s public to various modern music styles.
“Like a jolt of electricity” – Financial Times.
“A journey into the unknown” – The Guardian.