Men Diamler is a musician / writer based in London. He has been writing, producing and performing his own songs for over a decade, which he believes is an ongoing act of penance for writing too much bad poetry in his adolescence. Like a scrunched up weather forecast in a force 10 gale, he is hard to pin down. He happily zig zags through convention, often delighting and dumbfounding audiences with equal measure. He has toured the UK extensively and recorded live sessions for BBC 6Music and Resonance FM. He is also a catsitter and DJ. ‘Men Diamler’ doesn’t mean anything, by the way.
Theo May has always had his own, idiosyncratic approach to music-making.
This creative sensibility has been directly informed by independent discovery,
with intuition at its core. Although his primary focus is composition, playing the
violin has always been extremely important to him and it is this practical
approach to musical creativity which continues to inform and nourish his own
music making. For this performance Theo has invited his father to join him on clarinet.
“May’s astonishing skill and bowed and plucked velocity of note-making to the fore, it’s as if the rural heart of England is on sonic fire in the very urban heart of Hackney. The next piece is as slow and aching as a plea for love and you wonder how a musician so young has nurtured such a deep and improvising soul.” (Chris Searle, Morning Star)
Mike Adcock is an eclectic pianist and accordionist. He was a founding member of Accordions Go Crazy, and has worked with Flaco Jiminez, the Ray Charles orchestra, African dance outfit Shikisha, composer Gavin Bryars, and The Last Dance Orchestra. Currently he plays blues and swing and a bit of zydeco in the Cadillac Kings, traditional Norwegian music with Vek, New Orleans style R&B in Natchez and improvised music in a duo with Clive Bell and in bands Paper Factory and The Unseemly Trio. Mike also has an interest in musical stones and plays roof slates. Today Mike will play some beautiful accordion tunes and he might even sing. https://mikeadcock.com
Pete Omelette is a pianist and trumpet player and leader of the Sunday Shoes an improvising and drone ensemble who specialise in playing improvised scores for short films. “Pete’s trumpet journeying from jazz-mute musings and trombone impressions to free-improv.” (Dann Chinn, Misfit City)
Madrona and Guests
MADRONA is a collaborative duo with a combined passion for melancholic drone music and the sublime. The band is named after the copper-coloured Arbutus tree native to the Pacific coast of North America. Using the alphabet for sport, MADRONA recordings begin with A (Alone with a crow and a pylon, 2017) and have so far reached D. Live performances are spontaneous affairs, as recordings tend to involve a pump organ, where members of the public are invited to fill in for the harmonium with field sounds.
This year Madrona have invited friends to join them to perform the ‘Drinking and Hooting Machine’ by John White. The group is split into 4 sub groups and given a bottle of liquid. They then follow basic drinking instructions (gulp, swig, sip) and hooting (blowing over the bottle). Everyone has different instructions so the bottles empty at different speed this creates a variety of tones there are no set rhythms, or tempo but eventually with all the bottles empty the piece ends.