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Two days (well, a day and a half!) until I host and perform at what promises to be an awesome gig! Croydon come on down

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Live in Croydon

Good evening all!

You may already know that I am planning a gig in my home town of Croydon, South London. I’ve been playing with this idea for some time, the number of great musicians and composers who I’ve met through twitter, or just interacted with online, is one of the great pleasures of social media for me, and I wanted to be able to help share some of their music. A month or two ago, I realised that I was now in a position to at least try to do this. The result is a concert on Saturday 3rd of August, which I have called A Whispered Shout. For some years I have had the phrase “sometimes a whisper is louder than a shout” in my head. I am not entirely sure where it comes from. (It’s a quote from something or other, I’m just not sure what!)

The venue is a wonderful cafe and co-working space which is also at the heart of Croydon’s art scene. I’m really excited to be performing there and think it’s exactly the kind of place to present an eclectic selection of contemporary musicking*, which is my aim. 

I’ll blog more about what I plan to play myself nearer the time, but here are some details of the fantastic performers who will be there. It’s awesome that they’ve all agreed to play, and I think each brings a passionate engagement with the making of new music and a dedication to their craft which will help create a special event. There’s a deliberate eclecticism in the music which will be presented, I hope to offer a selection which will provide something new for almost any listener!

Carya Amara

A project of Birmingham based electronic musician Kevin Busby, Carya Amara takes delight in variety and does not settle in one genre. It began in 1980, with performances since 1999.

Chrissie Caulfield

is a classically trained violinist who performs in both rock bands and orchestras. Her innovative solo works explore the compositional possibilities of amplification and effects.

Norah Lorway

is a live coding performer, composer and programmer. She creates complex and subtle works and has performed as part of BEAST, BiLE and BEER. She recently founded Xylem Records.

Lauren Redhead

is a composer and researcher interested in the aesthetics and sociology of music. She will be presenting a selection of contemporary classical works.

Stuart Russell

is a composer who works with electronics and conventional instrumentation. He uses computers to extend the possibilities of composition and create music of haunting beauty.

I hope it’s clear from all I have said that I think this will be a fantastic afternoon, a gig I would like to go to. There is a facebook event page which I’ll be keeping updated, if you’d like to invite people on their that would be especially helpful, the more people know about the event the better!

Tickets are currently available at a special low rate of £5, only these tickets will be at this price!

I hope to see as many of you as possible there :)

much love

Sam

*yes this is a real word

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House concerts

Good morning good morning good morning etc
I have been thinking for a while that I ought to try to play live more, but that I’m not sure my music really fits into conventional pub-gig kind of setups. In fact, I have my doubts about that whole approach to live music anyway. There’s probably a separate blogpost in that, but suffice to say I think they often fail to deliver a fully satisfying musical experience.
I have been thinking about house concerts for some time. They seem to be a pretty well developed phenomenon in the US, but less so over here although there are exceptions to this. I’m attracted to the idea of just being able to turn up with a guitar and play to a group of people ready to listen. There also seems to be a higher possibility of making a bit of money from this approach (notoriously difficult for those starting out in ‘conventional’ gigging).
Another point that appeals to me is that, except in unusually large houses (!), I’d be able to play purely acoustically. Too much of the music we hear comes to us via PA systems, it’d be nice to reconnect with truly acoustic sounds.
All that said, this can only really happen if people invite me to do it! So if you’re reading this thinking that it sounds intriguing, maybe you could host one. I don’t mind playing to small numbers, so you almost certainly do have room! I would like to make some money from this, exactly how we approach this (paying in advance or ‘passing the hat’ for example) I’d be happy to discuss and be flexible on. I’m currently based in South London but plan to move to Leicester in the next couple of months. I will consider going anywhere but I will need to cover my costs! If you’re far away/abroad do still get in touch, in the long run I’m sure we could arrange something. If you’re thinking it could all be a bit scary, check out some of the links below.
As I’ve said, part of the attraction is turning up and playing acoustically. If, however, you’re more interested in some of my electronic music, we could totally talk about that too ;)
Thanks for reading, hoping to hear from you soon
Sam
Some house concert links:
Steve Lawson: http://www.stevelawson.net/2009/03/house-concert-hosting-a-beginners-guide/
Emily Baker: http://emilybaker.co.uk/houseconcerts/
Concerts In Your Home guide: http://www.concertsinyourhome.com/CIYH_HouseConcertGuidex.pdf (I’m definitely willing to play to fewer than twenty people btw)
Marian Call: http://mariancall.wordpress.com/2010/03/22/house-concerts-101/

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