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Monday, 22 January 2018

Steve Beresford / Blanca Regina / Olie Brice / Paul Khimasia Morgan


Sunrise: A Song Of Two Humans [1927] dir. F.W. Murnau

A married farmer falls under the spell of a femme fatale from the city, who tries to convince him to drown his wife, but desperation and turmoil ensues…

Sunrise deals with risqué themes such as obsession, temptation, lust and ultimately, redemption.  A naïve countryman living an idyllic, bucolic lifestyle with his wife and their young child.  The serenity is shattered when a beautiful femme fatale from the city enters his life.  He soon falls in love with her, aware for the first time that there may be more to the world than the life he has settled for.  As their secret passion intensifies, the femme fatale convinces the countryman to kill his wife so they can be together forever.  The countryman is then forced into a nightmarish decision…
Murnau was given complete artistic freedom by his financier William Fox and he took full advantage.  Sunrise is full of cutting edge special effects, mammoth sets, and a feeling of experimentalism that doesn’t get in the way of the narrative.  Fox’ investment paid off; at the very first Academy Awards in 1928, Sunrise won three Oscars; for Unique And Artistic Picture, Jane Gaynor won Best Actress, and Charles Rosher and Karl Struss for their ground-breaking cinematography.

Steve Beresford is a well-known member of the London improvising scene since the 1970s.  He has featured on a large number of recordings of improvised music and been involved with Alterations, Imitation Of Life, Derek Bailey’s Company events and with the Portsmouth Sinfonia.  Beresford has continued to play free improvisation with a number of prominent musicians including Evan Parker, John Zorn and Han Bennink.
Blanca Regina is an artist, teacher and curator currently involved in creating audio-visual performances, sound-works, installations and film.  Her research and practice encompass sound art, free improvisation, moving image, live events, electronic music and performance.  She is co-founder of the Live Cinema Foundation.
Olie Brice is a double bassist, improviser and composer.  He leads two groups – the Olie Brice Quintet and ‘Somersaults’, a trio with Tobias Delius and Mark Sanders.  He also plays in groups led by Paul Dunmall, Alex Ward and Dee Byrne among others.  He lives in Hastings.

Paul Khimasia Morgan is an improviser drawn to working with unorthodox instrumentation and technique.  He has worked in collaboration with Dan Powell as Brambling, and with sound artists Simon Whetham, Michael Fairfax and Joseph Young. His latest solo cd was released by Confront.  He curates Aural Detritus Concert Series, manages The Slightly Off Kilter Label and writes for The Sound Projector.

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Korkarlen short film



View Alessandro Vangi's short film documenting the adcs rkarlen (The Phantom Carriage) event at Kino-Teatr here:

Korkarlen at Kino-Teatr

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Körkarlen at Kino Teatr


Kino Teatr, Norman Road, St Leonards, East Sussex
Saturday 14th October 2017

Körkarlen (The Phantom Carriage) rated U
Sweden / 1921 / 106 mins / dir. Victor Sjöstrom

With a live score performed by Steve Beresford, Blanca Regina, Richard Sanderson and Paul Khimasia Morgan.
Support from Jason Kahn & Christian Wolfarth duo.

Originally released on New Year's Day 1921, Körkarlen is an early horror film, considered to be one of the central works in the history of Swedish cinema.  Directed by and starring Victor Sjöstrom, it is based on the novel, Thy Soul Shall Bear Witness! by Nobel Prize-winning author Selma Lagerlöf.  The film is notable for its use of special effects, complex narrative and its later influence on the directors Ingmar Bergman and Stanley Kubrick (The Shining).  The film’s protagonist, drunkard David Holm, tells of a legend that the last person to die each year has to drive Death’s Carriage to collect the souls of everyone who dies the following year, only for this macabre penance to be visited upon himself.

Steve Beresford is a well-known member of the London improvising scene since the 1970s.  He has featured on a large number of recordings of improvised music and been involved with Alterations, Imitation Of Life, Derek Bailey’s Company events and with the Portsmouth Sinfonia.  Beresford has continued to play free improvisation with a number of prominent musicians including Evan Parker, John Zorn and Han Bennink.
Blanca Regina is an artist, teacher and curator currently involved in creating audio-visual performances, sound-works, installations and film.  Her research and practice encompass sound art, free improvisation, moving image, live events, electronic music and performance.  She is co-founder of the Live Cinema Foundation.

Richard Sanderson is an improvising musician based in South London.  He runs the Linear Obsessional label for “experimental and improvised music and other sounds that fall between the cracks of category and genre”.




Paul Khimasia Morgan is an improviser drawn to working with unorthodox instrumentation and technique.  He curates Aural Detritus Concert Series, manages The Slightly Off Kilter Label and writes for The Sound Projector.






Jason Kahn & Christian Wolfarth [US/Switzerland] utilize voice and percussion.  Wolfarth's cymbal work often resembles a multitude of oscillators buzzing in and out of phase and Kahn's use of the voice could be mistaken for white noise or a failing distortion pedal.


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