The Australian composer will deliver a sermon of noise at St. John at Hackney Church in London tonight
Ben Frost is set to present a live performance from his latest solo album ‘A U R O R A‘ tonight. The event marks the final edition of the St. John Sessions for 2014. The visceral album, released by Mute/Bedroom Community earlier this year was inspired by the large Hadron Collider and also a trip to the Congo alongside visual artist Richard Mosse. The same trip that birthed the award winning project ‘The Enclave’. Frost’s critically acclaimed performance will be accompanied by live drumming and a light show that promises to shake the hallowed performance space within the walls of a disused church.
Also on the bill are avant-garde American filmmaker and minimal pioneer Tony Conrad and Room40 artist John Chantler. Conrad, who has been associated with The Velvet Underground in the past will give a rare solo violin performance which you can get a taste for here and Chantler will adapt his unique modular set up to incorporate the church’s own magnificent Mander organ which promises to be something truly special. “Because the room is so big, you get a Doppler effect as it traverses the room, so it does weird pitch stuff on its own and it’ll still do that even when the room is full of people.” Chandler told Fact earlier this week.
The St. John Sessions are a series of concerts with at the aim of showcasing of the most avantgarde musicians and sonic visionaries in contemporary today music within the beautiful setting of St John at Hackney church. Previous editions have included Actress, Shackleton and Demdike Stare, Tim Hecker, Vessel & Pete Swanson, Julia Holter, Lonnie Hollie & Holly Herndon amongst others.
For more information and tickets for tonight’s event, see here
Check out the video for Regis’ edit of ‘Nolan’ from Frost’s latest EP ‘V A R I A N T’ to be released on Mute/Bedroom Community in December below