PETE UM – A BRITISH PASSPORT
Pete Um’s music finds itself nestled between different British pop, autodidact and avante traditions. Mark Perry’s diaristic oddities, the spoken-word absurdity of the Bohman Brothers and Bowie’s more stripped back numbers come to mind, but Pete is on an island of his own, broadcasting laconic waves of malaise, reminding us that we’re not alone in this mess. Attempts to define his personality provoke his peers to phrases like…”…Um is an electro-dadaist pop star peddling audio anxiety and monomania from the digital kitchen sink …Um is the glint in Delia Derbyshire’s eye as she puts Kurt Schwitters and Julian Cope to the razor blade …Absolute belter of oddball proportions…”
DUNCAN CHAPMAN, SUPRIYA NAGARAJAN & RHODRI DAVIES – SLOWLY DRIFTING
Throughout 2020 and continuing in 2021 Supriya Nagarajan and Duncan Chapman have been creating a series of trio online collaborative performances with musicians from across the world. Starting out as a way of staying in touch by inviting existing collaborators to send a 30 minute recording of them playing, singing or recording their environment the project has grown into a regular series of live-streamed events. Combining shared recordings with live Carnatic singing from Supriya and live electronic manipulation / instrumental sounds from Duncan and broadcast on social media with an accompanying movie, slideshow or imagery generated from the sound.