In lieu of free live shows at the neighborhood library, we’re doing free live shows via twitch! The next show is on Sunday February 7 at 2pm (CST/UTC-06), join us!
Bleak House produce crumbly, autumnal library music; flickering guitars, stumbling piano, mournful horns, and pattering percussion. Formed in 2001 by British musicians Luke Sample, Andy Brain, and Caroline Vile, who are also involved in other bands (e.g. Keshco, Vile Brain Samples), the Bleak House palette is distinctly sepia-tinged.
Their first album, Music From The Middle Room was released by Silent Flow in 2011; a follow-up, Outwardly was released by Pan y Rosas Discos in 2019. They are working on a new EP, and also a retrospective of unreleased early recordings.
For this performance recorded earlier in the week, they tried collaborating via a telephone link-up, and also recording separately, in their Bleak Houses.
Dario Fariello is a multi-instrumentalist improviser based in Oslo. Born in Naples in 1987, plays saxophones, viola, harps and electronics. He cofounded Multiversal, a nomad festival series featuring a wide international network of improv and noise musicians. With Norbert Stammberger he organizes the yearly improvised music meeting “Tubax Super Session”, in Munich, dedicated to the tubax saxophone and other special instruments.
Marina Poleukhina is a composer, improviser, and performer. Born in St. Petersburg in 1989. Graduated at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with V. Tarnopolski; Kunstuniversität Graz with C. Gadenstätter. Her music is published on the labels Pan y Rosas, Topot and “da_sein_rec.” Her albums Puinen Neon Itku, Songs about trees and Partly Cloudy are fruits of these collaborations, as much as the concert series “real time music,” which she organized.
Alexander Chernyshkov is a composer, performer and improviser. Studies composition at the Vienna University with Chaya Czernowin, Karlheinz Essl and Clemens Gadenstätter. He experiments actively in building unique new instruments of strictly acoustical and mechanical origin using long tubes to transform the wind instruments or using motors, relays and electromagnets as vibrating sources. His main focus is the composition and practice of the performative, musical theatre, which is being referred as Error Theatre.
Vladimir Gorlinsky (1984, Moscow) is a composer, an improviser, an author of spatial compositions and sound installations. He graduated from the Moscow Conservatory (prof. Vladimir Tarnopolski), after graduation he taught at the department of contemporary music. Vladimir is the author of lectures on the history and practice of composition and improvisation (Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod Conservatories, NCCA Moscow, SOTA, Meyerhold Center; Pro Arte and the Sound Museum in St. Petersburg; University of Haifa).
The group will present their piece drive in 4 trees. About which they write: WHAT is the space? WHERE is the space? HOW does the music language transforms and expresses itself?
Being far away from each other in a totally different environment, sitting between the corners or imagining corners inside, we began to explore the space below and above the things that surround us. We found out that the distance does not exist and the space constantly breathes, changing the shape.
In each of our conversations we were bringing something new to the piece, that came out of the absorption of the occurred situation. We were exploring the „environment“ of each other and expanding the borders of the music language. The video as well as the audio issues are turned into inspiration and become part of the „game“. What you see and hear is a very complex piece, where improvisation and composition are going strongly together.