Night Blindness w/ Ekaterina Bazhenova Yamasaki, Sinemis, Chantal Michelle, Laila Sakini

IKLECTIK presents,

Night Blindness
w/ Ekaterina Bazhenova-Yamasaki, Sinemis, Chantal Michelle, Laila Sakini & Jessa Carter

Tuesday 14 December 2021 | 8pm [7:30pm doors] – Open till late!

Tickets: £10 Early Bird / £13 Advance / £15 General Admission

An evening of live performances from three experimental / ambient / avant-garde female artists in celebration of the release of Chantal Michelle’s debut LP, Night Blindness on Quiet Time Tapes. Visuals provided by Jessa Carter and DJ set by Laila Sakini to close the night.


Ekaterina Bazhenova Yamasaki (Live performance)
Sinemis (Live performance)
Chantal Michelle (Live performance)
Laila Sakini (DJ)
Jessa Carter (Visuals)

Chantal Michelle

Ph Andres Altamirano

Based between New York City and Mexico City, Chantal Michelle uses sound as a way to describe images both real and imagined. Her compositions are lush, densely textured, and transportive, incorporating acoustic and electronic instrumentation as well as field recordings and voice. In 2019, Chantal released her first LP, Aunis, as half of the experimental electronic project Pétra. Aunis was lauded by The Guardian, who called it a “virtually unprecedented palette of synth sounds,” while drawing comparisons to Aphex Twin and Steve Reich. She has performed live internationally, notably at MUTEK (supporting Kelly Moran and Apparat), Het HEM, SET, Commend, and YuYu. Her debut solo LP, Night Blindness, will be released on Quiet Time Tapes in December 2021.


Ph credit: Ozge Cone

Sinemis is the new ambient & electronica project from Istanbul-born, London-based producer Sine Buyuka. Spreading the sounds of the Turkish ney flute subtly on top of airily layered textures and synths, it features music that gently flits between the East and West, very much like her hometown. Sine Buyuka worked as a culture, arts and sports journalist, hosted a radio show and DJ’ed in her hometown Istanbul before moving to London in 2012. She runs the experimental electronic and avant-ambient label Injazero Records. She has freelanced for outlets like Dazed, Time Out Istanbul, the Ransom Note, the BBC. She is currently a graduate student at Guildhall doing an MA in electronic music. Her previous projects have been featured in outlets like Clash, NTS, Resident Advisor, Dummy Mag, Wonderland…

Ekaterina Bazhenova-Yamasaki

Ekaterina Bazhenova-Yamasaki is an interdisciplinary artist who lives and works between London and Los Angeles. Her pivot into experimental sound happened in 2017 and in 2020 she released a debut LP, SMDSii. In 2021 Ekaterina produced an über- minimalistic Take1v2 single for a compilation Continuing A Worn Out Tradition II. At the moment she is working on her current sound project which was exclusively previewed on Movement Radio.

Laila Sakini

Ph credit: Suleika Mueller

Multi-instrumentalist, producer and DJ Laila Sakini hails from Melbourne’s diverse music scene, but currently dwells in London, her on and off home over the past few years. Her work combines sounds reminiscent of her personal history in both cities and the resultant dislocation of being frequently in-between. Her debut solo album Vivienne on Total Stasis was commended for its emotional breadth and elucidating ennui using a modest palette of piano, electronics and voice, earning Laila a place on many “best albums of 2020” lists. Surrounding this are significant sentimental forays in the form of various releases: Strada, Into the Traffic and Under the Moonlight, all on Boomkat Editions, as well as soundtracking spoken word poetry (collaborating with Melbourne poet Lucy Van) and a romantic mixtape through Purely Physical Teeny Tapes. Practicing classical piano as a child and shifting into a club DJ in her early 20s, Laila has performed worldwide across all forms of spaces, galleries and festivals and often gracing radio stations from NTS to LYL, Dublab & Rinse FM. Since taking the step to incorporate composition and production into the mix, Boomkat have touted Laila as “producing some of the most vital and brittle music of our time”.

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