Zyla (meta)label launch
Wednesday 21 September 2022 | Doors: 8pm | First act: 8:30pm
Our outdoor Kiosk is open from 6pm
Tickets: £8 Early Bird / £10 Advance / £15 OTD https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/zyla-metalabel-launch-tickets-377820209417
A night of experimental music, short films, and contemporary art to launch Zyla, a new multidisciplinary (meta)label.
Zyla is part of a global network of metalabels: organisations expanding the record label concept to encompass multiple modes of creativity and methods of release.
Founded and curated by composer/guitarist/producer Alex Roth, Zyla presents projects that combine music, visual art, literature, live performance and digital experiences. Releases take myriad forms across both existing platforms and emerging spaces such as web3 and the metaverse. Zyla’s curatorial practice manifests as Scenes: rosters of artists collaborating across disciplines to form ad hoc collectives.
Tonight Zyla launches Scene 1 with the release of the label’s first two EPs and an array of interconnected works including live performance, two short films, a suite of NFT drops, and an exhibition of drawings.
Exhibition: Jacqueline Nicholls (drawing, animation), Miriam Gamble (poetry)
Screening: Rūta Pužaitė (film), Kasia Witek (choreography), Alex Roth and Alice Purton (music)
Performance: Alex Roth (guitar, electronics) and Alice Purton (cello)
Screening: Arturo Bandinelli (film) and Celina Liesegang (choreography)
Born in Detroit, raised in London and now based in Kraków, Alex Roth is a composer, guitarist, producer and interdisciplinary collaborator who over the last decade has earned a reputation as “one of contemporary music’s most innovative and impressive talents” (musicOMH). His diverse body of work encompasses improvised solo performances; orchestral compositions; scores for dance, theatre and film; and leading numerous bands. He has collaborated with some of Europe’s leading experimental musicians, such as John Butcher, Arve Henriksen, Savina Yannatou, Kit Downes, Mikolaj Trzaska and Olga Szwajgier.
A filmmaker that is turning towards the light; observing – in awe – the way it falls, reflects, shapes, enhances and hides. Its softness and sharp angles, the way it bounces off the windows to the walls of opposing buildings, the way it is caught by the eyes. A listener, above all: of stories in whatever form they come, striving to notice and document the fragile human moments before they fade.
Miriam Gamble is a poet and essayist from Northern Ireland. She’s published three collections of poems with Bloodaxe Books: The Squirrels Are Dead (2010), Pirate Music (2014) and What Planet (2019). The Squirrels Are Dead won a Somerset Maugham Award; What Planet received the 2020 Pigott Poetry Prize. Miriam lectures in Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh and has been working, most recently, on a volume of personal/lyric essays.
Alice Purton is a London-based cellist and vocalist equally at home with experimental contemporary music, improvisation, classical chamber music and folk music. As a member of Distractfold, Plus Minus Ensemble, Ensemble Kopernikus and Trio Atem, she has performed at such festivals as Maerzmusik (Berlin); Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival; Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt; Spectrum (New York); ESS (Chicago); Warsaw Autumn; and No Hay Banda (Montreal). Alice has collaborated with singers such as Jamie Cullum, Alice Zawadzki and Ana Silvera; and recorded for composers including Mica Levi, Bobby Krlic (The Haxan Cloak) and Jon Opstad.
Arturo Bandinelli is an independent filmmaker, researcher, and psychoanalyst-in-training. In his academic and creative practice, he investigates the relationship between subjectivity and otherness, gaze and identity, sexual politics and bodies. He studied Film at London College of Communication (University of the Arts), Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck University, and he is currently completing his psychoanalytic formation at CFAR London.
Celina Liesegang is a London based multidisciplinary artist, specialising in Dance, Choreography and Music. Her work has been presented both nationally and internationally in venues including Südpol Luzern (CH), Linbury Studio Theatre (Royal Opera House), Robin Howard Dance Theatre (The Place), Victoria and Albert Museum,Peckham Space, South London Gallery, Galeria Walk&Talk (PO) and the Sharon Disney Lund Dance Theatre (USA).
Jacqueline Nicholls is a London based artist whose art practice explores writing and language as human embodied acts of engaging with the world. Her glyph drawings play with sticks and shadows that evoke potential letter forms. Jacqueline initially trained as an architect, and then went on to study Fine Art. She has an MA (Distinction) in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins, UAL. In 2021, she was awarded 1st place in Poetry in Streetcake Experimental Writing Prize for her visual poetry. She has exhibited internationally, and her art is held in private and public collections.
Kasia is a Polish-born UK-based dance artist and choreographer. Her work spans installation, video, theatre and outdoor performance. Human kinship with the non-human environment is a central theme in much of her work. Her deep passion for music permeates all of her projects and she often collaborates closely with composers and musicians to create multi-sensory experiences. Among others she performed at the UN Climate Conference COP24, the Roundhouse, V&A Museum, and the London Symphony Orchestra. She is currently working on a new play for the National Theatre in Krakow, Poland.
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