ALGO/MESH: THOR MAGNUSSON + HELEN PAPAIOANNOU
May
18
to May 19

ALGO/MESH: THOR MAGNUSSON + HELEN PAPAIOANNOU

From AlgoMech to Algo/Mesh -- pushing the strange art of partying forward, through algorithms and mechanisms.

Club night with Algorave and friends
£8 + booking fee
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8pm-2am, Sat 18 May 2019
DINA, 

32 Cambridge Street, Sheffield, S1 4HP

Thor Magnusson is a musician who likes to write music and musical instruments with code. Preferably live. He also likes to write about music, and recently a book called "Sonic Writing” was published by Bloomsbury Academic. He thinks and talks about music at the University of Sussex and makes music and other stuff as a member of the Experimental Music Technologies Lab.

Helen Papaioannou is a baritone/alto saxophonist and composer. She has a fascination with the dynamics of group interaction, and often works with game strategies in her collaborations. Her new solo project Halli Phron intertwines baritone/alto sax with electronics, and she is one half of the duo Garlic Hug, who combine found tapes, fields recordings, splintered beats, synth-sax skronk and interrupted drones.

https://algomech.com/2019/artists/thor-magnusson-and-helen-papaioannou/

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ALGOMECH FESTIVAL: Playground Rituals workshop
May
19
1:45 PM13:45

ALGOMECH FESTIVAL: Playground Rituals workshop

Hopscotch, Jump Rope, Rock Paper Scissors… Led by composer and improviser Helen Papaioannou, we’ll explore how the algorithms that govern these children’s games can be transformed into musical pieces. We’ll map their rules and possible outcomes onto graphic scores, and navigate these interaction patterns ourselves in musical performance. These games focus on signalling, group communication, memory and reflexes, as we work together to coordinate a human step sequencer. We’ll be developing the sounds together using an assortment of percussion and found objects.

This would be of interest to anyone who enjoys games or wonky rhythms, and particularly to those interested in group dynamics, performance or music. No musical or performance experience is required!

Feel free to bring percussion and sound makers (which don’t require amplification).

Following the workshop, we’ll perform the pieces that we develop in a short, informal performance.

https://algomech.com/2019/events/playground-rituals/

Access Space, 3-7 Sidney Street, S1 4RG

£5 + booking
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May
11
7:30 PM19:30

Merseyside Improvisors Orchestra plus Juxtavoices

A double bill of two adventurous large groups using improvisation and composition to create an exciting sound world.


The Merseyside Improvisors Orchestra was formed in January 2016 by Ged Barry with the aim of providing a focal point and meeting place for Merseyside’s adventurous, creative, musicians. Since forming the orchestra have collaborated with musicians such as, John Tilbury, Howard Skempton, Philip Jeck, Steve Beresford, Steve Boyland, Trevor Watts, Veryan Weston, Maggie Nicols, The London Improviser´s Orchestra and The Glasgow Improviser´s Orchestra. For this concert the group will be working with a group of Sheffield based improvisors.

Juxtavoices is an anti-choir of 25 mostly untrained voices whose repertoire includes members' own compositions and arrangements of classic modernist poems and found texts. Directed by Martin Archer and Alan Halsey Juxtavoices uniquely combines the outer reaches of improvised music and innovative poetry.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1385639301578968/

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Bokkusu for Access Space
Mar
29
7:00 PM19:00

Bokkusu for Access Space

Sound / performance group Bokkusu invite you to an evening of low-key high intensity music, on a date of note, with all proceeds being channelled towards Sheffield's very own access pioneers.

CHARLIE COLLINS waterphone & percussion
HELEN PAPAIOANNOU baritone saxophone
LYN HODNETT voice, instruments & objects
DEREK SAW trumpet & flugelhorn

The evening will consist of solo, duo, and quartet performances.

£5.00 entrance on the door.
All door proceeds to Access Space.

https://www.facebook.com/events/256502661899352/A benefit for Access Space

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Guttersnipe, Roman Nose & Helen Papaioannou
Feb
10
3:00 PM15:00

Guttersnipe, Roman Nose & Helen Papaioannou

https://www.facebook.com/events/1039595042893592/?notif_t=plan_user_invited&notif_id=1547242338957363

GUTTERSNIPE
Leeds duo wielding guitar, drums, electronics and voice to unleash brutal rainbow abstraction, smothering the Rock idiom in hyperaccelerated bioluminescent hysteria! Formed in 2014 with the initial aim of marrying the dislocated rhythms of no-wave and noise rock to the batshit insane solos from "Reek of Putrifaction" by Carcass and churning it out with the intensity of extreme free-jazz and punk. Guttersnipe have slowly developed into a brutalist power duo, hucking absurdist yelps and electro shock riffs across a skree of Moiré-ing patterns with the time dial set to 'loose'. The result is simultaneously uplifting and terrifying. Their debut LP 'My Mother The Vent' was released on Upset The Rhythm records towards the end of last year and was #4 in The Wire magazine's end of year chart.

ROMAN NOSE
'The most exact rationalisation of fifty years of vernacular underground music practices - free jazz, improvised music, punkish tape sprawl, fourth world psych-folk, noise and an entirely new world unto itself, rendering all cultural referents moot." Stuart Arnot, Total Vermin
"the ethos of Roman Nose is one of creative destruction […] a chorus of reed and electronic drones recalling ceremonial Japanese gagaku […] a ceremony for the summoning of a demon […] abrupt, dissonant harmonies struck by the bass and reeds capturing the spine-chilling quality of a Ligeti string quartet […] brutal and frenetic.” Andrew Trayford, Now Then Magazine
Debut LP came out right at the end of 2018 on Singing Knives / Humane Pyramid. Available here: http://singingknivesrecords.co.uk/roman-nose/

HELEN PAPAIOANNOU
A baritone/alto saxophonist and composer with a fascination with games and strategies for group interaction. Recent solo work intertwines baritone sax with sequenced sampled synths, playing with incessant, metronomic pulses and lines. She is one half of Garlic Hug, and has played as a member of the bands Beauty Pageant, HOKKETT, and PonPon.

£5 suggested donation to cover artist travel etc.
3pm start.

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Nov
22
2:00 PM14:00

Club Inégales presents: Expect the Unexpected II

Notes Inégales with composer/saxophonist Helen Papaioannou, saxophonist James Mainwaring and bassist Shri Sriram. 

“Expect the Unexpected II will see us collaborate on the night with three very special guests, who'll be putting our resident band notes Inégales to the test by each presenting them with freshly penned scores, to be seen by the band for the very first time on the night!”

Tickets here!

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Nov
7
8:00 PM20:00

Notes & Sounds

MIMAN

Miman is an improvising trio consisting of fiddler Hans Kjorstad, guitarist and clarinetist Andreas Røysum and bassist Egil Kalman; three of the most distinct and active young voices on the thriving Scandinavian improv scene.

HANS KJORSTAD   violin

ANDREAS ROYSUM   guitar & clarinet

EGIL KALMAN   bass

  

HELEN PAPAIOANNOU   baritone saxophone

GEOFF BRIGHT   bass saxophone

MICK BECK   bassoon

This unusual combination of reed instruments explore new sonorities and their bass desires. 

8:00pm (prompt start)       £5.00 / £3.00 on the door

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Mata Honors Claire Chase
Nov
2
6:30 PM18:30

Mata Honors Claire Chase

Ryan Muncy and Weston Olencki perform Helen Papaioannou’s In the Loop for bass trombone and tenor saxophone.

More about the event:

Join MATA at India House for an intimate evening with flutist, MacArthur fellow, and new music champion Claire Chase. On November 2, MATA honors Chase's contributions to our field with dinner, drinks, live performances, and more. Special performances by Carlos Aguilar, Ryan Muncy, Weston Olencki, and Ilaria Hawley performing music of Edgar Guzman, Helen Papaioannou, Ilaria Hawley, and Pauline Oliveros. Silent auction of unique items and experiences. An evening not to be missed!

Contact info@matafestival.org to learn more.

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Pak Yan Lau & Charlie Collins / Helen Papaioannou & Derek Saw
Oct
5
7:00 PM19:00

Pak Yan Lau & Charlie Collins / Helen Papaioannou & Derek Saw

Pak Yan Lau brings her intriguing soundworld to Access Space for a concert with multi-percussion player Charlie Collins, prior to her October appearances at Café Oto and Newcastle Jazz and Improvisation Festival. She employs diverse sound sources (built around multiple and disected toy pianos) and subtle processing – alluring, drifting, almost psychedelic at times – in combination with Collins other worldly waterphone and metal. Arresting sonic colour and a deep rhythmic sensitivity.

Also on the the bill is the duo of HELEN PAPAIOANNOU (baritone saxophone) and DEREK SAW (trumpet & flugelhorn). 

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Garlic Hug at Muzic Plus
Apr
22
to Apr 23

Garlic Hug at Muzic Plus

A second performance in Puglia!

Garlic Hug is a new duo project between Alessandro Altavilla and Helen Papaioannou, two composer/performers based in Sheffield. They like to make a racket of skronky baritone/alto sax, heavy garlic drones, field recordings, beats and chunky synth riffs.

MUZIC PLUS, Altamura, 17 via Lombardia, Bari (Italy)

 

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The Post Day of the Dead Ritual: Eugene Chadbourne & Special Guests
Nov
2
7:30 PM19:30

The Post Day of the Dead Ritual: Eugene Chadbourne & Special Guests

"From the USA, cult legend Eugene Chadbourne brings us sections of his fabled Post Day of the Dead Ritual suites of music for multiple performers. The suite is inspired by Chadbourne’s interest in Mexican culture and features Bristol musicans from all kind of fields playing specially composed music juxtaposed with improvisation and feats of magical thinking."

I'm excited to join Chadbourne's Post Day of the Dead band for this event!

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HOKKETT perform at In the Mood for Love
Sep
3
7:00 PM19:00

HOKKETT perform at In the Mood for Love

Hokkett (Tina Hitchens, Yvonna Magda, Helen Papaioannou) perform a live set prior to the showing of In the Mood for Love: Outdoor Cinema

Trinity & Come the Revolution bring together a double bill of classic films, food and music over two nights

Described as one of the greatest films of the 2000’s In the Mood for Love (original title Faa yeung nin wa), set in the early 1960s, is the story of two neighbours, a woman and a man, who form a strong bond after both suspect their spouses of extramarital activities.

While they find themselves increasingly attracted to each other, they refuse to give in to their feelings so as not to commit similar wrongs... but the passion is so tempting.

With its exquisite colour costume, poise and tone Wong Kar-wai’s In the Mood for Love will linger in the memory like a perfect kiss.


Film duration: 1hr 38min
Doors, food and our outside bar open from 7pm
Live music from 7.30pm
Film due to start at 8pm (when the sun sets!)
Screened as part of the cinematic, music and food double bill Lush:

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