Music + Art + Technology
10 - 20 March 2016
Following the success of the sold out Apparat ‘Soundtracks Live’ event at the Barbican in November, Convergence is delighted to announce the first acts for its 2016 programme: of Montreal, Lamb, The Gaslamp Killer, !!! chk chk chk, Darkstar, Omar Souleyman, Clap! Clap!, Simbiosi, Larry Gus, KUTMAH, The Herbaliser’s Night of Future-Funk featuring Rodney P and The Correspondents.
Now in its third year, Convergence is an established series of events, celebrating musical pioneers, visual artists and technologists. Convergence has taken over some of London’s most iconic venues including, Barbican, Royal Festival Hall, St John-at-Hackney Church, Troxy and Village Underground. This year, Convergence adds two of London’s favourite locations to its programme of events - Roundhouse and KOKO.
In 2016, Convergence also takes its first step as a producer of bespoke concerts. Pieces of a Man: The Gil Scott-Heron Project is a celebration of the life and legacy of the legendary American soul and jazz poet, musician, and author. Under the musical direction of The Invisible's Dave Okumu, guest vocal artists including Jamie Woon, Kwabs, Loyle Carner, Gwilym Gold and many more, will recast Gil Scott-Heron's music in contemporary soul, funk and hip hop.
Produced in association with Roundhouse and XL Recordings, this event is the culmination of a day of talks, screenings and performances which will take place at the Roundhouse on Sunday 13 March. More information about the satellite events will be announced soon.
Quote from Glenn Max, Festival Director
“While there is no single theme to this year’s array of installations, talks, and concerts, a recurring idea is the re-materialisation of culture beyond its digital vaporisation. Technology provides all of the instruments for innovation but -- for it to mean something to our human culture -- we need the disruptive ingenuity and emotional investment of artists.
Technology wants us to be clean, carefully quantised and perfectly composed, but it is when artists break the rules that we are compelled and delighted. We want our relationship with music and art to be messy, tangled and sprawling. Convergence is a many-headed beast led by heroic innovators, fiery personalities and evocative voices that are masters, rather than slaves, to the algorithm.”
With support from Arts Council England in 2015, Convergence hosted 30+ artists and 14 shows over ten days, across five venues. Festival highlights included Pantha Du Prince, Kiasmos, Andy Stott, Matthew Herbert, George Clinton, Gary Numan and Tricky.
2015 was also the official launch of Convergence Sessions, a three day programme of discussions, installations and workshops in partnership with Mixcloud, Barbican Guildhall’s Young Arts Academy and Ableton.
Convergence Sessions will return in 2016 and is pleased to work with its existing partners once more (Barbican Guildhall Young Art’s Academy, Three Beards and Mixcloud), in addition to new partners, Cyland, Goldsmiths and Makerversity. Convergence Sessions will create an immersive playground of ideas, comprising a dynamic programme of talks and experiential education workshops, showcasing innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship in arts and technology. More information to be announced soon.
Praise for Convergence
“An embarrassment of riches...The talent amassed here is so witty and brutal” The Guardian
“Finally we might be able to visit an actual cathedral of sound” The Guardian
“The forward - thinking spring series packs a seriously good line-up' Time Out
“The Convergence organisers have eclipsed their ambitious commissions. They have amassed a global operation into a set of London venues that have altered the trajectory of electronic music and what role technology will play in the future.” Crack
“An expertly curated festival” DJ Mag
“Triumphant” The Quietus
“Convergence festival brings some of the most forward-thinking electronic artists to London” Monocle
'A celebration of sound effects in electronic music' Metro
'A significant highlight on London's cultural horizon' The Ransom Note
Shows confirmed so far
Convergence Opening Party: !!! (chk chk chk) plus more tba
Thurs 10 March 7pm, Village Underground
Early bird £14 General release £16 Final release £17.50
The Correspondents produced Soundcrash in association with Convergence
Saturday 12 March, 7.30pm, Village Underground
Early bird £15.50 General Release £17.50
Pieces of a Man: The Gil Scott-Heron Project
Sun 13 March 7pm, Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH
Box Office: 0300 6789 222 / www.roundhouse.org.uk
£25 (Balcony seating) £30 (Stalls standing)
Tickets for this show go onsale to Roundhouse members on Tuesday 1 December, and on general sale on Thursday 3 December. See www.convergence-london.com for more details.
of Montreal + Larry Gus
Mon 14 March 7.30pm, Village Underground
Early bird £15 General release £17.50
Omar Souleyman + Clap! Clap!
Wed 16 March 7pm, KOKO
Early bird £13.50 General release £15.50
The Herbaliser’s Night of Future-Funk featuring Rodney P, plus support tba
Wed 16 March 7.30pm, Village Underground
Early bird £13.50 General release £15
Lamb, plus support tba
Thurs 17 March 7pm, Troxy
Stalls standing £25 Front row balcony £25 Booths £25 Tiered seating £22.50
The Gaslamp Killer Experience, plus support tba
Fri 18 March 7pm (Early Show - full live band show), Village Underground
Early bird £13 General release £15 Combo ticket £25 (allows entry to both the early & late show)
The Gaslamp Killer (DJ Set), KUTMAH plus more tba
Fri 18 March 10pm (Late Show), Village Underground
Early bird £14 General release £16 Combo ticket £25 (allows entry to both the early & late show)
Tickets for all shows are available via www.convergence-london.com
Notes for editors:
* Tickets available from www.convergence-london.com
* Full details of the conference programme - speakers & panelists to be announced
* Third year of the multi-venue series of events focusing on art, technology and music
* Promoters involved with the event include: Rockfeedback, Soundcrash
* Event Partners: British Council Canada, Songkick (official ticketing partner)
* Media partner: Last.FM, NTS Radio, The Quietus