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Convergence 2017

Music + Art + Technology

21 - 25 March 2017

London

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Convergence unveils new names including Kode9, Mica Levi DJ, Lone ft. Konx-om-Pax, Pional, Yves Tumor, Daniel Lanois, Nosaj Thing, Tyondai Braxton, Klein, Dawn of Midi, Nkisi, Noga Erez, Scientific Dreamz of U and Radiophonic Workshop ft. Andrew Weatherall + White Noise + Orka + DJ Ben Osbourne to join:

Sunn O))), Coldcut, Manuel Göttsching, The Ash Ra Tempel Experience ft. Ariel Pink, Oren Ambarchi & Shags Chamberlain, Shobaleader One, Jacques Greene (live), Actress (live), Austra, Formation, Gonjasufi, Rival Consoles, Randomer, Raime, Hildur Guðnadóttir, 47SOUL, Flamingods, and Cairo Liberation Front.


Convergence Sessions include talks from: Native Instruments, Marshmallow Laser Feast, Another Space, onedotzero, Carroll/Fletcher, ELEKTRA, Punchdrunk, Nelly Ben Hayoun, Nuits Sonores, Julie Freeman, Circa69, the Barbican Centre and the V&A.


Convergence returns in 2017 for its fourth edition. Held annually in March, the festival has entertained & educated over 100,000 attendees across London since its inception in 2014, facilitating an active dialogue around performance and technology, and providing a platform for unusual projects, one-off special events and collaborations featuring emerging artists and established pioneers.


Convergence 2017 takes place from 21- 25 March in venues across London including Barbican, Electric Brixton, KOKO, Village Underground, Scala, Jazz Cafe, XOYO and Behind The Bike Shed.


The festival kicks off with an eclectic opening night of three shows, including a sold out performance from celebrated Seattle masters of extreme drone Sunn O))). The band bring their arrhythmic blend of metal, ambient, noise and minimalistic music to the Barbican Centre, with an opening performance by Icelandic composer Hildur Guðnadóttir, presenting modern classical pieces for voice and cello. Meanwhile at Village Underground, Erased Tapes favourite Rival Consoles explores a darker space with his arresting compositions for the Opening Party, while Tel Aviv underground artist and City Slang newcomer, Noga Erez will showcase her searing super-powered brand of avant pop. South London sensations, Formation celebrate their debut album release “Look At The Powerful People” with their biggest headline show to date at XOYO. Expect cowbells, crowd surfing and politically charged post-punk grooves.


Wednesday 22nd March finds Convergence back at the Barbican, for a night with influential German innovator and composer Manuel Göttsching (Ash Ra Tempel, later Ashra) with two of his projects in an exciting double-bill. The Ash Ra Tempel Experience featuring the stellar line-up of Ariel Pink, Shags Chamberlain, Oren Ambarchi and Manuel Göttsching, performing original titles from the Ash Ra Tempel albums, Schwingungen and Seven Up (both from 1972). Manuel also performs his seminal,  electronic music landmark album, ''E2-E4'' in its entirety in a rare solo performance. The album gained a great deal of attention at the end of the 80s in the house, techno and dance-floor scenes and was remixed, name-checked and sampled by dozens of bands and DJs and remains as influential today, 35 years later. At Village Underground, Toronto dark synth pop star, Austra sends out a call for radical hope with compelling, disciplined anthems from her third and most formidable album to date “Future Politics”.


It’s a busy night for Convergence with a further two events in Camden on Wednesday 22nd March. At KOKO, Daniel Lanois headlines a top-notch line up of America’s most inventive musicians. The veteran sound architect will perform a solo instrumental set of songs from his critically acclaimed new album “Goodbye to Language”. Vast and grand-sounding atmospheres will be created from intermingling pedal and lap steel guitars. Lanois is joined by LA beat scene producer Nosaj Thing and the art rock composer and former Battles frontman, Tyondai Braxton who brings together electronic and modern orchestral elements in his rousing new solo show. Using sophisticated rhythmic structures from North and West African folk traditions, Brooklyn-based acoustic ensemble, Dawn of Midi open the evening with their sonic tapestry of trance-inducing grooves.


Over at the Jazz Cafe on Wednesday, legendary electronic pioneers, Radiophonic Workshop are joined by innovator, DJ and producer Andrew Weatherall, and White Noise - the band behind the groundbreaking 1969 LP An Electric Storm. Completing the line-up are Nordic Grammy winning act Orka, who’ll perform in collaboration with DJ Ben Osborne.


Thursday 23rd March at Village Underground sees Tom Jenkinson, aka Squarepusher in his current form as Shobaleader One, present a catalogue featuring thrilling classics from albums like “Hard Normal Daddy” and “Music Is Rotted One Note” whilst Flamingods provide an opening explosion of vibrant Eastern and African sounds filtered through their psychedelic prism.


Meanwhile that same Thursday night, original cut ‘n’ paste mavericks Coldcut take over Electric Brixton with their unstoppable energy and hip-hop infused club jams. The Ninja Tune founders, who celebrate their 30th anniversary in 2017, headline a curated line-up including Hyperdub mastermind and label boss Kode9 and San Diego’s toaster-mystic, Gonjasufi, who will deliver his singular hazy global-synthesis to Convergence with a blisteringly intense performance.


While over at the Scala, Convergence joins forces with festival promoters Continental Drifts, to present an exhilarating bill in the determined spirit of the Arab Spring with 47SOUL and Cairo Liberation Front leading the way in producing new sounds drawing on diverse Arabic influences.

On Friday 24th March at Village Underground, Actress performs a live set of industrial and avant-electronica, taking the audience on a genre-bending journey through dystopianism. Raime start the night with an exploration into the DNA of dub-techno, garage, grime and post-hardcore rock music.

Fresh from the announcement of the Oscar nomination for Best Original Score at the 2017 Academy Awards for her work on "Jackie", musical polymath Mica Levi joins the line-up for a rare DJ set.

Closing the night is North London producer Randomer, stitching together modern bass with classic techno and less esoteric 4/4 rhythms.


As part of Native Instruments’ showcase at Convergence Sessions on Saturday 25th March, Klein, Nkisi and Scientific Dreamz of U will perform intimate sets at Behind the Bike Shed.


The festival goes out with a bang on Saturday night with the Closing Party at Electric Brixton, curated by the inventive shape-shifting producer, Jacques Greene, who has breathed new life into house music with his inspired collaborations and dazzling original releases and remixes. Jacques Greene invites an eclectic crew of friends and contemporaries to celebrate his diverse range of influences and inspirations. With a reputation for a fearless and flamboyant sonic palette, Lone makes “ambitious modern dance music” (The Guardian). He will be joined by frequent collaborator and audio-visual designer, Konx-om-Pax. Yves Tumor’s “Serpent Music” stood out as one of 2016’s most idiosyncratic debuts that won him international acclaim. As an associate of Mykki Blanco, the Tennessee-born, Turin-based singer, producer and performance artist explores sounds that oscillate between blissed out soul and dissonant experimental soundscapes. His live show promises to be both invigorating and confrontational. Young Spanish producer Pional brings his deep, compulsive brand of electronics to a Brixton audience. After rising to prominence through his production and live collaborations with John Talabot, his recent EP “When Love Hurts” on Ninja Tune sub-label Counter, signal new sonic adventures in the midst. All this and a dizzying headline live show from Jacques Greene playing never-heard-before material.


Convergence Sessions 2017

Convergence Sessions gives change-makers, groundbreakers and risk takers a chance to share thoughts, collaborate and interact with like-minded individuals and discuss how people and ideas are shaping the future of technology.

The programme focuses on the countless opportunities in store for industry pioneers and curious creatives alike, and how using cutting-edge creativity can carve a positive path in this new era of uncertainty.


The series of lively discussions, immersive workshops, film screenings and DJ sets takes place on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th March in its new home, Behind The Bike Shed on Old Street in Shoreditch.


Convergence Sessions includes performances by: Klein, Nkisi and Scientific Dreamz of U; plus talks from: Native Instruments, Marshmallow Laser Feast, Another Space, onedotzero, Carroll/Fletcher, ELEKTRA, Punchdrunk, Nelly Ben Hayoun, Nuits Sonores, Julie Freeman, Circa69, the Barbican Centre and the V&A.


Visual Arts

Convergence is proud to have developed a new relationship with Carroll/Fletcher, a leading platform for contemporary art with an emphasis on socio-political work using new technologies. Together Convergence and Carroll/Fletcher will commission new work to be installed in the iconic Great Eastern Wall Gallery. The Great Eastern Wall Gallery is passed by over 10 million visitors a year, making it one of London’s most viewed exhibition spaces.


On Convergence, Artistic Director, Glenn Max says:


To the casual participant, music and arts-culture has been built on big headlines that captured a defining cultural moment that could be shared across international cities and, in some cases, across continents. But a steady undercurrent has always thrived representing a rich proliferation of ideas often in total disregard of the mainstream.


In recent years, with the atomisation of the music industry combined with the exponential growth of accessible digital information, the mainstream has lost its power as a cohesive arbiter of widespread culture. The internet's democratisation of ideas has opened offering a broader array and a more personal engagement with the underground. Today what was once fringe is now easily accessed and increasingly palatable in the diet of the arts consumer.


Amongst our line-up one can find top-tier innovators who have worked determinedly in their specialist areas but whose work deserves wider appreciation. Convergence celebrates this 'Triumph of the Niche' and we invite you to share and experience the digital as physical in shared spaces across London.


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Convergence Shows


Tuesday 21 March

Convergence Opening Party: Rival Consoles + Noga Erez

Village Underground

19:00 doors

23:00 curfew


Tuesday 21 March

Sunn O))) + Hildur Guðnadóttir

Barbican

19:30 doors

22:30 curfew

www.barbican.org.uk

Produced by Barbican in association with Convergence


Tuesday 21 March

Formation + special guests

XOYO

20:00 doors

23:00 curfew

Produced by EYOE & SJM Concerts in association with Convergence


Wednesday 22 March

Manuel Göttsching performs ''E2-E4'' / The Ash Ra Tempel Experience featuring Ariel Pink, Oren Ambarchi & Shags Chamberlain

Barbican

19:30 doors

22:30 curfew

www.barbican.org.uk

Produced by Barbican in association with Convergence

Wednesday 22 March

Austra + support

Village Underground

19:30 doors

22:30 curfew


Wednesday 22 March

Daniel Lanois (solo instrumental set) + Nosaj Thing + Tyondai Braxton + Dawn of Midi
KOKO

19:00 doors

23:00 curfew

Produced by Convergence in association with SoundUK


Wednesday 22 March
Radiophonic Workshop ft. Andrew Weatherall + White Noise + Orka + DJ Ben Osborne

Jazz Cafe

19:00 Doors

23:00 Curfew

Produced by Convergence, Bluedot Festival & Noise of Art


Thursday 23 March

Shobaleader One + Flamingods

Village Underground

19:30 doors

22:30 curfew


Thursday 23 March

Coldcut + Gonjasufi + special guest Kode9

Electric Brixton

19:00 doors

23:00 curfew


Thursday 23 March

47SOUL + Cairo Liberation Front

Scala

19:30 doors

23:00 curfew

Produced by Convergence in association with Continental Drifts


Friday 24 March

Actress + Randomer + Mica Levi DJ + special guests Raime

Village Underground

22:00 doors

04:00 curfew

Produced by Convergence in association with Soundcrash


Saturday 25 March

Jacques Greene curates… Convergence Closing Party

Jacques Greene + Lone ft. Konx-om-Pax + Pional + Yves Tumor

Electric Brixton

22:00 doors

06:00 curfew

Friday 24 + Saturday 25 March

Convergence Sessions

Behind The Bike Shed


Tickets for all shows are available via convergence-london.com  


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Praise for Convergence


“The forward-thinking spring series packs a seriously good line-up” Time Out


“Convergence is a festival on a constant creative incline. Their contribution to music, art, technology and the notion of electronic music as means of social and cultural growth acts as a reassurance that while we are slowly pilfered of club culture’s heritage, there is certainly a future worth raving for” Crack


“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


“An expertly curated festival” DJ Mag


“Triumphant” The Quietus


“Convergence festival brings some of the most forward-thinking electronic artists to London” Monocle


“A significant highlight on London's cultural horizon”  The Ransom Note

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ENDS

Notes for editors:

* Tickets available from www.convergence-london.com

* Full schedule for Convergence Sessions - speakers & panelists to be announced
* Fourth year of the multi-venue series of events focusing on music, art and technology

* Promoter Partners: Continental Drifts, EYOE & SJM Concerts, Soundcrash, Bluedot Festival, Noise of Art

* Media Partners: Crack, NTS, Resident Advisor, The Quietus, Socket Network


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Convergence 2017: Second announcement including Kode9, Mica Levi DJ, Lone ft. Konx-om-Pax, Pional, Yves Tumor

Convergence Festival
25 January 2017