DESIGN WEEK FESTIVAL 10 #BORDERLESS
MILANO 14-19 aprile 2015
PROGRAM | Friday 17 April 2015
TEATRO FRANCO PARENTI
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At Teatro Franco Parenti avantgarde is on stage, being this either rhythmically poetic, as for Kate Tempest, or electronically sentimental, as for Portico. Two more protagonists will let sounds collide: Kindness, a mixture of funk, disco, jazz and black music; and Kiasmos, a hypnotic blend of acoustic instruments and synthesizers.
When an artist lists both the Wu-Tang Clan and Samuel Beckett as her influences, it is often the stuff of hipster fluff, but U.K. poet and rapper Kate Tempest backs those name-drops up with a Big Dada recording contract and a Ted Hughes Award for innovation in poetry. Born in Brockley, South London, in 2010 she formed the hip-hop group Sound of Rum while launching a career in solo performance poetry.
Between the two gigs, she found herself opening shows for artists as diverse as post-punk poet John Cooper Clarke and rapper Scroobius Pip. Sound of Rum released their album Balance in 2011, while Tempest's first book of poetry, Everything Speaks In Its Own Way, was released by Zingaro Books in 2012. In 2013 she performed her work Brand New Ancients with orchestral backing at London's Battersea Arts Centre, which won the Ted Hughes Award for innovation in poetry that same year. A year later, she made her solo album debut with Everybody Down, released by the Ninja Tune-affiliated label Big Dada.
Portico music has the exotic power to lead people in unknown and borderless places. Born as Portico Quartet, in 2008 they got a Mercury Music Prize nomination for the album "Knee-deep In The North Sea" (Babel Label). In 2014 they changed their name in Portico and signed with Ninja Tune, for which they will publish the album “Living Fields”. It’s been a true revival, with collaborations with Jamie Woon, Jono McCleery and Joe Newman (Alt-J).
Kindness, a one-man indie disco-funk-R&B band led by Adam Bainbridge, made its commercial recording debut with the "Swingin' Party" single on Moshi Moshi Records in 2009. Splitting his time between London and Berlin, he cites influences that include American disco icons Arthur Russell, Larry Levan, and Leroy Burgess. The commercial recording debut of Kindness, "Swingin' Party," a disco-punk cover version of the Replacements song, was an MP3 blog favorite in 2009, as was its B-side, "Gee Up."
In late 2011, Kindness released a second single, "Cyan," on Terrible Records in the U.S. and Female Energy in the U.K. The first full-length, which was co-produced by Philip Zdar (of Cassius), followed soon after in the first quarter of 2012. World, You Need a Change of Mind was issued by Female Energy/Polydor and featured all the previously released singles as well as an unexpectedly lovely and dubbed-out cover of Anita Dobson's "Anyone Can Fall in Love," a song best known as the theme to the popular U.K. television show Eastenders. During the tour that followed, Bainbridge began to warm to the idea of collaboration and the exciting uncertainty that can come with it. His next album featured a wealth of guests, including Robyn, Devonté Hynes, and Kelela, helping him achieve his more R&B-leaning vision. Otherness was released by Female Energy/Mom + Pop in October of 2014.
Kiasmos are Olafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen (from electro-pop Bloodgroup) born in 2009. They’re authors of hypnotic dance with ambient roots, where acustic instruments like piano, drums and string quartet find a new dimension, thanks to synthesizers and drum machine. Their debut album (s/t, Erased Tapes, 2014) has an intimate and unique atmosphere, to which it’s impossible to remain indifferent.
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