29th April 2005
The eleventh Scaledown night featured live performances from:
The Horny Goatweeds - Mr Ward and Co. delight us with their unique songs.
Katy Carr - Katy comes highly recommended to us. Accompanying herself on keyboard, Katy's songs are informed equally by folk and experimental music. Our sort of thing basically! "Sussed arrangements... Electronica-imbued folk with a slightly sinister eroticism" - Q Magazine
Invisible String Quartet - A rare performance by Dave Draper, AKA The Invisible String Quartet. Playing prepared guitar and a selection of antique effects pedals, Dave produces an electro-acoustic music of depth and colour. His 1994 CD "Entomic" is a classic of the improv guitar genre.
Sky Spy - Scaledown presents the London debut of electronica duo SkySpy playing a new dark futuristic set. Acclaimed by the internet underground for their sensual psychedelic vibe, SkySpy go offline to premier new songs.
Kate Waterfield and Zurachi - An evocative exploration of the musical possibilities of ancient runes, the music of Kate Waterfield and her accompanist Zurachi (vocals, guitar and backing) is rich with echoes of an Eastern European folk heritage and an experimental "extended technique" vocal approach. The results are to be released on CD later this year.
Ambrosia Rasputin - Ambrosia Rasputin (aka Ivor Kallin) combines contrasting and complementary aspects of Jewish and Scottish heritage, to create some damn stupid poetry. Has often been mistaken for Osama bin Laden, Jesus Christ, Bob Marley, John Lennon, Jerry Garcia and Winged Eel Fingerling, but this is not on account of his poetry.
Gradual - Defocused slow-motion chamber music, performed by Charles Hayward (percussion/keyboard), John Edwards (double bass), Ashleigh Marsh (acoustic laptop) and Jackie Grant (banjo/melodeon).