The Orchestra Pit The Orchestra Pit

August 2005

26th August 2005

The fifteenth Scaledown event featured live performances from:

Sculpture - Sculpture is the work of Dan Hayhurst, a sound artist who utilises the neglected technology of the recent past, by raiding junk shops for old hi-fi equipment and making loops in the traditional manner (out of stretches of cassette tape). Sculpture's music occasionally hints at a fake nostalgia for the shiny future that never arrived, simultaneously touching and mesmeric, and, yes, sculptural.

Liz Segal - After a spell fronting acoustic rock band Minnaloushe Lizzie has recently returned to solo performance. Lizzie cuts an original path across acoustic territory and writing in an eclectic style she produces poetic songs of rare depth and imagination. The lyrically rich material is compelling but at the same time melodic, atmospheric and mellow. Lizzie will be playing old favourites from her acclaimed debut CD 'Audience of One' as well as some sublime new material.

Zoltan Kodaly School for Girls - Blow me! It’s the worlds first all girl post-modern recorder quartet. These iconic ironic supertooters have been locked in Zoltan Kodaly's sinister stereosound laboratory for months and have cooked up a louche lounge brand of post-Future Rock and Roll armed with only four recorders, a casio and a tupperbox. All will be touched, moved and rocked by their sweet and tender spaceage schoolday recorder sound!

Murray Shelmerdine - Extravagant and well placed wordplay from this visiting poet. Murray will be combining his words with musical accompaniment and a tape collage.

Evrah and Steve Moyes - Evrah is an experimental vocalist as informed by British and European folksong as she is by the worlds of free improvisation. In her regular duo with guitarist/multi instrumentalist Steve Moyes, her voice floats clear above the gently dissonant constructions of prepared guitar and effects, in a manner which rejects the more mannered stylings of improv and embraces a warmer tradition of song.

Ian R Watson & Simon King - Ian Watson is a great trumpeter with a dry tone and playful, economic style. With a punk background and an admirable track record with such left field legends as Terry Edward's Scapegoats, Lob, Test Department, and Spring Heel Jack, Ian currently plays with The Treecreepers. For this performance he is collaborating with the amazing guitarist-about-town Simon King whose track record is equally rooted in the left field, with stints in Kenny Process Team, Faust's Jean Herve Peron and members of Brit-folk supergroup BELLOWhead.