Bloomberg Summer at The Roundhouse returns for its fifth consecutive year this year from 6-29 August. The season is renowned for introducing new audiences to innovative culture and this year, which celebrates the Roundhouse’s 50th anniversary, will be no exception. Internationally acclaimed artist Ron Arad presents his 360° immersive installation ‘Curtain Call’, which will see the Roundhouse’s main space filled up with a curtain made up of 600 silicon rods that are suspended from an 18 metre diameter ring. Alongside this, there are a series of unique and one-off music events lined up that will be performed in the centre of the ‘curtain’. The exciting and eclectic line-up includes: Matthew Herbert, Eska, BBC Proms with London Sinfonietta, Gaika, Dan Deacon & London Contemporary Orchestra.
Beginning the series, contemporary classical and experimental agent provocateur Matthew Herbert will present A NUDE with Lail Arad. The brand new piece is based around his new album A Nude (The Perfect Body), comprised entirely of recordings of the sounds of a naked body recorded in a room over 24 hours. As support for Herbert, Lail Arad will perform songs from her new album The Onion with specially commissioned visuals by Flo Kohl & Ellis Pendens.
GAIKA will present CLUB 88, blending grime, dancehall, garage, hip hop and R&B in an imaginary and immersive club experience, inspired by Akira, Brixton and SECURITY. The night will be part installation, part live performance and part immersive performance piece.
Critically-acclaimed Eska will present a mix of reggae, jazz, soul, choral and electronica in a performance which brings to a close the incredible journey of her Mercury Music Prize-nominated debut album. Calling her presentation at the Roundhouse the album’s ‘fanfare’ the gig will be an opportunity for audiences to be fully immersed in the music, both in sound with Eska’s band and special guests and in vision, collaborating with the installation.
The BBC Proms return to the Roundhouse with the renowned London Sinfonietta, led by conductor Andrew Gourlay, with a programme that takes its lead from Ligeti’s iconic Ramifications. This embracing score, for two groups of spatially positioned strings, is heard alongside music by one of Ligeti’s natural musical heirs, Georg Friedrich Haas, and other new pieces concerned with physical space. The concert will culminate in a major work from David Sawer that reflects the energy and physicality of dance.
Electronic music iconoclast Dan Deacon, world renowned for his live shows, will bring a brand new site-specific composition in which the audience will be the performers. Deacon is set to use the entire venue, both inside and out, as the stage with all audience in attendance contributing to the large scale performance event.
London Contemporary Orchestra
Bringing the live music performances to a close, the LCO will return to the Roundhouse to showcase two world premiere works – by CHAINES and Mica Levi – commissioned especially for Ron Arad’s installation. The premieres will be performed alongside Morton Feldman’s Rothko Chapel and John Tavener’s haunting Svyati for solo cello and choir exploring themes of spirituality, space and time.
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