Earth Recordings Present 'Avocet Revisited'

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Our good friends Earth Recordings will be joining us at Sea Change for a special presentation of their amazing 'Avocet Revisited' project. We will have live contributions from Trembling Bells and Modern Studies, plus special mix CD's on the day. Label manager and project coordinator Kyle Lonsdale will be with us to talk in depth about these wonderful new works.

+ Saturday afternoon, Birdwood House.

More information about the project here.

 
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Toby Morgan

A rare opportunity to hear home-grown guitar virtuoso Toby Morgan play a solo set, showcasing his glittering picking technique and his much coveted Favino style Kyle guitar, handcrafted on Dartmoor.

Toby’s performance stakes a hard studied claim to the legacy of the Manouche Jazz style guitar, whilst firmly eschewing the nostalgic ‘vintage act’ approach to Gypsy Jazz. Full of flair and fervour Toby’s uncompromising approach to musicianship sets
the bar for Manouche Swing authenticity.

Imbued with sophistication and casual prowess, expect a handsome repertoire comprising waltz, bolero, bossa & bebop as well as some sweet intermezzo improvisation.

Owing their provenance to bustling Parisian streets & café bars of the 1930’s & ‘40’s these rousing melodies are the perfect music to compliment your Friday afternoon coffee drinking and the ambience of a busy market day in town.
 

Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present 

Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present is a non-fiction film examining the pioneering life and works of filmmaker, musician, artist and educator, Tony Conrad.

Tony Conrad was one the great American artists of his time, yet to the world at large he remains criminally under appreciated.  Since the early 1960s, Conrad's films and compositions have been the stuff of legend for artists and musicians everywhere. He performed in and recorded the soundtrack to Jack Smith’s legendary Flaming Creatures; he laid bare the paradigms of cinema with The Flicker, a film composed of only black and white frames; his powerful and startling drone compositions still have the music establishment scratching their heads; his early work with La monte Young and John Cale played a role in the formation of The Velvet Underground; as an early adopter of activist public access television he democratized the emerging medium of portable video for ordinary citizens.  His vast, fifty year inter-disciplinary repertoire inspired and confounded generations of artists, collaborators and fans. In his later years he continued to perform and make work that pushed the boundaries of reason for which he has finally begun to receive worldwide attention.

 
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Utilizing intimate footage of Tony and his collaborators shot over the last twenty-two years, as well as his own archive of recordings and films, Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present mirrors Conrad’s own playfully radical approach to art making. The non-linear structure allows Conrad to wildly free associate his streams of consciousness, revealing an honest and humane way of navigating a remarkable, creative life. 

We are delighted to be presenting the film in full at the Totnes Cinema, including a live Q&A session with producer Paul Williams.

 
 

Will Burns & Adam Chetwood

Poet Will Burns has long been a good friend to both the festival and the shop. We are delighted that he will be joining us this year to reading with most excellent accompaniment from pedal steel maestro Adam Chetwood.

Will was named as one of the 4 Faber & Faber New Poets for 2014 with his pamphlet in that series published in October 2014... we often have copies at Drift.

+ Friday Evening, Birdwoord House.

Totnes Cinema

We're thrilled this year to be able to work with the Totnes Cinema, a massive restoration and project of love that we care about a lot.

Alongside the screening of the Tony Conrad film, we will also be presenting screenings of;

The stunning 2017 Sigur Rós tour film Heima. One of the true benchmarks of concert films with the The Last Waltz (the final concert of The Band). Jonathan Demme's amazing Stop Making Sense, the 1984 concert film featuring Talking Heads.

The cinema will be operating commercially in the evening of 25th/26th with screenings of Lost in Translation and This is Spinal Tap.

More info: www.totnescinema.co.uk