Gwenno: Midnight Chats – Episode 41

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"It's Welsh Language Music Day – let's talk about Cornwall and Michael Flatley"...

Gwenno was the guest on Loud & Quiet's Midnight Chats podcast. It was first published on 9th February 2018 - Welsh Language Music Day - making this episode of the podcast the most timely yet – all be it by complete accident they admit!

Listen here.

Hatis Noit Combines Western Classical and Japanese Folk on Erased Tapes EP

The XLR8R website has just announced that Japanese vocal performer Hatis Noit will release her enigmatic EP, Illogical Dance, via Erased Tapes worldwide on March 23.

We are thrilled that she will perform as part of the Erased Tapes Showcase at Sea Change.

Wanting to interpret and mimic the sounds Hatis Noit hears in nature, Illogical Dance is as unpredictable, beautiful and mysterious as the world around us. Each track is made up from multi layers of vocals, all improvised and without words, before being carefully pieced together. Astonishingly no samples are used throughout, even the sound of crushing leaves came from Hatis Noit’s own vocal chords. The result is a stunning array of sound sculptures that see her switching between multiple styles with great ease. From the sweet operatics on Illogical Lullaby, the manipulated vocal loops duplicating electronic production on Anagram c.i.y. to the primordial chanting call to arms of Angelus Novus, a 10-minute odyssey that features whispering and leaves crunching, it showcases Hatis Noit’s full range and introduces a truly original artist.

Gwenno 'Le Kov' launch at Drift.

The day after her new album - Le Kov - is released, we are delighted to have Gwenno in Totnes in person for an album playback, signing and Q&A session with our friend and neighbour Roy Wilkinson.

Free entry at Drift, Saturday 3rd March. Playback from 1pm, signing at 2pm.

Event details here.

Gwenno herself said "yntanus yn kever hema!" (it means she's excited!)

Worldwide Awards - James Holden

James Holden was the winner of the 'John Peel Play More Jazz award' last night at Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Awards. Some exceptional nominations across all collections.

Well done James and the Animals!

Sea Change partners with Dartington

It is with great pride and excitement that Sea Change announces the third edition of Sea Change Festival will see us partnering with the historically pioneering Dartington Hall estate.

Rupert Morrison, founder of the Sea Change Festival, says: ’Sea Change 2018 reignites a long-standing friendship between Dartington Hall and Totnes, glowing in the embers for nearly one hundred years - built on common interest in art, literature, expression, nature, community and, perhaps most importantly, pushing boundaries. For the first time we’ll be able to offer a large scale space where everyone can congregate and party long into the night. As people who grew up in the area within the orbit of the Dartington College of Arts, we can testify that Dartington sure knows how to throw a party.’ 

Amy Bere, who leads the arts at Dartington, says: ‘We’re really excited to be able to support this flourishing festival alongside our programme of live arts and the world renowned Dartington International Summer School & Festival. Sea Change’s vision and creative values very much align our own commitment to musical excellence and creative curiosity.’

The partnership opens up an ambitious new chapter for the Sea Change festival (24 - 25 August) – by partnering with Dartington Hall, Sea Change can build its thoughtfully curated boutique festival while growing its audience within the iconic Dartington estate. 2018 is an opportunity to write new names into Dartington's quite immaculate story of guest creators in music, art and culture.

If you have five minutes we highly recond you read the Dartington Who’s Who page on their site as it pure sends chills up our spine.

There will be a new large capacity tent venue on the Dartington Estate that will play host to some remarkable music makers in 2018. This is all just the start and we couldn't be more excited.