Sun 23 Nov: 8pm
Shortplayer for 7 Guitars
Jem Finer and guests
£5 ADVANCE: £7 (£5.50 conc) ON THE DOOR. Book here.
Part of Feelgood Cafe – Metal’s pop up venue at Chalkwell Hall.
Jem Finer is a unique voice exploring issues combining science, technology, and philosophy such as “deep time” through sound installation, autonomous technology, and astronomical sculpture. He has been artist-in-residence at Oxford University’s department of Astrophysics and in 2005 won the PRS Foundation New Music Award for “Score for a Hole in the Ground,” and is co-founder of famed Irish-punk band The Pogues.
Alongside a group of Southend’s finest musicians, artist, composer and musician, Jem Finer presents Shortplayer for 7 Guitars, an hour-long composition for 7 guitars based on the compositional principals of Longplayer, his world-renowned 1,000-year-long musical artwork at Trinity Buoy Wharf which at the time of going to press has been playing for 14 years and 245 days.
The method of Longplayer’s composition can be regarded as an algorithm whose variables of duration, pitch and instrumentation may be changed to create any number of new compositions. In this sense, Longplayer is itself just one of these possible compositions, its title referring directly to its own extreme duration. Conversely, there exist a number of possible compositions in which Longplayer’s variables are adjusted so that a composition might last only a very short time – an hour, for instance. Shortplayer is the generic name for these possible short-durational compositions, which can be arranged for any group or combination of instruments and/or voices.
+ ¡ Bingo !
Jem Finer’s take on the game of bingo, designed for guitarists, with:
Roman Jugg – has played guitar with The Damned, Naz Nomad and the Nightmares and David Vanian And The Phantom Chords. In May 2004, after a nine-year absence, Jugg released a new solo album called Papa Loco
Mark Brown – has toured the UK & Europe with the likes of Emiliana Torrini & Pauline Taylor (Faithless). Mark Plays classical guitar, acoustic & electric blues, folk, rock and also plays bass in many styles. Mark Also writes and composes music for bands and short stories.
Andy Sankey – a session guitarist who has worked extensively both in live and studio settings. Published by Jungle Music, Andy’s music is used in various TV, radio and films. His latest venture has been a little different to past projects, it is a ukulele instrumental solo album called Vivauke.
Mark James – has played guitar for over 30 years, playing both live and in the studio. Mark also teaches various guitar styles.
Daryl Tattoo – Currently in FutureAges (appeared at Meltdown, Southbank and Village Green). He has toured the UK with the The Sam I Am and Boudica. He Plays classical guitar, acoustic and electric guitar, blues, folk and experimental and composes for sound design and film.
Natalie Martin – Natalie plays guitar in all girl funk/rock band the Dirty Fairies and has studied the guitar for over 10 years.
Mark Cunningham – has been a music industry professional for 35 years. His work as a bass guitarist has spanned soundtracks and jingles, with guest performances with artists including: Lindisfarne, Horslips, Bronski Beat and Animals founder Alan Price. He currently plays with renowned prog rock band The Jeff Green Project.