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345: Kingston University Stylophone Orchestra, Jay Chakravorty + Josh Semans

21 May @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Kingston University Stylophone Orchestra, Jay Chakravorty + Josh Semans
21 May 2022 at St John’s Leytonstone, midday to 2pm | advance tickets

Playing the Future – unlock your mind and drift away on waves of sounds, emotions and melodic hooks. This afternoon encounter an ensemble of Stylophones, the siren call of the ondes Martenot, and a composer juxtaposing the old with the new using the musical palette of piano, electronics & strings. The curiously eerie yet poignant sounds of these two unusual 20th Century instruments have inspired film makers, musicians and pioneers such as David Bowie, Olivier Messiaen, Alfred Hitchcock, Gerry Anderson and Radiohead. Join us and step into a retro-futurist utopia of sound, texture and ideas, full of hopes and dreams

An ongoing experiment in collective noise making, the Kingston University Stylophone Orchestra was created in 2019 when Dubreq (the company that manufactures the Stylophone) donated a car boot full of instruments to the University’s music dept. Now expanded to include other hand-held, battery-powered (cheap) synths, the Stylophone Orchestra released their debut album Stylophonika in early 2022, featuring new arrangements of classic electronica from the likes of Vangelis, Wendy Carlos, Jean-Michel Jarre, and Brian Eno. They also write and arrange their own stuff, they sing, and have had their music played on BBC Radio 6Music, reviewed and recently featured in Electronic Sound magazine. Their very first recording was produced by studio legend Tony Visconti, a cover of David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ on the 50th anniversary of the song’s release. The Kingston University Stylophone orchestra is believed to be the only ensemble of its kind in the world. PreviewSpace Oddity

Jay Chakravorty is a Welsh-Indian-Irish composer and multi-instrumentalist, writing emotive post-classical music for pianos, analogue/modular synths, and string ensembles. Since releasing his debut album “A Map With No Memory” last year on Berlin-based label Unperceived Records, he has been featured as one of Stuart Maconie’s picks for “Best New Music Out In 2021”, received regular airplay on BBC 6 Music, BBC Wales, Radio X, and KEXP Seattle, and performed live sessions for John Kennedy and The Line Of Best Fit, as well as being put forward for The Welsh Music Prize and the Music Producer’s Guild awards. Previewvideo 1 | video 2

Josh Semans is an ondes Martenot player, composer, and producer based in the north-west of England. His work is uniquely textured, employing a range of instruments, sound-sources, and processes. A keen improviser, his creative process is a cocktail of exploration, repetition, and abstraction.  He has performed on film, television, and video game soundtracks by Alex Baranowski, Volker Bertelmann, and Lena Raine. Josh’s ambitious second album, funded by the Help Musicians “Do It Differently” fund, will be a collection of pieces for ondes Martenot, electronics, and string quartet. This untitled album is currently in production and expected to release in 2022. Preview – video 1 | video 2

Discover the artists: Kingston University Stylophone Orchestra | |

Pay-What-You-Can entry (we suggest £10 adult, children free) on the door, subject to availability/capacity. An event for all ages. As always with this series we endeavour to make our audience feel as safe, comfortable and welcome as we possibly can


St John’s Leytonstone
High Road, Leytonstone
London, E11 1HH United Kingdom

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