Inspirational and international, From Now On presents a two –day leftfield sound and performance happening at Chapter, Cardiff on Fri 19 & Sat 20 May 2017. Curated by the band Islet and co-produced by Shape Records, the remarkable centrepiece of the event’s fourth year is the premiere performance of Breaking and Entry, a collaboration between Welsh musician Gruff Rhys and Catalan architect, Roger Paez.
Performed by an invited ensemble, primed for harmonic improvisation and armed with heartbeat monitors, Breaking and Entry is Rhys’ sonic response to Paez’ ground-breaking prison complex at Mas d'Enric, Tarragona. Invited to respond to the prison in 2014, which uses low-rise buildings and wide, open spaces to balance the confinement and discipline of prison life with freedoms necessary for basic human rights and reform, Rhys’ score is based on a map of the prison that also registers the emergent life that occupies the building.
Now the subject of a book detailing the principles behind progressive prison architecture, the site created by Paez stands as a beacon for the triumph of dignity over oppression, with nature being welcomed into the rehabilitative environment.
Following their return from a two year performing hiatus with their Liquid Half Moon EP in late 2016, Islet will play with what promises to be a typically effervescent appearance. Renowned for disrespecting the fourth wall to frequently transgress the lip of the stage, the four-piece’s performances typically involve spontaneous percussion on both animate and inanimate objects, communal chanting and euphoric abandon.
From Now On is a carefully assembled journey through a door of unexpected possibilities and a show by London-Bahraini four piece Flamingods, reflects not only the nature of the event itself, but a vivacious sense of internationalism and the effervescent hope of transgressing real and musical borders. A global view remains in the inspired booking of Bristol-based, Japanese ‘psych-folk’ artist Yoshino Shigihara (formerly of Zun Zun Egui) and her band, Yama Warashi whose embrace of Japanese folk dance music, free jazz and African music with an added slice of electric psychedelia melts together to form a gently flowing torrent of dreamy soundscapes. Roshi Nasehi is a Welsh-Iranian singer-composer, making experimental electronic pop sung in Farsi and English.
Straddling not only the familial ties that bind, but also their respective homes in the UK and Austria are father and teenage daughter ‘noise duo’ Yeah You, making incisive, improvised cuts into the experimental music landscape. Rarely off the road in pursuit of new sounds, the duo, also known as Elvin Brandhi and Mykl Jaxn, use walks, trips to the shops and long, meandering car journeys to assemble the sounds and spoken word rhapsodies that have emerged on their two albums to date. With a shorter journey to the stage comes Cardiff-based, Welsh-language electrophile Twinfield, setting a distinctly punk aesthetic alongside a gift for knowing the way around transistors and diodes, the result is a compromising, drum machine-driven dystopian vision of the future.
From Now On is produced by Shape & Chapter and curated by Islet.
"Cardiff should feel privileged to host such an event." WIRE
"Green shoots spring forth in the form of From Now On, bringing more esoteric approaches to rock, psych and composition to South Wales." The Guardian
"One of the most exciting and cutting edge contemporary music festivals” Crack