THE FIRST gig of the year at a Ryedale venue brings together a multi-instrumentalist Chinese operatic singer and an electronic audio and visual artist from Iceland.
Seaming To, hailed as “the voice of the 21st century” by BBC Radio 1, will be heading to The Shed on Tuesday, March 12.
Hot on the heels of her debut album Seaming, the singer, multi-instrumentalist and composer now tours her new song cycle, Songs for My Grandmother.
It combines the skills and experience gained from three generations of Chinese women traversing vocal and experimental electronic music.
Seaming To will perform alongside her mother, acclaimed concert pianist Enloc Wu, at the Brawby venue.
As well as the artist’s unique vocals, audiences will also hear the dulcitone, clarinet, piano, spycorders, vintage electronics and recited works by poet Judy Kendall.
Seaming To studied opera at the Royal Northern College of Music and began her career as part of Manchester super groups Homelife and Graham Massey’s Toolshed.
She has since performed around the world with Jean Claude Vannier, Punchdrunk Theatre, Herbaliser, Leila on Warp records, electronic outfit Funckarma, James Ford of Simian Mobile Disco, Michael England, Forkbeard Fantasy Theatre, avant garde pianist Leon Michener, Bordeaux Symphony Orchestra, composer Larry Goves, and pianist Matthew Bourne.
Supporting the main act is Kira Kira, the alias of Icelandic composer and audio/visual artist Kristin Björk Kristjansdottir.
She will open the evening with a solo set incorporating material from her latest album Feathermagnetik and first feature film Grandma Lo-Fi.
A founder member of Kitchen Motors, a mischievous label and collective based on experiments in electronic music and arts, Kira Kira’s repertoire includes compositions for theatre, film, dance and art installations as well as playful multi-disciplinary productions.
Kira Kira recently released her third album Feathermagnetik on Morr Music.
Her first feature film as director and screenwriter, Grandma Lo-fi – is a tribute to the Sigridur Nielsdottir who, at the tender age of 70, started recording and releasing her own music from her living room.
Kira Kira will create a special solo set for this tour incorporating music and visuals from the film together with music from her latest album.
For tickets, call The Shed on 01653 668494.