Homotopia presents: Strange Lands and How to Survive – Unity Theatre – daily until 17th
When transgender artist Mandy Romero set off to cross Asia from China to Turkmenistan in 2017, she was determined to bring back a visual record of her encounters in some of the most illiberal and intolerant regimes in the Northern Hemisphere. Travelling with a large square of red silk as her main costume resource, to signify both the communist origins of the countries and the Silk Road route she was following, Romero brought a set of portraits of herself taken by a fascinating varity of photographers, many of whom she met along the way, back to the UK. Including location shots from China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, Strange Lands and How to Survive is a captivating exhibition that will be held within the Unity Theatre Bar, and is free to enter. No need to book.
Adam Ant – Liverpool Philharmonic Hall – 7:30pm
“Pop icon Adam Ant returns to Liverpool Philharmonic Hall to perform his landmark solo album Friend or Foelive for the first time in its entirety, as well as classic chart-topping singles and personal favourites.”
Eat Me presents Hedwig and the Angry Inch – District – 6:30pm
An interactive film screening, drag show and queer disco party at District, with performances featuring Gez Mez and Midgitte Bardot plus a DJ set from Zee Sasstones.
Kaelan Mikla – Studio 2 – 7pm
Synth-punk / darkwave trio from Iceland, flanked by US electronic duo Body of Light, Liverpool’s own authentic shimmering goth project Double Echo and the anthemic Rongorongo.
The Black Lips – Arts Club – 7pm
Yammerer, Ohmns, Piss Kitti and DJ Carl Combover all provide sympathetic pre-sounds before the main act, who return to the venue some 8 years after their last visit to town. Enthusiastic garage rock and punk and shredding and all of that fast stuff.
Natacha Atlas – Capstone Theatre – 7:30pm
Heralded as one of the world’s most distinctive voices, Natacha Atlas has carved a path synthesising western and middle eastern vocal traditions with mind-blowing dexterity. Her latest work sees her push vocal and musical boundaries even further by effortlessly weaving jazz traditions into her already unique blend.
Atlas has worked with Peter Gabriel, Nitin Sawhney, Nigel Kennedy, Indigo Girls, Jean-Michel Jarre, and Ibrahim Maalouf, to name a few, while, most recently, she has been collaborating with the likes of Omar Sosa and Paolo Fresu, whilst co-composing (with frequent collaborator Samy Bishai) the score for Herve Koubi’s 2019 contemporary dance creation Odyssey.
Leila Bordreuil – 17 Love Lane – 8pm
Brooklyn-based cellist, composer and sound-artist from France. She accesses concepts as diverse as Noise, contemporary classical, free jazz, and experimental traditions but adheres to none of them. Her music mixes deep melancholia with fleeting harsh noise walls, and was described by the New York Times as “steadily scathing music, favoring long and corrosive atonalities”. Driven by a fierce interest in pure sound and inherent texture, Leila challenges conventional cello practice through extreme extended techniques and unorthodox amplification methods, to the extent she sometimes seems to be playing the P.A system rather than the cello. Her compositions frequently incorporate sound-spatialization by way of site-specific pieces and multichannel installations. Plus: ATATAT – solo project of J C Barbara of Barberos et al; RAH-Solve Et Coagula - seemingly intense Tarot-core act of self-flagellation; Ben Duvall – ExEIH founder playing all new solo materia.
Afrodeutsche – Meraki – 10pm
Live stodgy techno from this highly skilled, very much deservedly on-the-rise Manchester producer, with support from Upitup’s mayor of electro keytar, our friend our yours in Merseyside-dwelling Roman expert of the liveset Jacques Malchance.
Blue Orchids – 81 Renshaw Street – 7:30pm
Ex-Fall man Martin Bramah (from that band’s initial incarnations) heads up this rich and resonant kosmic guitar pop project. “Blue Orchids, as a post punk psychedelic adjunct to Fall-world are well established in the music enthusiast’s consciousness, and yes, Martin Bramah was a founding father of The Fall, and as expressed recently might have reasonable grounds to even call himself The Fall, well, why not…but then he’s not daft. Perhaps people could do with reconnecting with Martin’s oeuvre a little more deeply than obsessing over the ex-Fall schtick, specially what with the recent albums being a succession of magick pop psych masterpieces choc stock (oh yes) with fabulous gems full of rich, resonant sounds and stinging, esoteric lyrics.” – 81 Renshaw. “While their last studio album, Righteous Harmony Fist was released last year, the band did release The Magical Record Of Blue Orchids in June this year. According to Bramah, it’s “the first covers concept album”. – GIT
Cowtown – Kazimier Stockroom – 8pm
A free gig in this former storage area just up the way from our HQ, expect it to get warm as Liverpool-based newies Fumar Mata open up with their third ever show in as many weeks, stalling the crowd before Leeds’ legendary ‘overstimulated electro-punks’ take to the stage for delightful hook-laden moments for fans of Deerhoof / Devo
Giant Swan – The White Hotel – 23:59
The most enjoyable live electronic music being made in the country right now, incidentally by guitar-band guys making use of their voices, effects pedals, and grid-quantised percussive sounds. Supported by Dis Fig, Hesska & Clemency, and Ossia.
Chris Wood with Charlie McKeon – Ullet Road Unitarian Church – 7pm
"... at art school they said I had a remarkable eye for trivia, like it was a bad thing." Chris Wood is an uncompromising writer whose music reveals his love for the un-official history of the English speaking people. With gentle intelligence he weaves the tradition with his own contemporary parables. A self-taught musician, composer and song writer, Chris is a lifelong autodidact whose independent streak shines through everything he does. Always direct and unafraid to speak his mind, his song writing has been praised for its surgical clarity. He cites his major influence as “Anon”.
His most recent album ‘So Much to Defend’ has received wide critical acclaim and includes reflections on minor league football, empty nest syndrome, learning to swim, Cook-in Sauce and, not least, the Gecko as a metaphor for contemporary society. Hollow Point; his chilling ballad of the shooting of Jean Charles Menezez, won a BBC Folk Award (he's won six.) and emphatically secured Wood’s place as a serious speech-master for the unofficial history of England. Collaborators include Martin Carthy, Dizraeli, Billy Bragg, Andy Cutting, Andy Irvine, Karine Polwart, Jean Francois Vrod, The Imagined Village, Hugh Lupton, Martin Butler and many others. On stage Chris has the air of a craftsman who no longer needs to be precious about his art. Without any apparent effort he reaches deep into an enviable repertoire of songs before revealing another gem.
Charlie McKeon tells great stories, both in song and in-between songs. He's is a truly gifted musician with magic, dancing fingers, and a tendency toward beautiful, titling melodies (like that's a bad thing). He's also a funny man and a lovely chap. To see these two wonderful songsmiths playing in the beautiful, elegant surrounds of the Unitarian Church is a rare treat.
Wednesday 20th November
Serpente – Stockroom – 8pm
Snaking rhythms, fully hypnotic and ever morphing, from Ondness’ drum-machine-heavy moniker-alias Serpente; accompanying is the intrepid open-end simulation explorers Raft of Trash, and gluing the night together sonically will be Lupini.
Saturday 23rd November
An Evening With The Steve Hillage Band – o2 Academy – 7pm
Toxteth Day Of The Dead Hereafter Party – District – Time TBC
Paddy Steer, Moody Boyz, and Kermit & The Super Weird System head up a huge huge bill of acts to mark the anniversary of the KLF/JAM’s 3-day set of happenings in the beloved L8 community. A knees up in the Baltic to remember the great, the gone, and the going-on-right-now - all put together by the Liverpool Arts Lab.
Sunday 24th November
Piano Forte – Capstone Theatre – 4pm
Jacques Malchance & The Capstone Theatre present:
PIANO FORTE, a celebration of the piano as a solo instrument, featuring five Liverpool based pianists and composers (Giacomo Fazi, Nina Windsor-Roe, Jez Wing, Karen Wynne and Nick Smith) performing all original material composed exclusively for this event.
Also known as "Jacques Malchance", Giacomo Fazi is a Composer, Dj, Producer, Promoter and Radio Host from Rome, Italy, based in Liverpool, UK. He is the founding member of bands Hapytap and Barberos, as well as net-label and events collective Upitup Records and arts collective Distant Future. His works span across electronic music, classical music and contemporary experimental music; specialising in organ, piano and synthesizer instrumentation. He has performed piano recitals of the works of Erik Satie, Claude Debussy and Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures At An Exhibition in its entirety; and has composed commissioned work for Light Night, The Kazimier and Walk The Plank.
The PMS team's recommendations as presented on the programme.