Praised by the Washington Post as 'one of the most acclaimed experimental musicians of the last decade', American composer and former Battles front man Tyondai Braxton presents the UK premiere of his new project HIVE – a live multimedia performance that is part architectural installation and part band.
Five performers sit cross-legged atop their own space-age oval pod designed by Danish architect Uffe Surland Van Tams. The music is visceral and expressive – a combination of modular synthesizers, samples, and intricately composed acoustic percussion; each pod programmed to complete the sonic mood of the piece with ever-changing LED light emitting through its perforated wooden walls.
Premiered last year at the Guggenheim Museum Rotunda in New York, HIVE has also been performed at the Sydney Opera House, and was considered one of the highlights of the MONA FOMA festival in Tasmania last January. It comes to London for a one-off performance at Oval Space – the multi-arts warehouse space adjacent to the iconic gasholders in Bethnal Green. 'The music had moved from wary collaboration to moody, alienated second thoughts to wholehearted, walloping, overwhelming unity'New York Times
'A cacophony of industrial percussion and electronic sounds that had the crowd spellbound' The Mercury (Australia)