• 11-01-2018
  • Benjamin Tassie Guest Editor for Sound and Music

  • This month Sound and Music asked the exceptionally talented composer Benjamin Tassie to be their Guest Editor and to share his top 4 event picks from the Sampler.

    12th January, 2018
    Aurora Orchestra & Poet in the City: Memento
    The coming together of two innovative programmers, the Aurora Orchestra and Poet in the City, this interdisciplinary event promises to explore new technology through poetry and music. Composer Martin Suckling’s delicate, thoughtful music is paired with Francis Leviston’s award winning poetry, drawing inspiration from both Franz Schubert and Emily Dickinson.

    12th January, 2018
    The Riot Ensemble: Carter Double Concerto
    Elliot Carter’s Double Concerto is undoubtedly a raucous, complex and demanding masterwork. Performed in this concert by Adam Swayne and Goska Isphoring, Carter’s concerto will be presented alongside new music by American composers, Molly Joyce and Pierce Gradone.

    16th January, 2018
    Borough New Music Series 4: Islands
    Flautist Carla Rees (potentially the hardest working and most wonderful woman in music) is joined by clarinetist Ian Mitchell for this lunch-time concert. Champions of new music, Carla and Ian will present no fewer than three world-premieres including Tom Ingoldsby’s ‘The Cathedral’ (with pianist, Clare Simmonds).

    26th – 28th January, 2018
    The IKLECTIK Horse Festival
    IKLECTIK is a gem of a venue with consistently innovative programming and its own resident cat. This three-day festival of improvised music will doubtless have something for all new-music lovers with performances from multi-media ensemble, Paradise Yard, Chris Cutler, and students from Goldsmiths College.

    For more info please visit https://thesampler.org/category/guest-editor/

  • 04-01-2018
  • Racheal Ofori at Camden People’s Theatre: "So Many Reasons"

  • Mon 15 January – Sun 4 February

    Part of Calm Down Dear, a three-week festival of innovative feminist performance.

    Created by Racheal Ofori, presented by Fuel and Camden People’s Theatre

    My Mum said to me
    ‘if you ever have children, don’t have girls.
    They give you too much of a headache.’

    So Many Reasons is a story about the unique influence our mothers have on us and how we understand the world, particularly on ideas around sexuality and religion. Exploring cultural and generational shifts as well as world of first time sexual experiences, this bold new show asks what happens when we realise mums don’t always know best. Written and performed by Racheal Ofori, the piece infuses poetry and endearing wit, as we follow Mel navigating the world.
    For more info visit https://www.cptheatre.co.uk/production/so-many-reasons/

  • 04-12-2017
  • Maeve Brennan at Goldsmiths: Contemporary Art Talks

  • 6 December, 5:30pm - 7:00pm, Goldsmiths, University of London.

    Maeve Brennan looks at the historical and political resonance of sites and materials, culminating mainly in moving image and installation works. Led by a documentary approach, she spends time carrying out long-term investigative research, seeking out proximity and intimacy with people and places. Forming these personal relationships allows for a particular kind of documentary encounter – one extended by familiarity and complicated by subjectivity.
    She often works with people who have a certain expertise and associated physical practice (geologists, archaeologists, restorers, mechanics), documenting these particular and detailed forms of knowledge to animate inanimate objects and layered histories.
    For more information visit

  • 30-11-2017
  • Luke Willis Thompson nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2018

  • Congratulations to Luke Willis Thompson who is nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2018.

    It’s the 21st year of the prize, and this year the shortlisted projects by Mathieu Asselin, Rafal Milach, Batia Suter, and Luke Willis Thompson all “reflect a shared concern with the production and manipulation of knowledge and systems of representation through visual formats”, say the organisers of the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2018.

    Luke Willis Thompson has been nominated for a 35mm film called autoportrait, which was on show from 23 June–27 August in London’s Chisenhale Gallery. The work was made with an American woman called Diamond Reynolds, who in July 2016 used Facebook Live to broadcast the moments immediately after her partner Philando Castile was fatally shot by a police officer during a traffic-stop in Minnesota. The video was widely circulated online and amassed over six million views; it was also played to a jury as evidence in June 2017, in a court case which saw the officer involved acquitted of all charges.
    Working with Reynolds, Thompson created a “sister-image” to Reynolds’ original broadcast, hoping to break with what had become a well-known image of her caught in a moment of violence, which was distributed within the 24/7 news cycle. In doing so, he hoped “to question of the agency of Reynolds’ recording within, outside of, and beyond the conditions of predetermined racial power structures”, state the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize organisers.
    For more info visit https://www.deutscheboersephotographyfoundation.org/en/support/photograp...