Maja Osojnik + Found Drowned + Julie Kjaer

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Maja Osojnik + Found Drowned + Julie Kjaer

  • Mon 13 Oct 2014
  • 7:30PM
Maja Osojnik
Maja Osojnik

Servant Jazz Quarters

10a Bradbury Street, London, N16


In her solo show “Recycling Fear” Slovenian/Austrian singer/composer/multi-instrumentalist Maja Osojnik expresses her love for simple songs as well as experimental new music, free improvisation and industrial rock in a mixture of pulsating drones and cluster-like soundscapes, disrupted by angular, trashy beats or the miniature sound of hyperactive breathing.

A piece of musique concrète might grow out of an almost meditative piece. Electric retractable car roofs, seagulls, aeroplanes, the sound of rain or ping pong balls, feedback, a deserted, out-of-tune piano. A minimal piece made from the sound of a hatch closing will morph into an industrial loop or and extended Paetzold bass solo. Sonic waste is recycled as musical construction material, employing a library of sounds made from digital errors culled from recording outtakes or failing hard disks, unwanted, distored and out of phase. Osojnik was born in 1976 in Slovenia, lives and works in Vienna, Austria, as a singer, composer and improvising musician, mostly using Paetzold bass recorders, tapes, electronic devices, toys, trash and found objects. She made a name for herself in different musical fields, such as early music, contemporary, experimental, jazz, free improvisation, sound art and heavier music.

She composed music for theatre, dance, animation movies, film, silent film and diverse ensembles and wrote lyrics and texts for different projects, running workshops on improvised music in Austria and Korea and playing in all sorts of formations, among them Broken.Heart.Collector, Rdeča Raketa, Maja Osojnik Band, frufru, Ensemble MIKADO, Low Frequency Orchestra, Subshrubs and Watschen Institut.

Found Drowned

Found Drowned are a trio consisting of guitarist James O'Sullivan, bassist Peter Marsh and drummer Paul May. They first began playing together as members of Laura Hyland's Clang Sayne, a project mixing song form with free improvisation. Since then they've recorded an eponymous self released album and made irregular live appearances in various guises. O'Sullivan has been steadily carving a reputation as one of the most distinctive and compelling guitarists working on the London free improv scene, conjuring industrial thumps, spectral drones and infernal howls coupled with fragments of jazz, without recourse to electronic effects or other jiggery-pokery. Marsh and May work together in a variety of improv and non improvised projects and have a relationship bordering on the telepathic, able to switch between motorik pulse and pointillist abstraction in a heartbeat. From crushing brutality to immersive ambient dronescapes or fractured bebop scrabble, a Found Drowned performance is an exercise in the unexpected.

Julie Kjaer

Julie Kjaer is a Danish saxophonist, flautist and composer living in London. Often touted as a name to watch by the jazz press, she's equally at home in free or composed settings and plays in a bewildering variety of groups including her own quartet and several trios. Unlike many other saxophonists, her influences are hard to spot, and her thoughtful, sometimes oblique playing is both distinctive and emotionally engaging.