Please note this event has been rescheduled from 20 April 2021
With support from EYEBROW
Spiro’s raw, punk-infused minimalism and trademark intricate interplay steps up a level in this exciting new collaboration with Steve Reich’s vocalists of choice, the incredible Synergy Vocals and analogue-synth player Ruth Wall. The groups merge to create one emotionally charged but exquisitely controlled machine as Spiro’s main composer Jane Harbour harnesses the super-human technique of Synergy’s voices.
With influences including minimalist classical music and electronica, Harbour has created a new form of systems music for vocals that deconstructs and rebuilds the meaning of language. Crystallising emotional experience in surreal vignettes, Harbour’s lyrics retell and subvert the tales behind English folk songs; conjuring filmic images and exploring our timeless struggle with the human condition, loss and female power.
Spiro line up:
Jane Harbour Violin and Viola
Alex Vann Mandolin
Jon Hunt Guitar
Ruth Wall Synth
Jo Goldmith Eteson
Joanna Forbes L’Estrange
Micaela Haslam Director of Synergy Vocals
Support this evening is from Bristol’s ambient-jazz-minimalist trumpet and drums duo EYEBROW (Pete Judge, from Get The Blessing & Three Cane Whale, and Paul Wigens, from Blurt & Grand Drive).“Amazingly symphonic. The ideal place for their music would be a cathedral, perhaps, or a clifftop, or maybe an asteroid” (The Bristol Post) www.eyebrowmusic.com
EYEBROW Photo credit Simon Holiday
Praise for Spiro:
“These are tunes that have been stripped down and reassembled to run on the kind of fuel that puts you into orbit. (Spiro) create ecstatic, interlocking, intricate musical patterns… the power they summon up live makes them a must-see experience” Songlines
“True English originals” The Guardian
Praise for Synergy Vocals:
“Beautifully sung by the group Synergy Vocals” The Telegraph
“Exquisite performance” Financial Times
“Exemplary precision by Synergy Vocals” London Evening Standard
“The performance was broad, blazing and stunning” Herald Scotland
Spiro are St George’s Bristol Artists in Association 2019-20
In beginning our annual programme of Artists in Association with local heroes Spiro, it seemed a perfect opening choice: West Country residents with a strong, slightly cussed streak of distinctively different Bristolian values. What other folk band mixes jigs, reels and sea shanties with Steve Reich-ian minimalism and drum’n’bass, let alone has Peter Gabriel – their Real World record label boss – as cheerleader in chief?
They also work in different contexts, from good time knees up to cutting-edge contemporary crossover. Following their winter festival themed ‘& Friends’ show in December, this Spring concert introduces some heavy-duty minimalism in collaboration with Synergy Voices, before a final autumn 2020 appearance beings the residency to an end. And the next Artist in Association choice will be completely different.