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jeff w
jeff w
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Re: Laetitia Sadier & Batsch, live in London

So, this happened, as the photos testify.

More about the project, from the press blurb:

"In the summer of 2017, Studio Voltaire will host French artist, performer and musician, Lætitia Sadier, for the gallery’s first music residency. Sadier and her latest collaborators, Batsch, will embark upon an exploration into the effects of sound on the body, in what she calls ‘an exercise in reconnection’.

Together, they will undertake a period of intensive collaboration on-site at Studio Voltaire, deconstructing usual approaches to music composition and performance. The project aims to directly access core emotion through sound. In Sadier’s own words, ‘Intellect is overrated. The real intellect is in feeling. The problem is we are being removed from our bodies and nature. There is an innate intelligence in our bodies, from which we are being castrated.’

Incorporating meditative techniques such as the use of binaural beats, and paying homage to eastern philosophies, the group will translate different facets of human emotion through the music they compose. The gallery, a former chapel, will become a ‘sanctuary of resonance’. External influences will be left at the door, in order to maximise the spectator’s vulnerability to the vibrations inside. As Sadier comments, ‘resonance is the key. The result of this project will be how we interpret this resonance through our pop sensibilities’."

The performance lasted about an hour, with the audience sitting or standing around the band in the gallery space.

I'd describe the music as elemental, nudging into exotica near the end. You could tell the compositions had developed organically from improvisation, although it was mostly tonal and played safe musically. As the blurb says, this was about connecting with the emotions of the audience. About half way through L got everyone to sing and repeat a random pitch and then gradually find harmony by ceding to another person's note. L mostly played keyboards but also a bit of percussion, and there were occasional vocals but only one or two compositions had lyrics.

At the end of "Diggers", the band loosened up by way of an encore with a funky cover version of "You Can't Hide (Your Love From me)" by David Joseph and a quite different set of emotions were released.

Jul 17, 2017, 18:26