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Carmen Villain & Robert Ames set to perform live at the Institute of Contemporary Arts

As part of the ICA’s 75th anniversary, experimental Norwegian-Mexican musician Carmen Villain will perform a rare live performance on Thursday 10 November alongside a solo performance from conductor, curator and arranger Robert Ames.

Taking place within the ICA Theatre located on The Mall, between Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square, the ICA is championing the most challenging and vital artists through an array of events, giving equal emphasis to music, film, moving image, visual arts, performance and much more.

Following the release of her fifth album earlier this year via independent record label Smalltown Supersound, Carmen Villain unleashed a stunning album spanning the experimental side of electronic music, consisting of downtempo, dub and ambient speckled with fourth world tendencies. For the uninitiated, think Jan Jelinek meets clarinet.

In her creative process, Carmen admits she doesn’t know exactly what the final result will be, preferring to operate by intuition, and seeing the process as a “conversation” with sound. A texture or melody buried in a field recording can be the spark that becomes a sketch. Those recordings are burned with snatches of instruments such as the flute, voice and clarinet, then disappear into evocative granular soundscapes – places where words cannot express what each instrument does when stripped down past its elements.

Carmen Villain is scheduled to perform at 21:30. Advanced tickets are on sale now via the link below.


8:00pm  Doors
8:30pm  Robert Ames (solo)
9:30pm  Carmen Villain

Photo by Carlos H. Juica A.

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