Now in its third year, Convergence Festival returns to London between 10 – 20th March 2016 to celebrate musical pioneers, visual artists and technologists across the capital.
For those not in the know, Convergence is a celebration of music, art and technology presented in the form of a series of live events and workshops held within leading venues across London, including Barbican, Scala, St John on Bethnal Green, Roundhouse, Troxy, KOKO and Village Underground in Shoreditch.
With its emphasis on live performance, new music, spontaneity, collaboration and one-off experimentation, Convergence seeks to promote intuition from its artists and inspire wonder in its audiences.
"Convergence is led by heroic innovators, fiery personalities and evocative voices that are masters, rather than slaves, to the algorithm.”
Performances will cover a broad range of genres, breaking the boundaries of the term, from the likes of Omar Souleyman, Factory Floor, !!! chk chk chk and The Gaslamp Killer who will team up for a live performance alongside The Heliocentrics. Ninja Tune hip-hop duo The Herbaliser will celebrate their 20th anniversary with a high octane spectacular Night of FutureFunk featuring Rodney P.
Another defining development of this year’s Convergence, is the addition of an artist in residency programme, and there is no better artist to inaugurate this effort than American experimental composer Dan Deacon.
Renowned for his thrillingly visceral live shows, Deacon’s theoretical background is often overwhelmed by his ability to make us laugh, dance, and embrace strangers in his rare transformative sweaty gigs. Dan will appear in his own concert at Village Underground. At Convergence Sessions, he will lead a Masterclass with Guildhall Young Arts Academy and will also appear in an interview with Mary Anne Hobbs. Sessions take place from 1719 March at Ace Hotel Shoreditch, view the full itinerary here.
"Technology wants us to be clean, carefully quantised and perfectly composed, but it is when artists break the rules that we are compelled and delighted."
Convergence is a meeting point of different sensorial dimensions which features some of the best musicians of our days from 4/4 dance music to jazz and hip-hop, while having in mind the legacy of past producers and aiming to spur musical evolution without sinking in the trap of technology.
Other artist performing include;Lamb, The Gaslamp Killer, of Montreal, !!! chk chk chk, Omar Souleyman, Clap! Clap!, Larry Gus, KUTMAH, The Correspondents and The Herbaliser’s Night of FutureFunk featuring Rodney P, Junun ft. Shye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood & the Rajasthan Express, Dan Deacon, Nurse With Wound, Factory Floor, Anna von Hausswolff, Colin Stetson, Shit Robot, Karen Gwyer, KaraLis Coverdale & Simbiosi. Also: Nadine Shah confirmed for Pieces of a Man: the Gil ScottHeron Project.
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