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St John Sessions: William Basinski, Actress, Tim Hecker

St John Sessions are a series of concerts aimed at presenting some of the finest musicians and sonic visionaries in contemporary electronic music set within the beautiful setting of St John at Hackney church. The Sessions are curated by Moringa, an international arts organisation and registered UK charity, who will be helping to give a proportion of each show’s tickets away to the vulnerable and less fortunate members of the local community.

Kicking off on Thursday 27th June are composer William Basinski, Austrian sound artist Fennesz and Swedish electronic musician Helm. William Basinski is an avant-garde composer who is most famously known for his four-volume album ‘The Disintegration Loops’ (2002–2003), constructed from rapidly decaying twenty-year-old tapes of his earlier music. We will interviewing all three artists, so subscribe to our YouTube channel to keep in the loop.

Following up on 11th July, Nils Frahm and Lost Score perform. Nils Farhm is a Berlin based musician and composer and has released solo material under his own name and also with several notable performers such as Anne Müller, Ólafur Arnalds and F.S. Blumm Nils.

On 29th August St Johns welcomes Actress and visual artists Eddie Peake and Nic Hamilton to the church. Actress aka Darren J. Cunningham has released records through an array of respected labels, including two albums ‘R.I.P‘ and ‘Splazsh’ on Honest Jon’s Records, a couple of EP’s on Nonplus Records, and his debut album ‘Hazyville’ on Werkdiscs. Expect deep explorations into Actress’s unique approach to experimental sound design with visuals from Eddie Peake and Nic Hamilton.

The final session is with Tim Hecker, Pete Swanson and Vessel. All artists are stalwarts of contemporary electronic music. Hecker previously recorded under the moniker Jetone, but has become better known internationally for his ambient recordings released through Kranky, Mille Plateaux, Alien8, Force Inc, Staalplaat, and Fat Cat. We recommend listening to Hecker’s album ‘Ravedeath, 1972’ (2011). Vessel aka Sebastian Gainsborough’s album ‘Order Of Noise‘ was one of the most fascinating albums of 2012 and we can’t wait to see what dark new sounds he’s been working on.



Session 1 – William Basinski, Fennesz, Helm – 27th June

Session 2 – Nils Frahm, Lost Score – 11th July

Session 3 – Actress, Eddie Peake, Nic Hamilton – 29th August 

Session 4 – Tim Hecker, Pete Swanson, Vessel – 19th September