Outside the Lines – Vol. 3

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    Strings and breaks – jungle goes classical in this event curated by Nonclassical Associate Composer Blasio Kavuma, featuring Tom Mason, Suitman Jungle and Cecilia Bignall.Buy here on Bandcamp to receive a free copy of Nonclassical's latest EP, Outside the Lines – Vol. 3.

    The architecture of jungle and drum & bass is knocked down and reassembled in front of our eyes, melding it with contemporary classical, jazz and live performance to explore new potential for this enduring and influential music. ‘The inspiration for the night came from my long-standing addiction to Jungle music,’ says Blasio. ‘As a composer I'm constantly seeking to bridge urban music with contemporary composition. I wanted to bring together artists who are also working to achieve this to present their work."

    Blasio electronically mangles Cecilia Bignall’s cello improvisations, the rhythm of the breakbeats lurking beneath the surface in his new work, Soundclash. Elsewhere, Suitman Jungle – the creation of percussionist Marc Pell – brings jungle to life in real time from behind his drum kit, armed with effects pedals and synth pads. Finally, improvising bassist Tom Mason plays over his own productions released under the alias Son of Mothra, exploring the different percussive textures of the classic breakbeat canon, fusing it with abstract soundscapes and fragmented jazz harmony.

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Saturn 05:35
The Embalmer 04:50


Meet our favourite emerging artists. The third edition of Nonclassical's annual series of EPs Outside the Lines brings together work by our four Associate Composers for 2019–20, alongside a piece by Alex Ho and performed by the winner of Nonclassical's Battle of the Bands in 2019, Reylon.

It's a diverse selection of tracks, each capturing the essence of the artists' individual practices. Dan Samsa's 'Saturn' opens the EP with a jolt – a piercing sample is chopped up and repeated, ringing through an echoing haze of electronics like a sonar pulse. It's followed by Blasio Kavuma's 'Mvnt (in blue)', a work that nods to Debussy's piano preludes. Performed by Lydia Lallemant, it's taken from a set of piano pieces that combine the African tradition with contemporary classical, it melds the lyricism of blues and jazz with tone-clusters and unusual textures.

The Embalmer' by Lola de la Mata responds to the artist living with a chronic condition which causes long periods of fatigue. The piece explores themes of retaining, seizing and emerging – layered vocals create dissonance and natural beating, which fight to cut through a veil of instruments.

Yfat Soul Zisso captures the feeling of modern isolation in 'Together, alone'. It's a plaintive microtonal work for string quartet (Zisso's research specialism is microtonal music). The melodic line uses standard tuning, creating a tension with the quarter-tonal accompaniment – representing the alienation one can feel even when surrounded by other people.

Finally, there's the elegant and contemplative 'Rituals & Resonances' by Alex Ho, performed here by Chinese-American yangqin (a type of Chinese dulcimer) player Reylon. It's a piece that explores the diasporic paradox of feeling nostalgic for your place of origin – perhaps a place you've never lived, let alone visited. Alex and Reylon are co-founders of Tangram, an artistic collective dedicated to Chinese diasporic culture.


released February 28, 2020

Mastered by Anders Peterson / GS Mastering & Post

Artwork by Matthew Appleton / Modern Activity


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