A Music Residency program.
Announcing SBR009: Stealing Sheep
22nd June - 8th July 2017
We are really proud to announce a new residency with Stealing Sheep, an electro pop trio from Liverpool. Stealing Sheep have released 2 albums on Heavenly Recordings and are currently developing their third album that will be premiered at this years Manchester International Festival accompanied by a brand new multi media show developed during their Samarbeta residency at Islington Mill. The project entitled ‘POWER GAMES’ includes their new shimmery disco sounds and colourful pop-art lighting techniques that experiment with black light illusion, sound responsive light structures, cutting edge LED sculpturing, RGB shadows and robotic dance formations. An open call will go out in the next few months to involve local dancers. Watch the band perform their eagerly anticipated new album live (prior to it's release), accompanied by fascinating visuals.
Thurston Moore Poetry Reading.
Last night was a very special event with an intimate reading from Thurston Moore, Lauren Bolger & Bob Clowery in Fat Out’s Burrow at Islington Mill, captured beautifully by photographer Paul Husband.
Announcing SBR008: Thurston Moore
We are incredibly proud to announce the next Samarbeta residency on the eve of the culmination of Crime Scene: David McLean & Phil Carney. Between 26th February and 4th March Thurston Moore & Radieux Radio will join with selected collaborators to work on a site specific project entitled 'Watch the Sky' which will culminate in a live performance and exhibition Islington Mill on Friday 3rd March. Tickets are on sale NOW via Skiddle.
'McLean makes a scene'
And a very happy new year it is. David McLean & Phil Carney’s culminating residency performance CRIME SCENE was previewed in the MEN newspaper.
SBR 007 Announced
Since our last residency ended in May we have been budy hatching plans for the next few and today we are exceptionally pleased to announce the next residency will be taking place from 4-15th January with musician David Mclean and film noir writer Phil Carney. Entitled Crime Scene the duo will spend 10 days at Islington Mill producing a new suite of compositions performed by a large ensemble of local Manchester musicians and actors. Including musicians and actors from Mother, Water, Action Beat, Lake of Snakes, Drunk in Hell, Barberos & Lonelady. You can read more about the residency and purchase tickets for the live show & exhibition by visiting their page.
Mama is coming home.
We knew she would stay away for too long . We are excited to announce that Lydia Lunch’s Retrovirus will be performing at Islington Mill on Thursday 15th December. Supporting the show is Yr Lovely Dead Moon and Slow Knife, both of which are projects by ‘From the Page to the Stage’ participants.
It is exactly one year since the release of the SBR002: Swaggerjack publication, a book documenting the process of the band producing a record in solitude, aiming to create a record that was free from influence from the outside world. One copy of this record was produced on degradable dubplate and the only way you will hear this record is to visit the British Library Sound Archives.
Since the release Samarbeta and Swaggerjack have invited writers to review the record. By going to the library with your ID and utility bill you then become a member of the British Library, and within 30 minutes you will be be sat in the beautiful library listening to music produced at Islington Mill that you cannot hear anywhere else in the world.
To mark the one year anniversary of the release we have added new inserts to the book that incorporate reviews from Jennifer Lucy Allan (ARC Light Editions) and Paul Margree (We Need No Swords). These writers capture the process of making time to hear new music in a time where everything is so accessible. The reviews have been risograph’ed and accompany the updated version of the book.
Incredibly excited to announce that THIS MONDAY (7th) at the Lydia Lunch's RETROVIRUS show at Islington Mill is the official launch of LYDIA LUNCH: FROM THE PAGE TO THE STAGE, a publication and audio CD recorded and performed during at Islington Mill, Salford, during Lydia Lunch’s Samarbeta residency. This publication is a hand made beauty, designed and printed by Textbook Studio. Officially this is not being released until Friday 11th March but you will be able to get your hands on one 4 days early at this show.
Schoolhouse an electronica project with visuals from Manchester. “Textually, it resembles the dense minimalism of Pauline Oliveros or Makoto Kawabata’s most cosmic excursions”. Glovackyte & Cutting's set explores the idea of process as performance, with the act of live recording and analogue delay reminiscent of the 70s tape technique Frippertronics, made popular by Robert Fripp and Brian Eno.
KHOM'S amazing film that documents the incredible Lydia Lunch and Weasel Walter residency back in October. Watching this has made us very nostalgic and super excited about have both Weasel and Lydia back for Retrovirus in March. Massive thanks to Jamie Robinson aka KHOM for making this film and capturing the vibe of residency so accurately.
As part of their Samarbeta residency Benjamin D. Duvall of EEIH presents a lecture and workshop exploring the groups' approaches, techniques and preparations within the broader context of 20th century experimental music and 'prepared' instruments, through mixed media and group participation.
An all-star cast of sonic brutarians in a no-holds-barred survey of her musical output from 1977 to the present. Including music from Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, 8 Eyed Spy, Queen of Siam, 1313 and Shotgun Wedding.
Ex Easter Island Head return to Samarbeta following the success of their initial residency with the BBC Philharmonic ensemble in April/May of 2015. As part of this Samarbeta residency the group will spend 2 weeks at Islington Mill to develop the Large Electric Ensemble, Manchester. EEIH will work with a handpicked selection of local guitarists from a variety of musical backgrounds to compose a new piece that will see the groups' unique vocabulary of extended techniques deployed on a mass scale.
After an incredible two weeks of having Lydia Lunch on residency today we reluctantly took her to the airport today. Massive thank you to both Lydia and Weasel for everything they put into their residency. A really special two weeks and already plans brewing for their return next year.
Not long to go until Lydia Lunch touches down in the UK to undertake her Samarbeta residency. One of three live performances she will do whilst based at Islington Mill falls on Halloween. Today we are pleased to announce that alongside this performance, the Islington Mill gallery will be being transformed into our WYTCHES COVEN MOVIE THEATRE with the purpose of conjuring spells, sharing our mystic energy and learning from experienced Wytches by watching
Want to be taught the art of spoken word performance by the Queen of Siam? Two opportunities to participate in a collaborative workshop led by Lunch during her residency in October. For more information click here.
Today we have announced not one, not two but THREE Live shows as part of our next Samarbeta residency with Lydia Lunch: SBR005. The residency will take place across 2 weeks from 24th October- 4th November. Facebook Pages are here for those who want to get social:
Wednesday was a wonderful launch for SBR002: Publication documenting the Swaggerjack residency. Callum & John have produced a beautiful book which creatively tells the story of their residency. The book is now available to buy for £10 + postage.
Its a busy time at Samarbeta HQ. Having just returned from Supernormal Festival where Anonymous Bash wowed the audience as they headlined the main stage on the Friday night (more images and news of that to come) we can officially announce not one but TWO events upcoming in so many weeks!
Secondly we have the live event from SBR004, the residency between Sam Weaver and Rachel Goodyear. The event will feature a live set up including; Danny Saul, Otto Willberg, Andrew Cheetham, David McLean, Daniel & Christian Weaver, Colin Webster, Simon King and Jon Perry plus many more PLUS live dancing from Gwen Osmond.
And if that aint enough for you, Wednesday evening sees an event in association with Samarbeta as Turkish free Jazz group, Konstrukt perform at Islington Mill for their debut Manchester show and only Northern date on this tour! Whilst in the city the group will be getting involved with Sam Weaver's SBR004 by providing some recordings for the fractured line.
After a slightly delayed start to the residency due to Sam somehow cutting his iris and needing time to recover yesterday saw the official start of SBR: 004. Weaver invited Andrew Cheetham (drums), Colin Webster (sax) and Otto Wilburg (double bass) and started the recording process in Fat Out's Burrow.
They will work with musicians from across the globe including Turkish Free Jazz band Konstrukt, Manchesters own free improvising power unit Otto Willberg, David Birchall & Andrew Chettham plus Danny Saul, David McLean and previous Samarbeta residency musicians, Swaggerjack plus many many more.
It is with great delight that we can announce our success at securing a grant from Arts Council England to fund the next 3 Samarbeta music residencies and to develop the program to have a more sustainable future.
Each residency will be different from the next, encompassing our ethos of this being an artist led residency; in giving them time away from everyday constraints to focus on something they wish to develop in their own creative practice. They will incorporate elements of collaboration, experimentation and education, interacting with you, as contributors, performers or audience members and it is this element which is key for us to make a residency a success.
Incredibly excited that Anonymous Bash will be performing at the wonderful Supernormal festival this year. Such a special festival in a magical location. Such a great line up and only £80 for the whole weekend. Tickets are available here.
Liverpool based Ex Easter Island Head will write a brand new composistion for selected members of BBC Philharmonic. The piece will be performed live and debuted at this years Sounds From the Other City Festival. You can get tickets for the festival here. And find out more about the residency by checking out the page.
Callum and John locked themselves in the Islington Mill club space and wrote a new record, completely uninfluenced and uninterrupted by the exterior world. Now they hand it over to Samarbeta favourite Sam Weaver to master, and then it will be transported to the London Sound Archive.
Each day we will be sent images from the Swaggerjack residency via a secret shared folder. This will be the duos only contact with the world during thier week long residency and we will share them with you daily. See the gallery on the right hand side of this column.
The duo, otherwise known as John Powell-Jones and Callum Higgins are taking the residency program to the polar opposite of what Charles Hayward did by locking themselves away within the confines of the Islington Mill Venue Space for a solid week in total isolation. In cutting themselves off from all communication & human contact the duo hope to create a record that is uninfluenced.
The residency will be heavily documented visually, HOWEVER the outcome of this residency will not be heard en masse. One sole 12” record will be produced as a dubplate, degrading with continual use making no two plays the same. This single copy will be immediately hand delivered to the British Library Sound Archive (BLSA) in London, where the record will sit alongside late 19th century cylinders & over 360,000 CD’s as well as 12 other formats of music publications. The recording will only be able to be listened to in person at the library itself.
TONIGHT is the night. It is Record Launch time! Come and join us at Islington Mill, Salford from 7:30pm. Mr Charles Hayward has been here for 3 days on a mini residency working with musicians to recreate the record LIVE and it will be performed this evening for the first ever time! Along with a whole host of other one off collaborations between musicians that feature on the record.
Production of Anonymous Bash are well and truely underway. Alot of cutting, sticking and DVD burning going on in the Samarbeta camp this week getting all the handmade artwork ready in time for the record release on Monday.
Following on from the very first Samarbeta residency, which took place in May/June 2014 with This Heat drummer, Charles Hayward, it is now the time for SwaggerJack to take centre stage. The duo, otherwise known as John Powell-Jones and Callum Higgins have so far released one album through Higgins own, Sacred Tapes label and we are super psyched to announce them as the next musicians-in-residence for Samarbeta
Photo Credit: Vera Marmelo