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Archive - Spring Summer 16

M@BU - Music at Bradford University, Bradford Threadfest and Recon present

SAX RUINS with a.P.A.t.T, BARBEROS + support

Sax Ruins

Thursday 18th August 2016, Doors at 7pm.
at Delius Arts & Cultural Centre, 29 Great Horton Rd, Bradford BD7 1AA.
£8/£5 concessions adv - buy online

Tatsuya Yoshida (drums) and Ono Ryoko (alto Sax) perform the songs of legendary prog unrock duo Ruins but with sax instead of bass guitar resulting in some almighty interstellar jazz-skronk.

Ryoko is actively working as an improvisational musician in Nagoya, Japan. She also plays in jazz, rock, funk, rhythm & blues and hip hop bands, as well as working as a studio musician.

Yoshida is one of the most innovative drummer/composer/improvisers in the Japanese avant-garde music scene; not only founding the hugely influential Ruins in the mid 80s (without whom there'd be no Lightning Bolt, Hella or the numerous math/prog rock duos doing the rounds today) but also performs in the amazing Magma-loving Koenjihyakkei, noise-rockers Zeni Geva and High Rise and has worked with John Zorn, Derek Bailey, Bill Laswell, Keiji Haino, Otomo Yoshihide, Acid Mothers Temple and has been released over a hundred records.


Some say that a.P.A.t.T.‘s sound is something of a moving target. This is, after all, the band that swaps instruments mid-song, starred in a TV sitcom, and has even run its own small country for an evening: a restless, relentless take on 21st century music and performance through a lens of knowing, winking, quintessentially British humour. French fans liken the band to Monty Python sketches being played by ‘le Floyd’…or something. Over the past ten years a.P.A.t.T. has inspired comparisons with Devo, Metronomy, Frank Zappa, The Residents and Cardiacs, without actually sounding like any of them. In Fun with Music, “Liverpool’s multi-genre veterans” (The Skinny) have condensed their vision-quest into 45 minutes of hooky, style-busting material.


BARBEROS are absurdist electro-noise theatre from Liverpool, Barberos are not like other bands. An awesome two-drummer percussive battery, shuddering synth noise and frantic tempo switches, whirling between jazz, prog, avant-noise, breakcore and pounding polyrhythms all whilst clad in skintight full-body spandex. Taking influence from Ruins, Tangerine Dream, Boredoms, Aphex Twin and more, Barberos have toured relentlessly over the past 5 years, playing shows in Russia, Scandinavia, The Baltics and much of Western Europe, sharing stages with Melt Banana, Tim Exile, Charles Hayward, Kayo Dot, Ruins Alone, Liars and more. In the last 12 months, BARBEROS have received excellent reviews from such online press as The Quietus and Spin magazine, following shows at Primavera Sound, The Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia and Supernormal Festival.

This event is part of Artworks Creative Communities programme of events funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.

New open music ensemble - No Borders Ensemble -  a new open music ensemble for people of all languages and abilities

No Borders Ensemble will run every Monday, 6-8pm, at Tasmin Little Music Centre, University of Bradford (opposite re:centre).
First session: Monday 22nd February

Find out more

Bradford Threadfest

2016 will be the fifth year of Threadfest, the festival of independent art and music set up via University of Bradford to pull together and celebrate the city’s underground and hard to find music. Over the years it’s developed artistically and secured a strong reputation with leftfield music and arts audiences; The Guardian listed it in their best metropolitan festivals guide and The Wire are big fans mentioning it in their best UK scene’s round up of 2015.

Threadfest 2016 aims to further explore the diverse, collaborative and participatory elements of the underground with a series of events across venues in Bradford this Spring Bank Holiday May 27 - 29th.

The line-up for Threadfest 2016 touches on traversed boundaries, not just aesthetic and disciplinary but across age, race, class, gender, sexuality and ability. Activities include an evening of electronic music by women; the return of the Out There Sounds For All The Family matinee; local-legendary Dada cabaret Cafe Despard’s memorial to singer and art college tutor Mary Johnston; loud queer night Out; an exhibition about migration and trade routes between India and the UK, and collaborations with learning disabled arts charities and more.

Acts include post punk legends The Nightingales fresh from their American tour and appearances at the All Tomorrows Parties festival on the invite of comedian Stewart Lee; Polish-born Glasgow-based ‘haunt pop’ artist, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Ela Orleans; award winning composer Mariam Rezaei’s newly facilitated group No Border’s Ensemble that has worked with Bradford Scratch Orchestra group for musicians and non-musicians of all levels of experience; the Chumbawamba-affiliated ‘explicitly political’ Commoners Choir; London new wave hip-funk trio Ravioli Me Away; ecstatic pop from learning disabled singer songwriter Daniel Wakeford; progressive minimalist indie from Bristol The Jelas; stand up from post-alternative comedy inventor Ted Chippington; movement based on female textiles workers with Gujarati connections by artist Bryony Pritchard and much more.

Threadfest is returning to a multi venue format in 2016 that will include Gallery II at University of Bradford, Bradford Playhouse, Delius Arts and Cultural Centre, Fuse Art Space and The 1 in 12 Club and with events in association with Bradford Pride and Bradford Literature Festival. Our intention is to return again later in the year as part of Recon Festival in October working towards a combined event.

Threadfest 2016 is brought to you by M@BU in partnership with independent organisations, venues and promoters including ReconBradford PlayhouseFuse Art SpaceThe 1 in 12 Club and Delius Arts and Cultural Centre. Supported by University of Bradford and Bradford Metropolitan District Council.

Thursday 17th March

Tickets £5/£3 concessions

Pleasure Grounds and M@BU - Music at Bradford University - present

Inclusion Principle
Martin Archer - electronic keyboards, laptop, saxophones, clarinets, recorders
Hervé Perez - laptop, saxophones
Peter Fairclough - drums and percussion

Inclusion Principle operates in a space between electronics, nu-jazz, contemporary electroacoustic music and free improvisation tending towards a minimalist approach. In performance you will hear pure jazz skill, electronic beats and areas of texture and abstraction all seamlessly woven into a fascinating tapestry of sound. 

Both Martin and Hervé play a similar set up of laptop and woodwinds and yet have a different approach to their instruments. Put together, there is a chemistry that inspire and drive their improvisations towards a wide range of soundscapes.

The choice of instruments and sounds on their palette allows them to dramatically change their music between beat driven electro, minimal and microtonal improvisation via electroacoustic experimentation and nu-jazz.

Long time collaborator Peter Fairclough fills a space in the soundscape that was meant for him, bringing a range of sounds and acoustic instruments. His inventive use of hand percussion, cymbals sculptures and bells blend perfectly with abstract textures while establishing definite jazz grooves that sit comfortably amongst electronic beats.

Sophie Cooper
Sophie Cooper is a West Yorkshire based musician influenced by psychedelic pop, weird noise and drone, whose main interest is in experimenting with conventional song writing. Cooper’s music is written to reflect her life and more often than not is inspired by the people around her. The songs have a dreamlike quality, with sounds and vocals drifting in and out of clarity. Cooper has been making music since her early teens and has been in a string of acts including Cooper Jones and Leopard Leg.

Chris Bywater
Part of the stupendous Orchestra of the Upper Atmosphere, (with Martin) , Transient Vs Resident and Bradford Scratch Orchestra among many. Synthesised electronic immersive environments a speciality. 

7pm - 10pm. at Delius Arts & Cultural Centre, Great Horton Rd, Bradford. 

Attendees of 'Reflections on the Work of Albert Hunt/Within the Art School and Without' ( at Bradford College during the day can take advantage of the concessionary rate.

Friday Feb 19th 

Delius Arts and Cultural Centre

at Delius Arts and Cultural Centre, Great Horton Rd, Bradford. 

Tickets £5/£4 concessions. 

Za! (Spain)
Two people in front of your eyes, yet a transoceanic, futuristic/primitive orchestra in your ears the duet from Barcelona known as ZA!, keep on with their post-world music conquest of PachaMadreTierraWAH.

Two years after releasing WANANANAI (Rockdelux’s Album of 2013), ZA! present a record that defies many conventions, even their own. The title LOLOISMO comes from ‘Loloiza’, the Spanish phrase for the chants that echo out from football fields, where often the collective act of singing holds more value than the lyrics. The only premise the band set themselves was to avoid repetition of songs. To accomplish this, Spazzfrica Ehd(drums/keyboards/vocals) and Papadupau (guitar/trumpet/samples/vocals) have explored new genres and tried new ways of playing and filtering their instruments. The result is ten hits, ten individual worlds that continue to evolve with each listen.

There is no set style: industrial meets dubstep, hip hop, clicks n’cuts electronic music, math-rock. Diversity is key, from the old-shool hardcore clichés to Asian, Arabic or invented landscapes, sometimes sampling live guitar, sometimes passing the whole drumkit through the amplifiers. The elements have been recorded live, on the same take and in the same room, only adding vocal overdubs.

ZA! call it “Loloizable experimental music with a chorus”, because until LOLOISMO the band’s lyrics had never evolved beyond a concept or a single word. As expected, these newly unearthed lyrics match with the experimental language of music, with repetitions, encrypted metrics and neologisms. The will is always to “loloize” rather than to pontifícate; to sing freely, collectively, and in tune with the Halfmighty Silly Sister of Wisdom.

On tour with Za are another band from the Audacious Art Experiment stable; krautrocking underground 'supergroup' NOPE. Featuring members of That Fucking TankHookworms and COWTOWN NOPE have been pummelling ears and expanding minds for a while now with two albums of duel-drumming psychedelic repeato-rock performed with post punk intensity and a dash of early nineties alternative rock.

Zizek Stardust and her band from another time return to Bradford to teach us in the ways of Fully Automated Luxury Communism. Three teenage girls making a polticised postpunk riot.

Bradford Scratch Orchestra
A performance from the open platform for musicians and non-musicians of all level of experience to make collaborative and improvised music.

This event is part of Artworks Creative Communities programme of events funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.


M@BU - Music at Bradford University presents:

King Ayisoba (Ghana) | Zea (Netherlands, The Ex) | Ayuune Suley (Ghana) | Dean McPhee

King A S

at Delius Arts & Cultural Centre, Great Horton Rd, Bradford. 
£10 / £7 cons. 8pm doors.

Traditional kologo music from the Upper East Region of 
Ghana brought with the energy and flavour of the twenty first century. The kologo is a two string guitar with a calabash gourd resonator, it is rhythmic and melodic at the same time. King Ayisoba sings in Frafra, Twi and in English and is a big star in Ghana. If you caught him at Fuse Art Space as part of Recon festival a couple of years back you'll know not to miss this.

Ayuune Suley (Ghana)
Another traditional musician on Kologo guitar, playing authentic music from East of Ghana.

ZEA (Netherlands)
Solo performance from Arnold de Boer of legendary post-punksters The Ex deploying guitar 
and sampler for an almighty bout of high energy songs. Urgent lyrics 
over guitar, roughshod beats and grimy bass lines. This is fat-free 
music with no words wasted; joyfully obstinate, wonderfully bonkers.

Dean McPhee
Blisful ambient solo guitar compositions from Bingley. His influences include British Folk, Dub, Krautrock, Post Rock, Moroccan Trance and Modal Jazz, and while his sparse, melodic and echo-laden playing has been compared to Vini Reilly, Fripp & Eno and Loren Connors, his singular approach to the instrument is very much his own. Respected dub connoisseur, “On the Wire” presenter and champion of unusual and esoteric music Steve Barker recently described Dean as being “definitely one of the leading contemporary guitar stylists in the UK, and in the world” and his albums have been widely praised by The Wire, Uncut, Record Collector, Music OMH, Dusted Magazine, Brainwashed, DOA, Drowned in Sound, MOJO Magazine, ATTN: Magazine and more.

This event is part of Artworks Creative Communities programme of events funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.