Erased Tapes celebrates its 10th anniversary in September with a weekend takeover of the Royal Festival Hall by label artists including Kiasmos, Penguin Cafe, Lubomyr Melnyk, Dawn of Midi, Rival Consoles and Peter Broderick & friends
GoGo Penguin, Tyondai Braxton and Darkstar join Mica Levi as part of an experimental new electronic line-up focusing on cross-genre collaborations
Iceland-based minimal electronica duo Kiasmos kicks off the Erased Tapes ten year celebrations (8-9 September) alongside minimalist jazz ensemble Dawn of Midi who draw on contemporary classical composers Philip Glass and Steve Reich. The weekend also sees performances from Lubomyr Melnyk, noted for his ‘continuous music’ on piano, and Penguin Cafe, known for their layered and intricate sound with global influences; American multi-instrumentalist Peter Broderick & friends including fellow countryman David Allred; and Emmy-award winning composer and musician Michael Price who scored Sherlock. London’s piano-led singer-songwriter Douglas Dare will also feature, alongside Berlin-based Japanese vibraphonist Masayoshi Fujita.
Preceding the label’s celebration, there is an entire weekend of free music and concerts at PRS Foundation’s New Music Biennial. Performances include the Mercury Prize-nominated Manchester-based trio GoGo Penguin (8 July) famed for their fusion of contemporary jazz and electronica as they pay tribute to pioneering film composer Basil Kirchin; Mica Levi, best known for her band Micachu & The Shapes and groundbreaking scores (Jackie, Under The Skin) unveiling a new work written for Southbank Centre’s Associate Orchestra the BBC Concert Orchestra (9 July); and a new piece by electronic music duo Darkstar performed by organist James McVinnie (7 July).
In conjunction with the re-opening of the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room after its two year refurbishment, multi-instrumentalist and composer Tyondai Braxton performs the world premiere of Telekinesis, a large-scale work for orchestra, electronics and choir featuring BBC Concert Orchestra.
Bengi Unsal, Senior Contemporary Music Programmer, Southbank Centre, said: “Apart from the profound impact that the music from Erased Tapes has had on me personally and my musical journey, the label has grown to be one of the most influential independent labels in the UK and is recognised for its groundbreaking stable of artists throughout the world. Being home to the likes of Ólafur Arnalds, Nils Frahm, Kiasmos, Lubomyr Melnyk, Rival Consoles and A Winged Victory For The Sullen, Erased Tapes has frankly championed ten years of fantastic music. We are incredibly proud to be celebrating this milestone with the label and here’s to another ten years.”
Robert Raths, Founder & Director, Erased Tapes, said: “I can’t think of a better place to stage our 10th anniversary celebrations than Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall. It has unique acoustics and architecture and is one of London’s most prestigious live venues. We’re extremely excited that for the very first time we’re able to bring together nearly every artist on the label to share this special experience with the people that have been a part of this 10-year journey.”