Two new collaborative projects explore global influences on electronic music, finding a common thread between different world music traditions.
Producer James Holden presents the results of his time spent in Morocco working with Gnawa musician Maalem Mahmoud Guinia and producer Floating Points, drawing links between the meditative drones of North African musical traditions and Western ambient music. Performing with Guinia’s son Maalem Houssam Guinia in memory of him, together they create a sound which is hypnotically lyrical and syncopated with percussion and light synth sounds.
Opening the concert, Trance producer Etienne Jaumet (Zombie Zombie) joins Sonic Boom (Peter Kember, founding member of Spacemen 3) to present a new project that pays tribute to the experimental, dream-like music of minimalist composer La Monte Young. Joined by vocalist Celine Wadier, whose style is rooted in the hypnotic, droning Dhrupad style of Indian classical music, each comes from different worlds of drone and ambient music and each finds echoes of their own influences in different aspects of Young’s work.