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Wed 4 Jul 2018, 7-9.30PM
Past event

Z'EV Thames

Video still from Heart Beat Ear Drum: a film about Z’EV by Ellen Zweig

An evening celebrating the life and work of composer/percussionist, visual artist, poet and theorist Z’EV, who passed away in December 2017 aged 66. Best known for his explorations of acoustic phenomenon, from the late 1970s Z’EV created abstract percussion soundscapes improvised out of found materials, initially working purely with acoustic sound and later with digital processing. His singular live performances were both physical spectacles and investigations of “spatial poetics”. Across nearly four decades he collaborated internationally with musicians, dancers, poets, performance artists and visual artists, amongst them Anne Bean, Bow Gamelan Ensemble, Glenn Branca, Christian Marclay, Charlemagne Palestine, Chris Watson, Richard Wilson and John Zorn. He wrote extensively on Kabbalah and rhythm, reformulating it to an Earth-based paradigm he called Rhythmajik, which he noted “is not about music but spells out the use of rhythm and sound and proportion for trance and healing.”

Join us for this special event with Z’EV’s friends and collaborators summoning Rhythmajik, with contributions from Anne Bean & Richard Wilson, Max Eastley, Ken Hyder, Marie-Gabrielle Rotie and Nick Parkin, Rory Salter, Barbara Steveni, Richard Strange and Ellen Zweig.