Saturday 3 March 2012 at 12:00pm
Compton Terrace, London, N1 2UN, United Kingdom
Tel: +44.(0)20 7226 1686
FREE ENTRY midday - till 2.00pm
Daylight music is a dazzling idea presented by the Union Chapel to open up their amazing gothic venue to a shiny new daytime crowd and provide a rather exciting platform for artists. Produced by Arctic Circle and supported by The 405.
Second Language is a new kind of record label dedicated to releasing the best in innovative contemporary music, cutting across international boundaries and genres from post-classical composition and electronic sound design to singer-songwriting, soundtrack music, plunderphonics and all stations in between.
Despite a plethora of records released since their formation in 1996, you can be forgiven for never having heard of Piano Magic. This Anglo-French 5 piece group operate happily beneath the radar of the contemporary music industry. Though they've toured everywhere from Russia to Spain, Poland to Turkey, their audience is that rare breed - concerned with emotion, not hype; experimentation, not formulas. Indeed, the sonic trajectory of Piano Magic is dizzying. Their records have taken in Kraftwerkian electronica, baroque pop, visceral noise and an icy isolationism not rendered so convincingly since the demise of Joy Division. Their new album, 'Life Has Not Finished With Me Yet' is out on Second Language in early 2012.
Mark Fry was born in 1952 into a family of artists and Quaker philanthropists that included the Bloomsbury group painter and critic Roger Fry. His father is the painter Anthony Fry. On leaving Dartington Hall School in 1970 he enrolled at the Accademia delle Belle Arti in Florence where he studied under the Futurist Primo Conti.
During his Itailain sojourn, Mark recorded some of his own songs with a cabal of itinerant Scottish musicians. The resulting album, entitled Dreaming With Alice, was released by RCA Italy in 1971 and its reputation has grown inexorably ever since. It is now recognized as a seminal work of psychedelic folk.
Latterly based in Normandy, with an established career as a painter, Mark made a tentative return to music in 2007 with the album Shooting the Moon, and subsequently teamed up with Michael Tanner (Plinth) and Nick Palmer (Directorsound) to record a new record, I Lived In Trees, released by the Second Language label in 2011. A major critical success, the album's pastoral hues and reverie-like lyrics make it the logical follow-up to Dreaming With Alice, a mere thirty years later.
Áine O' Dwyer
Áine O' Dwyer is a musician currently based in London. As a young girl, she lived in the quiet Irish countryside where the hours were long, and as consequence, she grew up with a love of loosing herself in the world of sound and atmosphere making.
Áine has been a long standing member of United Bible studies, an Irish free folk improv collective and enjoys playing with several other groups locally and around the world. She has just recently finished an organ improv project, "Music for church cleaners", which will be released early in the new year by the newly established Irish tape label Fort Evil Fruit.