Thursday 21st March
We would like to invite you to our next cooking session at the Old Hairdressers on 21st February at 7:30pm. Noisemakers and listeners are equally welcome. This event is not-for-profit but we would like to ask you for a donation of £3 to cover the cost of the space and help running this on a regular basis in the future. For further info, please read this well-crafted paragraph:
Dedicated to creating synchronicities, serendipities and misunderstandings, Soup, Zuppa is a place for everyone interested in improvised and experimental music. Working with the premise that all mistakes can be integrated, we are interested in bringing together people from different backgrounds to experiment and improvise in an open atmosphere. Musical education is absolutely not necessary and we would encourage everyone who had one to forget as much of it as possible.
Groups of performers will be put together after a 20min Soup at the beginning of the evening in which all participants play simultaneously. If you would like to participate, please let us know how much space you will need and what equipment you will bring. We would like to ask all electronic musicians to bring their own speakers, as we won´t have a PA installed in the space and all participants will be located throughout the space.
Please send everything to firstname.lastname@example.org at least one day before the event if you would like to play or contact us directly via our website www.soupzuppa.org
Keep up the noise!
Caroline, Simon & Nuno
Berk’s Nest – Glasgow International Comedy Festival
Friday 22nd, Saturday 23rd, Sunday 24th March
Full listings and tickets HERE
In 2019, we’re heading to our first ever Glasgow International Comedy Festival, and we’re not doing anything by halves: taking over a whole venue for a packed weekend of shows. We’ve got some of our favourite shows from 2018, including performances from Sindhu Vee, Emma Sidi, Olga Koch, and Lola & Jo, plus previews of new shows from the likes of Desiree Burch, Max & Ivan, Tom Parry, Lolly Adefope, and Colin Hoult. Plus, a late night comedy lock-in from Birthday Girls and a very special Late Night Cheese & Sex Party with Anna Mann. Come join us for one, two, or seventeen shows.
If It Ain’t Country
Tuesday 26th March, 7pm, £3
Join the singing circle, inspired by Nashville’s Blue Café’s In The Round, join us in a night of all things country. All talents welcome – come along, jam, sing or just listen…
David Toop, Rashad Becker, Bell Lungs
Thursday 28th March 7pm
Advance tickets £8 available HERE
£10 on the door
David Toop will be in conversation, talking about his writing.
The talk will be followed by performances from Rashad Becker, Bell Lungs and David Toop.
David Toop has been developing a practice that crosses boundaries of sound, listening, music and materials since 1970. This encompasses improvised music performance, writing, electronic sound, field recording, exhibition curating, sound art installations and opera. It includes seven acclaimed books, including Rap Attack (1984), Ocean of Sound (1995), Sinister Resonance (2010), Into the Maelstrom (2016) and Flutter Echo, a memoir first published in Japan (2017). Briefly a member of David Cunningham’s pop project The Flying Lizards in 1979, he has released thirteen solo albums, from New and Rediscovered Musical Instruments on Brian Eno’s Obscure label (1975) and Sound Body on David Sylvian’s Samadhisound label (2006) to Entities Inertias Faint Beings (2016). His 1978 Amazonas recordings of Yanomami shamanism and ritual were released on Sub Rosa as Lost Shadows (2016). In recent years his collaborations include Rie Nakajima, Akio Suzuki, Tania Chen, John Butcher, Ken Ikeda, Elaine Mitchener, Henry Grimes, Sharon Gal, Camille Norment, Sidsel Endresen, Alasdair Roberts, Thurston Moore, Ryuichi Sakamoto and a revived Alterations, the iconoclastic improvising quartet with Steve Beresford, Peter Cusack and Terry Day first formed in 1977. Curator of sound art exhibitions including Sonic Boom at the Hayward Gallery (2000), his opera – Star-shaped Biscuit – was performed as an Aldeburgh Faster Than Sound project in 2012. He is currently Professor of Audio Culture and Improvisation at London College of Communication.
Rashad Becker is a composer and musician residing in Berlin.
His compositions are multilayered narratives populated by an ensemble of sonic entities, some smug, some shy, some agitators, others ready to surrender. Often there’s a tragic-comical touch, like a cartoon version of what could be a requiem from a dream (or just as much a fertility dance from another dimension).
Recent works include the cycle Traditional Music Of Notional Species released across two volumes on PAN, and a multi-part work called Based On A True Story that derives scores from historical occurrences in a sort of ‘sonic staging’. In this context, he is currently commissioned by New York-based ensemble Alarm Will Sound and Berlin string ensemble Kaleidoskop.
Rashad is mainly active as a solo artist but finds himself in a series of permanent collaborations alongside Eli Keszler, Moritz von Oswald and as a member of the formation Moleglove. Other and more sporadic collaborators have been Okkyung Lee, Andre Vida, Ashley Paul, and Valerio Tricoli. LISTEN
‘Becker’s deft manipulation of the oddball sounds he creates allows him to elevate what could have been hazy sketches into the realm of high art’ — The Quietus
Listen to Bell Lungs HERE
A one-woman band who has been carving a unique post-folk sound using layered vocals, electric violin, guitar, tunedpercussion, field recordings and effects pedals since 2016 to create transcendental atmospherically shifting soundscapes and snippets of songs, musing upon rural idylls, post-industrial heartlands and online culture infused with psychedelic, improvisational and folk elements.
DAVID THOMAS BROUGHTON
Friday 29th March
Tickets £8 adv / £10 otd
DAVID THOMAS BROUGHTON
David Thomas Broughton is one of a kind. His live outings and recorded material defy easy classification. His shows are an exhilarating mix of musical improvisation and performance art, underlined with raw unpredictability. His recorded material is dark but beautiful, marrying traditional folk with surrealist experimentation
Over the past few years, David Thomas Broughton has been making waves with his unique and distinct approach to music. When Broughton performs it’s a story of incompletion and insecurity. As his songs ponder the difficulties of relationships, the awkwardness of emotion, he plays the same games with the audience. A pause mid-song to brush off his knee, or to rearrange his belongings on the floor: Layers of melody are slowly built, soar, whistle then fizzle as does a kettle on a stove.
Sealionwoman was formed by way of a fortuitous, chance meeting of Scottish-born jazz-influenced vocalist Kitty Whitelaw and double bass player Tye McGivern. The stripped-down duo line-up of Sealionwoman coalesced around Whitelaw’s rich and beguiling vocal and McGivern’s atmospherically inventive approach to his instrument. A defiantly uncategorisable sound was born, equally informed by melancholic soundscapes, torch-song transgressions and rapturous drama. McGivern offers Bad Seeds-style atmospherics influenced by noir-jazz degenerates Morphine and a Colin Stetson-esque approach to minimalism. This is masterfully fused with Whitelaw’s theatrical inspired vocals, taking inspiration from iconoclastic vocal stylists like Beth Gibbons,Circuit Des Yeux’s Haley Fohr, and Sarah Vaughan. ‘Siren’ is a work capable of luring any adventurous soul onto the rocks.
Lewis McLaughlin & Friends + Support
Bleach HCP x Terra Nova
Thursday 11th April
£5 on the door
Pumice, Thistle Group, Youngs/Fowler Duo
Friday 19th April, 8pm
Tickets £8 ADV or £10 on the door
Pumice is New Zealand artist Stefan Neville. A long time music maker and publisher of wonky sounds. Releases in his Stabbies label layer intimate songwriting with lo-fi noise and psychedelia. You could listen to THIS or Stefan’s label HERE.
“Everything Pumice owns is broken. Uninitiated audience members might think he is fucking up ’till half-way through when it becomes clear they are witnessing a perfect solo ballet of mini-cassettes, modified guitar, foot-pedal drum-kit & short-circuiting spring reverb croon.
Deep into a genius career, Pumice still surprises with his subtle mastery of broke-down sounds, slowed-down Magic Band rhythms, crumbling chord organ hymns & tragic ballads that reach deep into the very soul of Flying Nun/Xpressway/Root Don Lonie For Cash anti-pop pop music.” AFM
“The subtle, textural manipulation of sound which characterises Claire Mahoney’s (Olympus, It Hurts) solo project, Thistle Group, is at once striking and fragile; unforgettable while always in the midst of fading.” AFM
Youngs Fowler Duo
Local artists Richard Youngs and Luke Fowler are planning a new improvised performance. They have be recently working together on the disco band AMOR. But for tonight’s performance, expect something a little more exploratory and experimental.
Friday, May 3, 7.30pm
Saramago takes a trip to The Old Hairdressers…
Escape-ism – nom de guerre of mythic rock ’n’ roll provocateur / theorist / revolutionary Ian Svenonius (performer, author, filmmaker, etc.) – returns to Glasgow for a special 2019 soiree at The Old Hairdressers – with support to be announced.
Get tickets HERE
Press for Escape-ism – The Lost Record.
Only ten months after he provided us with an Introduction to Escape-ism, mythic rock ’n’ roll provocateur / theorist / revolutionary Ian Svenonius is back as Escape-ism with The Lost Record, a classic destined to bewitch the minds, hearts, and dancing shoes of any rock ’n’ roll fan who happens to discover it, for as long as such creatures exist.
Without the high-octane hype machine of the mind-control minstrels who hypnotize the hapless through the mass media, The Lost Record is bound for inevitable obscurity, but—with its timeless tunes, poignant message, and innovative sound—rediscovery and immortal status is equally assured!
The Lost Record, being what it is, has enormous selling potential. Music enthusiasts will be thrilled to be the ones clever and kind enough to have rescued this platter from oblivion.
Recorded in four different studios—Gaucho in Los Angeles, Flat Black in Iowa, Tonal Park in Takoma Park, MD, and at Club Blasé in DC—the record is the culmination of humanity’s attempt at something poignant, perverse, and poetically imperfect.
Eilidh Steel & Mark Neal
Monday 6th May
SOMETHING WICKED: A HORROR MUSICAL COMEDY
Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th May, 7:30pm
Tickets are £5 and are available HERE
Book & Lyrics by Joseph Traynor
Music by Luke Barratt
Amanda is a very strange and, some would say twisted girl. She’s lived what one might call a “colourful” life. But now she’s gone and got herself kidnapped in the middle of the night by a demented, but slightly inept serial killer. This promises to be a night neither of them will ever forget
SOMETHING WICKED is a new horror comedy musical inspired by classic horror slasher movies such as HALLOWEEN, FRIDAY THE 13TH and SCREAM. It promises to make you jump, laugh and gasp in horror at its surprising twist ending…Which isn’t the least bit surprising but…Buy a ticket, come along and you’ll know what I mean
Friday 10th May, 7pm
£6 ADV Buy tickets
Pozi release their debut LP via PRAH Recordings on the 5th of April. Underachievers Club are very excited to have them join us at the Old Hairdressers in the excellent company of Callum Easter – an Underachievers Club #1 highlight – and Snout, lo-fi guitar pop goodness with plenty of wonk,
We are extremely happy to welcome Pozi to Glasgow for their first show here. They are a striking proposition, with the arresting ‘KTCMO’ – an immediate musical response to the manmade horrors of Grenfell – an extraordinary calling card. It’s angry, of course; but that rage is packaged beautifully; hear the mournful ‘may the residents rest in peace’ chorus, with Rosa Brooks’ melancholy violin carrying it, and feel it right in your heart. This is the socially conscious music we need. Watch
Otherworldly singer of rhythm and blues, Callum Easter is a magnetic performer; armed with a drum machine, some samples and an accordion he blew the roof off the Glad Cafe when we had him play the maiden Underachievers Club show back in January. Music is a language and Callum is one of it’s great communications, evoking a childlike sense of wonder and comprehension in his songs. Debut album due very soon through our good friends at Lost Map, needless to say it’s exceptional and he’s about to make a lot of new fans. Watch
When we first heard Unearthed, the collection of recordings released by Snout back in January, we immediately had to sort a live show. Have you heard this? Stop what you’re doing and buy it. Kieran Thomas and Adam Halcrow have made a DIY masterpiece; 22 tracks influenced by – in their own words – R. Stevie Moore and Simon and Garfunkel. We hear some Guided by Voices and Deerhunter. Ultimately, Snout shouldn’t be pigeonholed; if you like well crafted pop-tunes and lo-fi recordings you will love it. Can’t wait to see them live. Listen
Ana da Silva & Phew
Closet Organ w/ Ex Wives and special guests.