AboutCalling Out Of Context is a nine-day festival of experimental music and sound. This unique event will feature a host of musicians and artists in a series of performances, gigs and workshops, that express the vitality of the sonic avant-garde.
Calling Out Of Context includes over forty performers and groups, including both emerging figures and well-known names. Many of the participants cross the boundaries between different musical traditions, and the festival which takes its title from a song by the American underground musician Arthur Russell draws on the crossover ethos of New York's downtown music scene of the 60s, 70s and 80s. Everyday we will present a fresh and experimental approach to the âdifficult fun' of noise, improv, wonky, jazz, contemporary classical, drone metal and more.
Calling Out Of Context aims to fill the ICA with sound. The ICA's theatre will host performances, workshops and discussions; while the lower gallery will be used as a performance space, and the upper gallery will function as a fully equipped recording studio. The programme includes performances by The Red Krayola, Gravetemple, Rhys Chatham, Mica Levi (Micachu), Aaron Dilloway, Seb Rochford, Steve Noble, Plus Minus Ensemble, James Beckett and Lucky Dragons, as well as new sound works by Jan St Werner and Robin Watkins.
The season concludes with a weekend of events dedicated to the British avant-garde musician and activist Cornelius Cardew, featuring contributions from John Tilbury, Grant Watson and Ultra Red (and coinciding with an exhibition on Cardew's work at The Drawing Room in East London). Like Cardew, all of the participants in Calling Out Of Context push at the boundaries of sound, but importantly they also use it to inspire ideas and actions.