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In The Courtyard

- Jim Ghedi - Alex McLean & Susanne Palzer - Juxtavoices - Neil Webb - George Rogers - Blood Sport (DJ set) – Del H Hoyle (DJ set) - Mark Doyle (workshop) - 

This Saturday Bloc Projects is host to a diverse range of Sheffield based musicians, artists, performers and composers in the courtyard and gallery spaces, accompanied by with food, drinks and creative activities.

Entrance is free. The event is supported by Our Big Gig and all funds raised support the Bloc Projects programme. RSVP via Facebook here.


Jim Ghedi is an experimental singer/songwriter, multi instrumental musician exploring acoustic experimentation, African & Eastern traditions Free Jazz & Avante-Garde composition. Innovating a rare style of playing through his intricate finger picking work on acoustic guitar and expressive saxophone playing, he follows sound over structure, a spontaneous and unconventional style that makes him an unpredictable and intriguing musician to watch and listen to. Recently releasing his debut album Satori, he is currently working on new material that he will be introducing for the first time live. Jim’s set will feature an artist painting live in response to the music.

Susanne Palzer and Alex McLean‘s first collaboration explored “binary transmission” through the act of stepping on and off a platform (Palzer) and knitting (McLean). At Bloc they will build upon this work by presenting a new audio-visual connection between their performance art and live-coding practices, through shared interest in pattern. Alex will also later live code some music for barbecues, in the algorave style if the mood is right! Susanne Palzer is a cross-disciplinary artist, researcher and performer based at Bloc Studios in Sheffield, UK. Her current practice is an investigation into the fusion of digital technology and physical performance. Alex McLean is a researcher, software artist, live coder and musician based in Sheffield. Alex is active across the digital arts; he is co-founder of TOPLAP and Algorave, and has performed widely across Europe, including at the Transmediale, Ars Electronica, STRP, and Sonar festivals. He is research fellow of ICSRiM, University of Leeds, where he is principal investigator of “Weaving Codes, Coding Weaves”, a project looking at correspondences between weaving on hand looms and live coding.

Neil Webb is an artist working in Sheffield. His practice includes sound installation, video, performance, curation, CD releases (under the name ‘bocman’), and he is a founder member of Host Artists Group. He is now senior lecturer in sound at Sheffield Hallam University. In 2008 Neil was commissioned to create a new audio installation in Sheffield’s Winter Gardens. Titled ‘Adrift’ this was part of the city-wide event ‘Art Sheffield 08 Yes, No Other Options.’ Other recent works include ‘The Innocents’ an audio installation inspired by Jack Clayton’s film of the same name. ‘Far Beneath in the Abysmal Sea’, a new audio piece first shown at the Late Shows in Newcastle at Vane Gallery, which is inspired by Tennyson’s sonnet and John Wyndham’s book, ‘The Kraken Wakes’. Neil has recently performed a new live surround sound collaboration with Ron Wright titled, ‘A Colony Provides a Safe Haven’ at Tate Britain and will be exhibiting a new surround sound installation; ‘Wired Above’ with David Morin in Paris later this year.

Juxtavoices antichoir from Sheffield presents a repertoire developed over three years and performed in venues as diverse as a bear pit, a library stairwell, a disused steelworks, churches and more conventional concert settings. Although the group performs structured scores, no fixed pitches are ever notated, and the group uses improvisation to shape the detail of the scores as the music progresses. Their perofrmances include arrangements of poems by singers Christine Kennedy and Geraldine Monk and others by Samuel Beckett, Gertrude Stein and the grandmaster of sound poetry Bob Cobbing, with solo and collaborative compositions by Martin Archer and co-director Alan Halsey. Only a few of the thirty members are experienced singers. They have performed alongside musicians from the improvising scene and other genres, poets, visual artists and more.

Formed in 2010, Blood Sport play arresting concoction of hypnotic Afro-beat and African guitar styles such as Soukous and Juju, with locked grooves and the raw energy of post-punk fused with the minimalist tendencies of electronic music. The result is a noisy, rhythmic strain of experimental rock so unique that the band have come to dub it ‘aggro-beat’. The band have achieved underground success through EPs ‘Fruits’ and ‘Ø’ and their legendary part-improvised and completely uninterrupted live sets, the band have become regulars at DIY warehouse nights throughout the UK while also sharing stages with Nisennenmondai, Pere Ubu, Mike Watt, Golden Teacher, Zs, Ghost Poet and Kanda Bongo Man. 2014 has seen Blood Sport experiment with performance techniques, including a location-inspired commission in the legendary practice space of Cabaret Voltaire: ‘Western Works’; and a dance set utilising an Analog drum machine made for club consumption.

George Rogers is a multidisciplinary artist whose work includes painting, digital video and electronic music production using exploratory sound synthesis methods. His projects include ‘The lost Travellers Dream under the Hill’, a research project exploring Acoustic Archaeology and antiquarian psychedelia, and ‘Lokiand’, exploring esoteric aspects of land, the Genius Loki and psychogeography of places through resonant responses to the topology of landscape.

Mark Doyle is a Sheffield based poet, artist and writer running poetry workshops in schools and in the community. His recent projects include poetry and art walks in locations around Sheffield supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and publications of his own poetry. Mark will be running a reflective, symbolic and fun participatory activity that draws from poetry, lyrics and writing.

Del Hoyle is an artist and musician based in Sheffield, where he has played as part of bands Mad Colours and Heebie Jeebies, formed half of DJ duo Double Denim, and has recently presented the solo exhibition Seeing Things at Yorkshire Artspace Exchange Place Studios.

The event will also feature paintings by Brian Jackson, who’s interest in music has been a continuing influence upon his work. Brian has produced works for Sheffield United, IAPT mental health organisation and Fullwood House, the main site for Adult Mental Health in Sheffield.