Somerset House Studios presents ASSEMBLY (14-18 November 2018), five days of new sound and performance extolling the best in contemporary electronic and experimental music, and we’re excited to bring five international guests to see the best British music this new event has to offer.
British music comes in the shape of Okzharp (Gerv Gordon), cellist Lucy Railton, composer John Bence, Vessel (Sebastian Gainsborough), a London debut for Gazelle Twin’s Pastoral show and many more besides plus a host of talks, discussions, screenings, premieres and special events.
You can enjoy live audio from ASSEMBLY via Audioboom. Subscribe to the podcast series here. You can also watch some live shows via the Somerset House website.
Meet the delegates
Our guests join us from the USA, Spain, Russia, Japan and Egypt – all looking forward to seeing cutting edge British music and exchange ideas with their peers in the UK. These trips can be extremely rewarding for guests coming to the UK from overseas and often spark new ideas which can lead to new work, commissions and opportunities for British musicians in the future.
Currently based in New York, Lorna-Rose Simpson works as a freelance curator and producer and has been organising Moogfest since 2013.
Born and raised in London, Lorna-Rose worked at Southbank Centre across literature, contemporary music and festivals such as Meltdown, before independently producing work for institutions including Apples & Snakes and the RSC. After relocating to New York, she worked at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, while also producing numerous music and fashion projects. Lorna-Rose now heads up the programming team at Moogfest – the music, art and technology festival in North Carolina – in partnership with Moog Music. Moogfest honors the legacy of Bob Moog by presenting artists that embody his creative visionary spirit alongside futurists and makers designing new sound technologies.
Nacho de la Vega
Nacho de la Vega is a cultural activist, multimedia artist and curator based in Gijón, Asturias, in the north of Spain. He is co-director together with Cristina de Silva of L.E.V. Festival.
For the past 20 years, Nacho de la Vega he has been an active part of the digital art and electronic culture scene in Spain, serving as catalyst and promoter of working networks through the creation of visible platforms for avant-garde creation through his curatorial projects and collaborations in the periphery of big cultural capitals. Founding member of FIUM, a collective focused on video creation and multimedia, he has showed his work in many internationally renowned events and has collaborated with many artists of international prestige. In 2007 he created the L.E.V. Festival at LABoral Centro de Arte in Gijón, a pioneer festival that provides support to contemporary audiovisual creation. His DATATRON 03XF collective represents one of the most innovative and risk-taking platforms on today’s creative scene, evidenced by the projects achieved over the past 15 years.
Nikita Rasskazov is a curator and producer of the live programme at the V-A-C Foundation. V-A-C values learning from artists and encourages fluidity between disciplines, audiences and cultures. Integral to this are the role of residencies and production spaces to stimulate the Russian scene and develop international networking.
After graduating from the University of St. Petersburg (MA) in 2017, Rasskazov joined the Moscow sound artists community SA)) and focused on audio installation and music for animation and video. He began to work at the V-A-C Foundation during the Geometry Of Now season curated by Mark Fell and continued as a producer of public and education programmes for Hosting The Inhuman and Tino Sehgal. His latest project at the V-A-C Foundation is the 2018 exhibition General Rehearsal including work by Gigi Masin, Tomaga, JS Aurelius, Philip Jeck, Gavin Bryers, Matthew Bourne and more. Rasskazov’s main interests are expanded musical practices, regional music identity, the collaborative and educational aspects of music and music production.
Nozomu Matsumoto is a Tokyo-based artist and curator.
Matsumoto curated “Tokyo Art Meeting VI TOKYO: Sensing the Cultural Magma of the Metropolis” at The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo in 2015. He has worked on sound design for numerous projects including Nile Koetting’s Sustainable Hours at Maison Hermésin in 2016 and FUKAMI, une plongée dans l'esthétique japonaise at Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild in 2018. Matsumoto released his remarkable first vinyl Climatotherapy in 2018 for The Death of Rave – “a surreal voyage into digital futures for fans of TCF, James Ferraro, Sam Kidel and Elysia Crampton,” said FACT. “If [it] sounds challenging, well it is; it’s also extremely engaging.”
Mohammed Allam lives and works in Cairo using different mediums such as video, performance and sound.
Born in Assiut in 1984, Allam studied at the Arts Education Faculty of Helwan University in Cairo. His work usually involves the surrounding environment; social and political stimuli provide the context and inspiration for much of the sense of irony in his creative approach. He has participated as an artist in numerous events since 2003. Allam is also concerned with art management and has participated in organizing several art events in Cairo. He is a co-founder of the Cairo-based artist initiative “Medrar for Contemporary Art” which aims to promote the contemporary artistic practices of young artists in Egypt.
ASSEMBLY runs from 14-18 November at Somerset House, London