11 July. Lecture by Valery Alakhov(New Composers band)
The group was founded in Leningrad in 1983 by Valery Alakhov and Igor Verichev. The musicians were among the firsts to create compilations from various musical fragments, industrial noises, and sounds of nature and space.
In 1987, they founded the “Science fiction” society at the Leningrad club “Planetarium”, where they gave lectures about the history of space exploration. From 1985 to 1987, they recorded the albums “Wind of Change” (1985), “Aladdin’s Magic Lamp” (1986) and “Knowledge is Power” (1987). With Sergei Kuryokhin, New Composers also recorded the experimental album “Insect Culture” (released in 1987), which was acclaimed by the avant-garde composer Frank Zappa. The group has recorded over 30 albums, including “Sputnik”, recorded in England in 1990. In 1999, they worked with Brian Eno and Pete Namlook, two of the most famous avant-garde electronic musicians in the world.
Valery Alakhov discusses the group’s creative path. The lecture will be accompanied by a screening of documentary video materials and video art by the artist Thomas Lisle. Thomas Lisle launched a new kind of video art in 1981, making electronic abstractions with TV screens to produce painterly images. Over the last 15 years, he has explored the possibilities of digital 3D painting and animation together with Jungian psychology (from archetypes to the collective unconscious, dream analysis, transformation and symbolism).
From the New Composers album “Imenno Segodnya”, 1989, Leningrad
Conceptual video – “Science Fiction” club, planetarium. 1987. Clips from 80s sci-fi films colored with felt pens.
“New Composers” are not so much a musical group as a conceptual one – artists of “sound canvases”. We found our original method in the combination of music and text from the surrounding airwaves of the world: radio, TV, records” — Valery Alakhov
11 JULY, 19:00