Another great night of music and film from the DECAGRAM Collective this week, at Henry’s Cellar Bar, Edinburgh – with a new format, music right from the start of the night, with films in between sets. And arriving at a new departure for us music-wise: Hip-Hop.
Featuring a barnstorming headline set from MC Loki playing material from his forthcoming new record: ‘Government Issue Protest Music’.
With support from River of Slime, and an audio-visual collaboration between Euan Mackenzie and Stephen Paterson.
The night was finished off by DJ sets from DJ Sokol, and Skint Richie.
We also featured social-realist and documentary films by Tomas Sheridan, Ilona Kacieja, Duncan Knowles and Scott Willis.
AT KELBURN GARDEN PARTY
For this year’s Kelburn Garden Party, which took place on the 4th – 6th of July, DECAGRAM ran the Pyramid Stage, which showcased a wealth of great music from Edinburgh and Glasgow on Friday night, and during the day on Saturday and Sunday, culminating in two night-time sets from DECAGRAM artists – Numbers Are Futile and Small Feet, Little Toes on Saturday, Tokamak with Trudatsound, and DUST (Asthmatic Astronaut with Texture) on Sunday. The after dark sets were accompanied by a projected visuals show from DECAGRAM associate Euan MacKenzie.
DECAGRAM AT HIDDEN DOOR 2014
On 3rd April 2014 Decagram curated a night at the Hidden Door Festival. The festival in general was a fantastic showcase of the wealth and depth of artistic talent in the Edinbugh scene.
Our night was a step up for us. We combined the musically collaborative element of the Queen’s Hall event with film work from film-makers we had been working with across the Henry’s Cellar Bar nights.
We put together a 10-Band, 10-film-maker bill, in which bands performed across two rooms (each collaborating on their set with a film-maker). Each band’s set was recorded and projected live into the other room as a visual monitor of the performance from the first space.
This enabled each band’s performance to involve collaboration with the preceding band without too much effect on the performance despite the two vaults being separated by the festival’s bar! We cottoned on to the idea that if we made the screens big enough for the audience to see as well, it would give the impression of two bands playing on both stages, one digital and one real.
A satisfying result!
In 2014 we started a monthly night at Henry’s Cellar Bar.
The concept for this was to expand the kind of collaborative performance from The Queen’s Hall show into other media in a small venue setting suited to experimenting with new ideas.
The night was split into three sections: