Relay 2022

The 2:13 Club presents a Kaleidoscope of Improvised Music
A family friendly event

Sunday 21st August 2:13pm – 5:13 pm

Tickets:
£12 standard
£10 concessions
£7 children
A discount of £5 per ticket is available to Hackney residents on advance bookings. 


15 musicians – 3 spaces

Maggie Nicols – voice
Emil Karlsen – drums
Dee Byrne – saxophone/clarinet
Steve Beresford – piano/electronics
Petra Haller – tap / movement
John Bisset – lap steel guitar
Iris Colomb – performance
Ansuman Biswas – percussion
Yshani Perinpanayagam – piano / flute / quena
Hywel Jones – euphonium
Hannah Marshall – cello
Andrew Ciccone – percussion and tape machines
Emily Shapiro – bass clarinet
Dominic Lash – double bass/ electric guitar
Gwendolyn Kassenaar – live art / movement

At the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington

Running time 3 hours  

How Relay works: There are 15 musicians in total, and 3 performance spaces: the Main Theatre, the Smith Studio and the Tuerk Room. It begins with a trio in each performance space (9 musicians) who improvise with each other until one of the remaining musicians walks into their space. The new arrival displaces one of the players, who then sets off to another space. This system creates a kaleidoscope of musical combinations over 3 hours.

The event is not something which audiences sit down to and experience as they would a conventional concert. It usually takes place in the daytime, in public spaces, and listeners find different ways to access the performances: some do in fact stay in one place and allow the groupings to unfold before them; some choose one musician and follow him or her; others move about from space to space frustrated that they can’t be in all three at once, always missing something, always catching something else.

Background:

The first ‘Musical Relay’ took place in London in 1993 and became an annual event spreading to Berlin, Athens and Madrid and culminating in a large scale performance over 2 days at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2005 to which all the International organisers / musicians were invited. The event was promoted by the 2:13 Clubs in the respective cities. The 2:13 Club was named after a stopped clock in the London venue (The Library Gallery in Stoke Newington).

Hundreds of musicians. painters, dancers and others have taken part in the event across the world including Madrid, Athens, Berlin, Lebanon and New York.

A full archive is viewable at Relays across the World

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