20th May at the Scope: Arma Agharta / Micromelodics / Haz’n’Daz / Wahabi Wimmins Collective

The Spirit of Gravity presents the Scope X

Temporarily located at The Coach House, Walpole Road

Scope May 15

Arma Agharta
Sound/performance art shaman from Lithuania
(voice – electronics – objects – performance art, Vilnius, Lithuania)

The sound performances of Arma Agharta span a broad territory between unbridled eruptions of chaotic noise and hypnotic psychedelic rituals. Although his live sound, created by analogue instruments, formally fits into the familiar shelves of lo-fi, drone, ritual noise etc., in reality it contains many more shamanic elements that are hard to describe yet are perceived instinctively and gutturally.

The performer himself, jumping frantically among his ritual props and dressed in ever different exotic outfits, with his face hidden behind some creepy mask of a non-existent tribe, a Neanderthal wig or some other stunning accessory, also looks like a guide to the netherworld of forgotten spirits. Yet all of this is not as gravely serious as it might appear: another prominent element of Arma’s performances is absurd humour, which plunges the listener into an infantile subconscious space through odd bodily movements, spontaneous improvised games and the voice, detached from meaning and turning into unintelligible glossolalia.

Arma is also one of the most widely travelling Lithuanian sound artists. This mobility brings about both new influences, which become evident after each intense tour, and openness to all kinds of collaborations with other underground artists.

Since 2007, under different conceptual solo projects he did over 150 shows in Canada, USA, Russia, Ukraine, Germany, UK, Norway, Austria, Netherlands, Poland, Finland, Serbia, Slovakia, Hungary, Czech republic and Baltic states.
Participated in the festivals: Sonic Circuits (USA), Cocart (Poland), Experi-mental (USA), Sound Around (Russia), Sonic (Denmark), SOTU (Netherlands), Porin Juhlaviikot (Finland), and in all the main Lithuanian festivals: Speigas, Supynes, Menuo Juodaragis, STRcamp, Centras, Dezintegracija, Creature.

His music has been released exclusively on cassettes on Russian and Lithuanian labels.

Currently Arma also collaborates with a well known Lithuanian sound artist Arturas Bumsteinas aka Refusenik.

Mode-morphing graphic score piece from Andrew Greaves

With Adam Bushell (Vibes) and Richard Atterbury (Guitar)

FA Cup special: Jose Mourinho’s effects rack.

The football crazy electronicists return for a foray into FA Cup madness and beautiful game style action. Prizes for wearing your colours.

Wahabi Wimmins Collective
Conversing with guitar and words

Aharon – words
Simon Mclennan – guitar (attempted non systematic)
Aharon will use words to do with improvisation. Simon will do improvisation with guitar. Together they summon the Wahabi Wimmins Collective(s)

Plus Lissajous figure projections

Wednesday 20th May | 8pm – 10.00pm | Feed the piggy donations on the door please
@ The Coach House, 22 Walpole Rd, Kemptown, Brighton