Thursday 4th May at the Rossi Bar: Tullis Rennie / Johanna Bramli / While we were sleeping

Tullis Rennie: Trombone and electronic improvisation
Johanna Bramli: Haunted voices from within the machine
While we were sleeping: Experimental silence through pop-disco to earth-shattering noise

Tullis Rennie is a composer, improvising trombonist, electronic musician, and field recordist. His work encompasses sound installation, community-engaged participative projects, multi-channel concert works, video, mixed media and live/improvised performances -presented at concerts and festivals across 20 countries, alongside broadcasts on NTS live, BBC Radio 3 and ResonanceFM.
Tullis Rennie’s most recent release is Fixed Freedoms on Accidental Jnr’s Room 2 – a new series for Matthew Herbert’s label dedicated to electronic music outside the main thoroughfare of club tracks. On Fixed Freedoms, Rennie presents a highly personal work created in response to changing life circumstances as well as the universal upheaval of the pandemic. Across seven diverse pieces the accomplished producer, trombonist and composer pivots between diaristic field recordings and analogue synth experiments:

Rennie’s varied career to date has touched upon many different conceptual approaches, examining the impact of listening with jazz musicians Matthew Bourne and Graham South on 2018’s Muscle Memory and investigating the hidden process of performance preparation with Vonnegut Collective on 2021’s 48 Hours. He’s also a founder member of Barcelona-based AV collective Insectotròpics and co-director of community-oriented arts organisation Walls On Walls.
“Rennie foregrounds the act of listening as an active component in the creation of musical experience” The Wire Magazine
“…touches on Vladislav Delay, Lorenzo Senni and DJ Sprinkles … a mutated set of electronic experiments that bends recognizable formulae (trance, dub techno, electro) into abstract landscapes” Boomkat
“With his unique combination of experimental electronics, improvisation and field recording, Rennie’s music seems to reach towards a hyper-realist kind of ambient. His pieces are sensitive to the importance of noticing sound” The Cusp Magazine

Johanna Bramli is a sound artist, one half of motorik electronic pop band Fröst, co-founder of the all-female noise/feedback choir The Larsens and composes for contemporary dance. She blends granular synthesis, found sounds and vocal manipulation to create sensitive yet sonically assaulting textures.

While We Were Sleeping: Anything from experimental silence through pop-disco to earth-shattering noise and no idea what he will play on the day.

Hosted by our very own DJ Cheesemaster

Chris [Symmetrical Forces] creates live visuals for each performance using his own lo-fi footage, dusty VHS tapes and obscure videos from the internet to create futuristic images from the past overlayed with out-of-reach memories and vague fragments of lost visions.

The Rossi Bar is a small grade II building, and they are restricted with how they can improve access for anyone with mobility issues. The live music venue is located in the basement, which can only be accessed by a short spiral staircase. More accessibility information and images of the venue are in this document:

“The Spirit of Gravity: making experimental music a threat again – since 2001”

Thursday 4th May 2023 | 8pm – 10.30pm | £5 (cash only)
Downstairs @ The Rossi Bar
8 Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3WA