From Now On returns for the third year to fill Cardiff's iconic arts space Chapter with adventurous, fresh and boundary pushing music.
Over three days you will be able to delve into a multi genred soundscape of analogue dance, ancient reimaginings, improvisation, silky balladry and lo-fi punk. We have sourced significant international visitors and some of the most intriguing performers working in Wales and the UK today. As part of the celebrations, Chapter Cinema will be screening a compelling programme of music film and we are proud to present our first artist in residence.
Acts include US experimental pop luminary Julia Holter; surreal electronic trio Stealing Sheep; paradoxical medieval/improv fiddler Laura Cannell; Bas Jan, a new krautpop trio from Serafina Steer; ambient explorer Mark Lyken and minimalist synth duo Happy Meals. Meilyr Jones will be presenting new work informed by his recent exploits in film and theatre that will be made in residence in the week leading up to the festival. Anna Homler & Stephen Warwick present a dance and film led performance of 'Breadwoman' and we'll be hosting a version of Tim Parkinson's anti-opera 'Time With People'. We also have an alternative Valentine's Day orgy of bands and short films curated by Club Foot Foot. In the cinema H. Hawkline soundtracks 'Gwaed Ar Y Ser' and CAM Sinema presents a selection of experimental Welsh music film.
From Now On is produced by Shape and Chapter.
“One of the most exciting and cutting edge contemporary music festivals”
"Green shoots spring forth in the form of From Now On, bringing more esoteric approaches to rock, psych and composition to South Wales."
"Cardiff should feel privileged to host such an event."
12 - 21
JULIA HOLTER / LA
Julia Shammas Holter is an American artist, singer, songwriter, producer and composer based in Los Angeles. A CalArts graduate, she released her first studio album, Tragedy, in 2011. A second album, Ekstasis, followed in 2012. Holter also collaborates with other musicians including Nite Jewel, Linda Perhacs, and Michael Pisaro. After joining Domino Records in 2013, she released her third album, Loud City Song, to resounding critical acclaim. Her success continues into her fourth album, Have You in My Wilderness, which was released in 2015.
LAURA CANNELL / England
Playing fiddle, overbowed fiddle, double recorders, sometimes percussion and other rarefied wind instruments, Laura is a young woman drawing on ancient transcendental and earthly musics. Her sense of space, dynamics and working with acoustics is super sensitive. Whether solo or otherwise she explores the spaces between ancient, traditional and improvised music, often utilising a fragment from a medieval theme to her own end in a manner that embraces the apparitional, historical or the otherworldly. Her seemingly wild side, in such rarefied circles makes her involved yet emotive music really bristle and connect.
Mark Lyken / Scotland
MARK LYKEN (1973) is an artist, composer and filmmaker based in rural Dumfries & Galloway, He creates musical and sound pieces, film, paintings and installations. He is interested in revealing the musicality of the environment and beauty in the ordinary, exploring the relationship between nature, culture and technology.
Recent residency work, in particular with the University of Aberdeen’s School of Biological Sciences has led to environmental and field recordings becoming an important part of his sonic palette.
Meilyr Jones / Wales
Meilyr Jones will be presenting new work informed by his recent exploits in film and theatre that will be made in residence in the week leading up to the festival. Jones' solo career was born from an impromptu but transformative trip to Rome after the end of both his band Race Horses, and his relationship. When Meilyr returned to London he began recording solo, exploring new ways of working. Incredibly, he managed to assemble a 30-strong orchestra “out of friends, and friends of friends of friends. In the same way that if you were to start a pop band.”
Anna Homler & Steven Warwick: Breadwoman / LA
“Breadwoman is a storyteller — she’s so very old she’s turned into bread. Breadwoman says: If you don’t try to understand, you will. She is the voice, and the voice is cosmic reality’s musicality”
To mark the reissue of this unheralded landmark album from 1985, Homler will give rise to Breadwoman again for a series of very special mixed-media performances, with Warwick rechanneling Moshier's material for the live realm. With a dancer.
A project borne of myth, mystery and shadow play in eighties Los Angeles gets gloriously animated for the 2016 stage: meet Breadwoman, the character that embodies US vocalist and performance artist Anna Homler's practice of divining speech, lyrical fragments, and melody for music, with the fluid synthetic excursions of Steven Warwick aka Heatsick as her modern-day accomplice.
STEALING SHEEP / Liverpool
Stealing Sheep's latest album 'Not Real' was recorded and produced by band members Becky Hawley, Emily Lansley and Lucy Mercer at their studio in Liverpool. The unifying theme is the interplay of fact and fiction; the edge of dreams and limits of reality. These visions are grounded by bright melodies and insistent beats and unified by vocal harmonies; sometimes metronomic and chant-like, sometimes choral and pop.
They’ve drawn inspiration from 50’s exotica, electronic music and 80’s pop and been influenced by the likes of Grace Jones, Maya Deren, Eden Ahbez, Delia Derbyshire, Moondog and John Carpenter.
APOSTILLE / Glasgow
Apostille is the solo musical guise of Glaswegian DIY protagonist Michael Kasparis. Initially a creative harbour from his groups Please and The Lowest Form, Apostille has grown into an explosive synth-punk project unafraid of both physicality and emotional leakage. Powerless is Kasparis’ first album proper, following exploratory works on Goaty Tapes and Clan Destine, and is Apostille’s first release on his own Night School Records. Fiercely independent in practice and execution, Apostille’s stated purpose is to bridge the gap between audience and performer, to connect through the fog of power structures and post-modernism; to ferment a direct pop music unconcerned with control.
LAURA J MARTIN / Liverpool
Laura J Martin's third studio album, ‘On The Never Never’, recorded in Nashville with Mark Nevers tells of the disconnect she felt when returning home to Liverpool to find that all individuality had been erased and replaced by gleaming empty flats. Shot through with wit and humour alongside the sociopolitical themes - one of the characters talks of bleaching toilets and taking trips to Lanzarote - ‘On The Never Never’ skips through waltz timings, bears influences from Scott Walker to the Compass Point Allstars and picks up a guest vocal from Benjamin Zephaniah along the way. With ‘On The Never Never’, Martin has produced a hopeful record, full of joy, beauty and tongue in cheek looks at those in charge.
BAS JAN / London
Progressive Kraut-Pop trio BAS JAN is Serafina Steer‘s current collaboration alongside Sarah Anderson & Jenny Moore. Serafina Steer mesmerised us at From Now On 2014 and we're delighted to have her back in her current incarnation. She's known from her intricately woven harp-led pop and unforced storytelling, and for her last solo album she enlisted the talents of Seb Rochford, Simon Bookish and Jarvis Cocker. We can't wait to see what she's up to now. Artist Jenny Moore can also be found in feminist drum-hop band Charismatic Fauna and composer/violinist Sarah Anderson has been known to make sci-fi opera and play in Chrome Hoof.
L'Ocelle Mare / Spain
Thomas Bonvalet, (born October, 1977) lives in Alpedrete, Spain. Guitar player of the band Cheval de frise between 1998 and 2004, he made is first solo show under the name of l'ocelle mare in September 2005. He toured Europe, Scandinavia, Israel, USA and China. Focusing at first on short and tensed miniatures on classical guitar and feet tapping, he mainly composes now for six nylon strings Banjo, harmonica reeds (beaten or blowed), mouth organ, tuning forks, microphones, amps, feet tapping and metronome.
Arc Vertiac / Cardiff
Arc Vertiac presents: Just Press Play, an interactive audio/visual installation by musician and composer Tom Raybould (aka Zwolf / Fist Of The First Man / Classes).
Push button objects lay dormant until humans get involved.
THREATMANTICS: The Ballad of Shotgun Billy / Cardiff
The Ballad of Shotgun Billy is the tale of fictional National Football League quarterback and murderer Billy Armstrong. An audio-visual shock and awe rock-opera, the live band accompanies a flood of projected images and video with each song representing a different chapter of Billy’s life.
Threatmantics attempt to crowbar as much into rock and roll as possible. Veering wildly from heartbroken folk, to balls-out rock, to spine-crushing metal, to good-time pop — barely held together by very fine thread and pretty ribbons.
H. HAWKLINE: Gwaed ar y Sêr / Cardiff
H. Hawkline's live musical interpretation of the 1975 Welsh language film 'Gwaed ar y Sêr.' A group of celebrities are scheduled to appear at a concert in the local village hall. An elderly man and his choir of schoolchildren, fearing that the celebrities will steal their limelight, take drastic measures to stop their appearance, by murdering them.
“Wicker Man meets Celebrity Big Brother cum slasher movie” Gruff Rhys
Synthfonia Cymru / Cardiff
Sweet Baboo would like to invite you all to a one off group performance created specially for From Now On. More details tba.
HAPPY MEALS / Glasgow
Happy Meals is the Glasgow-based duo of Suzanne Rodden and Lewis Cook, life-partners since high school finding expression in cosmic form. Originally from the Scottish borders, Rodden and Cook (also of The Cosmic Dead) began Happy Meals in a flurry of experimentation at Glasgow’s creative hub The Green Door Studio. Initially the result of a free music production course, Apéro sees the pair embark on a blissful voyage into a love-fuelled, outward-looking hedonism. Both artists operate machines and sing but it’s the dominating Franco-Scottish lingua-franca of Suzanne Rodden that imbues a sense of seductive fun to the album.
TIM PARKINSON: TIME WITH PEOPLE
An opera by Tim Parkinson.
The opera has arisen around the former notion of "no instruments". And the notion of "no music". What is meant by "no music", since arguably and perhaps obviously there are both? The notion is perhaps more one of absence. And that which may be revealed out of this poverty. That which remains. Towards a reality of the situation. Of some time, with some people.
"If that wasn’t an opera, I don’t know what is." Robert Worby, Hear and Now, BBC Radio 3
SLEEPER SOCIETY / Cardiff
The Sleeper Society is a sound art event, with roots firmly embedded in experimental electronic music. Sleeper Society aims to showcase an international programme of performance, interactive and fixed-media works, within an informative, friendly and productive environment for audiences to discover new artists, and artists to discover new audiences.
CAM SINEMA / Cardiff
Cam O'r Tywyllwch is a platform for experimental music and film from Wales and beyond, originated by Peski Records. Here they present films from fertile and adventurous artistic minds from Wales.
CLUB FOOT FOOT / Cardiff
An alternative Valentine's Day orgy of bands and short films curated by Casey Raymond. Art Trash, Fantastic Crap, Forgotten Gems and Bagpipes for the Eyes.
giant swan / Bristol
An embryonic, shapeshifting duo who press repeat and take aim at the sun. Grabbing the necessary sounds from guitars, pedals and their own throats, Robin Stewart and Harry Wright coax raw-hearted live experiences that are constantly shifting in their stillness, bleeding between several sonic movements that both obliterate and invigorate and find them drifting away, serene and discordant, from the noise-techno bevy.