FLECK was an ACM tour in collaboration with composer Joe Snape, in which a core of five musicians toured venues across the UK, followed by a hop over the channel a month later for the European leg, perfoming in Berlin, Aarhus, Copenhagen and Amsterdam.
The programme of all-new works centred on Fleck, Flob, Flop: a new large-scale work by Joe Snape for chamber ensemble, electronics and live-typed text projection. The sixteen-part piece explodes a mythical dispute between a beautiful bird and an ugly fish into a contemporary sonic drama. Documenting the complicated relationship between an elderly lady, her infirm husband, her onetime lodger and the audience, it poses big questions about love, death, and difference in small, off-kilter ways.
Also featured were new works by composers and ACM founders Michael Cutting (in collaboration with Video Jam's Sarah Hill) and Vitalija Glovackyte. Whole pieces in their own right, each offers extensions and negations to the narrative world of Fleck, Flob, Flop, and idiosyncratic takes on the challenge of musical storytelling The playful and witty radio play Friday by Vitalija has the artist debating with multiple self-personas the process of creating the work, while Michael and Sarah's Tape Talk, Flutter and Warp fuses sound and moving image through performing with devices associated with the act of telling stories (film projectors, slide projectors, reel to reel tape players). Accompanied by a fresh commission from a local guest musician or collective in each city, every performance was a unique, collaborative event.
As a companion to the tour, a suite of works by Joe, Michael and Vitalija was released as a limited edition on Manchester’s influential DIY label Ono, with artwork by Michael Holland. Described by Piccadilly Records as "Invoking musique concrète, accidental composition and a Fluxian sense of fun, "Fleck" sounds like a much more listenable and accomplished Group Ongaku, embracing musicality with idiosyncratic charm", a small number are still available online at Boomkat and Piccadilly Records.
UK tour dates
13.05.15 – Apiary Studios, London
With guests Bastard Assignments
14.05.15 – Vivid Projects, Birmingham
With guest Darren Joyce [Modified Toy Orchestra]
15.05.15 - S1 Artspace, Sheffield
With guest Andy Ingamells [Los Caballeros]
16.05.15 – Metal, Liverpool
With guests Immix Ensemble
17.05.15 – IABF Centre, Manchester
With the full ACM Ensemble
EU tour dates
17.06.15 – Del Rex, Berlin
With guest Laurie Tompkins
19.06.15 – Spanien 19, Aarhus
With guest Kaj Duncan David
20.06.15 - Mayhem, Copenhagen
With guest Kaj Duncan David
22.06.15 – Splendor, Amsterdam
With guest Genevieve Murphy
On the UK road
On the EU road
buzzers, digital hurdy gurdy, midi sampler,
violin, glockenspiel, midi sampler
bass, bass synth