Portico Quartet
Apr 2013 17

Portico Quartet

7pm - 11pm Koko

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Tickets: £19.50 advance, more on the door

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Portico Quartet still sound like nothing you ever heard before. The Mercury nominated East London based outfit’s unique music has expanded to embrace new sonic territories. Drawing on the inspiration of electronica, ambient, classical and dance music as they take their strange, beautiful, cinematic, future music to exciting new vistas where the inspiration of Burial, Mount Kimbie and Flying Lotus rubs shoulders with the textures of Arve Henriksen and Bon Iver and echoes of Steve Reich and Max Richter. But all underpinned by a shared joy in collective music making as the band push their inimitable music into the future.

Portico Quartet release their new double album Live / Remix in March 2013 on Real World Records. It is the sound of a band that refuses to stand still as they add new electronic inspiration to their trademark sound. But there are no shortcuts here, the music is played live, not pre-recorded, and the hard won collective empathy that is at the heart of their sound remains their primary touchstone. Full of mystery and drama Portico Quartet still take the listener on an unparalleled journey and live they pack a heavy punch as the band looks defiantly into the future.

Opening proceedings will be a man who has turned mpc looping into a live artform. Tru Thoughts signee Masaaki Yoshida, aka Anchorsong, has become globally recognised for his unique live shows, which many people have described as “like watching a painter drawing on a blank canvas”, as he creates electronic music completely live using a sampler (MPC2500) and a keyboard, right in front of the audience.

On DJ duties we’re very pleased to count with Southbank Center Artist in Residence, BBC Radiophonic Workshop member and self-taught luthier Mica Levi, aka Micachu, who has quickly set out her stall as one of the most original, challenging and unique artists in the country. Alongside the universally acclaimed debut ‘Jewellery’ (Rough Trade), Micachu has received commissions from the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Sinfonietta, remixed The XX and Roots Manuva and toured with Deerhunter and Arcade Fire. A DJ of note, Micachu has released a number of essential mixtapes, and we cannot think of a better person to set the tone for tonight’s proceedings.

Line-up:

  • Portico Quartet – Live
  • Anchorsong – Live
  • Micachu – DJ Set

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