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Centrala Presents: Shepherds of Cats

21 July @ 19:30 - 23:00


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Shepherds of Cats

On July 21st Centrala are delighted to present Anglo-Polish group Shepherds of Cats on the Birmingham leg of their English tour!. For this tour they will be joined by Manchester based saxophonist and Tombed Visions Records label owner David McLean, who has worked previously with Gnod, Charles Hayward and Part Wild Horses Mane On Both Sides.

Including live visuals by vj pietrushka

The Shepherds of Cats formed in early 2014, and had an instant and strong understanding. Their attention to detail is impeccable and have created a deep trust to support each other in the most obscure and ridiculous tangents. Using improvisation as their working method, they create sonic stories and worlds, drenched in incredulity at their own existence, exploring the outer limits of good taste and pushing the limits of what should be considered acceptable. Their compositions are created in real time. They are hunter gatherers – hunting and gathering sounds and re-appropriating them in sometimes inappropriate manners. They have shame but no ego.

The musicians participating in this tour will be:

Aleksander Olszewski – ethnic percussion/reeds/vocals

Adam Webster – cello/vocals

Jan Fanfare – guitar/loops/vocals

Dariusz Blaszczek – electronics/gongs/singing bowls/objects

David McLean – saxophones, small woodwinds, synths

Vj Pietrushka aka Maciek Piatek – video processing / video improvisation

Maciek Piatek is a Polish video artist based in the UK. He has been working mainly on his own experimental video projects & short films but also collaborating with various local and international musicians, exploring closely improvised and electronic scene. His films have been screened and exhibited  internationally in such places as: Art Gallery of SESI-SP in Sao Paulo, Babylon Cinema in Berlin and ICA in London.

The tour will coincide with SOC’s 3 new releases; an album with German trombonist Gunther Heinz (to be released by Tombed Visions Records); an album with German clarinettist Markus Wenninger (to be released by Demerara Records); and a record with the aforementioned saxophonist David McLean. All three are the product of improvised sessions recorded in the band’s Wroclaw studio.


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(All photography courtesy of Paulina Szuta)

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21 July
19:30 - 23:00
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Birmingham, B5 5RT United Kingdom
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