On July 21, Centrala is delighted to present Anglo-Polish group Shepherds of Cats on the Birmingham leg of their English tour! They will be joined by Manchester based saxophonist David McLean with live visuals by VJ Pietrushka.
Shepherds of Cats is a Wroclaw (PL)-based Anglo Polish band exploring the outer limits of good taste and pushing the limits of what should be considered acceptable. Their compositions are created in real time, though sometimes time, like good taste and sense, is suspended. They are hunter gatherers – hunting and gathering sounds and re-appropriating them in sometimes inappropriate manners. They are well mannered and well-meaning. They have shame but no ego.
The Shepherds are: Aleksander Olszewski – percussion, voice, small blowable things, Adam Webster – cello, looper, voice, Jan Fanfare – clavinet D6, voice, looper, harmonica, Darek Błaszczak – singing bowls and glass kitchen stuff.
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)