Eastern Incantations 3

We are delighted to bring to Birmingham another Eastern Incantations weekend , two evenings of Experimental sounds from Eastern Europe and Migrant performers on Friday 5th April and Saturday 6th April. Eastern Incantations is kindly supported by the Lithuanian Cultural Institute

We are delighted to bring to Birmingham another Eastern Incantations weekend , two evenings of Experimental sounds from Eastern Europe and Migrant performers on Friday 5th April and Saturday 6th April

This years weekend will take a different form , as part Of Digbeth First Friday Centrala’s whole space will host  a series of Pop up performances from young and emerging CEE artist and performers culminating in an immersive AV sound experience from Lithuanian Sound artist Adas Gecevicius and Leon Trimble ( Chromatouch) . Adas Gecevičius – Lithuanian drummer/producer from bands Sheep Got Waxed and Vilniaus energija.

Vato Klemera is a pianist, composer, and improviser based in Birmingham, whose practice merges the Georgian music and jazz he grew up with. His works range from exploring off-kilter rhythms and Georgian folk-tinged, bebop-style lines, to experimenting with synthesis and sampling in installations. Vato is also a frequent collaborator with Birmingham poets, running the improvised poetry+music night Tell It to the Music

KAREN BABAYAN is a multidisciplinary artist turned writer.  Born in Iran to British-Armenian parents, her family moved to the UK in 1978 due to the impending Islamic Revolution.  She says: “Image-making, performance and fiction writing enable me to explore and tell stories of my past and present self. Diasporan Armenian identity is investigated through handed down family stories and personal experience.  I also excavate photographs: both from my own and other public and private archives, incorporating them into new work through projection, a variety of print media, painting and now fiction writing. The experience of displacement is revisited through the history that has shaped my family in our physical and psychological migration over time and space, bringing the past and the present together in one place”.   , .

Karen will be reading her epic poem Armenian Coffee on the 2020-23 war between Azerbaijan and Armenia, which first appeared in The Big Issue, North (01.2021). Karen is Artist in Residence 24 April- 25 May 2023 for Centrala’s Hybrid Landscapes, a series of 5 micro-residencies to research & conceptualise the CEE identity, postcolonial space, racialisation, in-betweenness and migration in the UK.During this time, Karen will also spend time engaging the Armenian community in Birmingham and delivering a series of events and workshops at Centrala including the commemoration of the Armenian genocide featuring a film screening, a map-making workshop, an Armenian Folk dance workshop with Shakeh Major Tchilingirian and an artist talk

DJ HABIBTATI A Swana and experimental Artist based in the London

LEO DRASGTED is a fiend and a friend based in Gloucestershire. He is a former host of the Grizzly Pear poetry night, onetime unislam competitor, member of The Verve Poetry Collective and is the current host of Tell it to the Music. You can find Leo’s poetry in the These Are the Hands Anthology, Eponym Magazine and any microphone he can get his hands on. He was commissioned by the Birmingham Festival and Verve Poetry Festival and has headlined several nights including The Poetry Hotel and Overcoat




KINNA is a British composer, singer, visual artist and musician. Her work is multi- faceted and includes songwriting, concert compositions, art film, music/sound production and performing. Inspired by American minimalist composers, British art rock musicians and installation artists, Kinna draws influences from many artistic disciplines to create eclectic and exciting new work

Saturday 6th April



Vilniaus Energija

7.30 -11pm

Tickets https://centrala-shop.co.uk/products/eastern-incantations-3-indra-nik-nak-and-vilniaus-energija

Indrė Jurgelevičiūtė is a Lithuanian singer, kanklės (Baltic psaltery) player, sound artist and composer. She creates tranquil and other-worldly soundscapes weaving together Lithuanian folk songs, kanklės sounds, improvisation and electronics.

Indrė is often performing as a solo artist or with her band Merope together with Belgian guitarist and electronic artist Bert Cools and her work is represented by art platform ‘granvat’. Their latest album ‘Salos’ with Vilnius Chamber Choir ‘Jauna Muzika’ is released on Stroom and granvat.

Indrė has collaborated with diverse array of musicians including Shahzad Ismaily, Efterklang, Tsubasa Hori, Gyda Valtysdottir, Solo Cissokho and Toma Gouband. She also composed for theatre and multimedia, one of her recent works being music for ‘Yerma’ adaptation commissioned by Stockholm Dramaten theatre and directed by Lisaboa Houbrechts..

During her live sets Indrė sings Lithuanian folk songs and gently weaves them into her own soundscapes combining acoustic and electronic sounds, field recordings and improvisation. The songs are talking about connection with nature, flowers, birds, trees, stones, bees, sun, moon and stars, ritual magic of everyday life and transformation.


 NikNak , A storyteller in her own right, NikNak is devoted to developing her unique practice as a DJ & Turntablist, sound artist/composer, producer, tutor, sound engineer and radio presenter.


Vilniaus Energija is a collaboration between contemporary poet, avant-garde rap artist and European slam poet of the year Žygimantas Kudirka (Mesijus), experimental jazz and electronics musician Adas Gecevičius