Royal Pavilion, Southend Pier

Sounds and Sea

Artists: Random Order
 - Aga Tamiola & Christiana Kazakou,
Maciez Misckiewicz aka Stig Inge Oy,

Royal Pavilion, Southend Pier, UK
20 Oct 2013

JEMP teamed up with the Polish Arts Festival to curate a one-day event celebrating jazz and experimental music made by Polish artists currently living in the UK. The multidisciplinary performances spanned a wide array of music genres including jazz, electronic, contemporary and improvised acts - all converging around the theme of the sea.

With the performances taking place 1.34 miles (2.16 km) into the sea - at the end of the longest pleasure pier in the world, Southend Pier - musicians were asked to respond to the notion of this alternately hypnotic and calm, and turbulent and terrifying force. We presented emerging artists who have interdisciplinary and innovative approaches to music making and sound-based practices.

The programme included:
'A Figment of the Wave' by Random Order
Aga Tamiola & Christiana Kazakou


We learned now how to navigate the sea, however the sea maintained its freedom. We created artificial borders between the nations’ sea-waters but the sea takes over and does not pay much respect to cartography. The sound like the sea unites through waves."

Random Order created a sound bridge between the North Sea and the North Pacific. In an assemblage of techniques, such as field recording, digital manipulation and live performance, they aimed to fabricate a tidal territory without borders. The performance of concrete poetry and reading of the sea narratives explored the rhythmical properties of the voice and the sea. The sea has stimulated the imagination of poets, writers, artists and philosophers throughout the centuries. ‘A Figment of the Wave’ brought these stories alive. The project consisted of an audio composition and several sea narratives and poems. The stories were told and read out-loud by two performers during the evening.

Maciez Misckiewicz aka Stig Inge Oy
Through a - 30' performance on three turntables, using "prepared" vinyl records and no-input mixer, Maciej explored the connection between vinyl’s loops and waves. These records created repeating loops that shared some of the characteristic of sea waves: "They rise and fall, they are similar – but at the same time completely different".
Using classical 18th and 19th century music the performance covered a wide range of dynamics – from pianissimo of a single instrument to fortissimo of the full orchestra. Audiences experienced hypnotic, tense and nostalgic soundscape, which forged subtle melodies with the glitch and crack of rusty vinyl.

Elektryza improvised the creation of a soundscape, in the field of avant-garde collective and collaborative free jazz, noise and ambience. Tension and fluidity were controlled by the rules of chaos in the power play of this aggressively honest four piece. Formed in early 2013 in the sheltered environs of a North London art dungeon, the release of energy is actioned as a eulogy to the natural world.

On the pier at Southend-on-Sea, the group were confronted by the water element and air element, light and sea life, 1.6 miles from the reality of earth and the life we spend walking on it. The channeling of these elements through the funnel of the event in the here and now was a cleansing and fortunate act, with the pier acting as a tunnel through time.

Sound and Sea performace
Sound and Sea performace