Xposed Club Celebrates Silent Films featuring Peter Urpeth, Stuart Wilding and the Cheltenham Improvisers’ Orchestra
Wednesday 14th March 8pm,The Chapel, Francis Close Hall, University of Gloucestershire, Swindon Road, Cheltenham, GL50 4AZ. Tickets £5 and £3 students/concessions. Tel: 01242 714940.
From the classic to the contemporary, silent films will be taking centre stage at this month’s Xposed Club on Wednesday 14 March.
The first half features pianist Peter Urpeth, accompanied by Stuart Wilding on percussion, performing a live and improvised soundtrack to short films by Man Ray, L’Etoile De Mer (1928) and Emak-Bakia (1926).
Having begun their musical relationship many years ago, the pair will be reunited for the event, which includes percussion created from found items rather than traditional instruments, promising an experimental yet melodic sound.
They will also be performing a more classical arrangement to accompany short film Brumes D’Automne by Dimitri Kirsanoff (1929). Silent films are in Peter’s blood as his aunt, Constance Urpeth, was a performer in London cinema during the heyday of silent movies.
The Cheltenham Improvisers’ Orchestra, who use a wide range of acoustic and electric instruments, will then join Peter and Stuart in the second half to give new musical accompaniment to video films made by contemporary Russian artist Michael Basov.
Peter is also a harmoniumist and composer working mostly in improvisation, jazz, theatre music and alternative performance art forms. Favouring ad hoc and loose long-term partnerships, Peter has, over the last 30 years, worked with some of Europe’s finest improvising musicians including saxophonists Evan Parker, Lol Coxhill and Raymond MacDonald, guitarist Derek Bailey, trumpeter Jon Impett and vocalist Maggie Nicols. His current group projects include a trio with John Russell and Phil Wachsmann.
Xposed Club is the monthly live music club featuring all types of music, but is active in promoting alternative and experimental music. For more on Xposed club visit www.myspace.com/thexposedclub.
Tickets are available via Stuart Wilding on the door or can be reserved in advance, email: [email protected] or call: 07817963214
Peter’s work in the theatre and with film started with onstage accompaniment to Steven Berkoff’s Fall Of The House of Usher; in Perrier Award winning shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with Donald Swann (Flanders & Swann) in the Fania Williams / Richard Crane Company, with award-winning writer/performer Leon Robinson and, most recently, in a series of collaborations with poet, film-maker, artist and storyteller, Ian Stephen. He has given performances at the Purcell Room (South Bank Centre, London), and on British Council Tours in France, Belgium and Holland, as well as playing in the Czech Republic with Ian Stephen. As well as being a musician, Peter is a novelist and poet. His first novel Far Inland was published by Birlinn Polygon in 2006.
Source: University of Gloucestershire