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Shepherds of Cats + David McLean, Lauren Bolger & Vj Pietrushka

July 24 @ 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Paradox and Tombed Visions Records present a night of otherwordly improv, spoken word and automatic composition.

Shepherds of Cats + Vj Pietrushka, Anglo-Polish group will be touring England this July. The band will be joined by David McLean, Manchester based saxophonist and Tombed Visions Records label owner who has previously worked with Gnod, Charles Hayward, A-Sun Amissa and Konstrukt. The group will be joined for an exclusive special appearance by prolific Manchester musician and award winning poet Lauren Bolger, founder and frontwoman of Locean, member of Water and frequent collaborator and promoter on the cities improvised and fringe music scene, recently performing with Thurston Moore.

Shepherds of Cats is a quartet formed in early 2014. Having instant and strong understanding they explore the outer limits of good taste and push the limits of what should be considered as acceptable. 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. Their compositions are created in real time and may suspend time as well as good taste and other senses. They are sound hunters, gathering and re-appropriating sounds in sometimes inappropriate manners. They are well mannered, have shame but no ego.

Lauren Bolger – voice
Aleksander Olszewski – ethnic percussion/reeds/voice
Adam Webster – cello/voice
Jan Fanfare – guitar/loops/voice
Dariusz Blaszczak – synthesizers
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 has been screened & exhibited both nationally and internationally in places such as: Art Gallery of SESI-SP in Sao Paulo, Babylon Cinema in Berlin and ICA in London.

Shepherds of Cats & Vj Pietrushka on the UK tour are kindly supported by Culture.pl and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.

The tour will coincide with their 3 new releases:
Shepherds of Cats with german tromboist Gunther Heinz (released by Tombed Visions Records),
Shepherds of Cats with german clarinettist Markus Wenninger (to be released by Demerara Records)
and Shepherds of Cats with saxophonist David McLean.
All three albums are products of improvised sessions recorded in their studio in Wroclaw.

£5 OTD

Doors 7.30pm


Shepherds of Cats & Vj Pietrushka on the UK tour are kindly supported by culture.pl and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.


July 24
7:30 pm - 11:30 pm


The Peer Hat
14-16 Faraday St
MANCHESTER, Lancashire M1 1DB United Kingdom