£12 on the door
SUTARI DEAD RAT ORCHESTRA A performance combining two of Europe’s most exciting and innovative free folk ensembles, Sutari (Poland), and Dead Rat Orchestra (UK). Utilising Sutari and DRO’s unique approaches to performing traditional music they seek to lead audiences in a performative and timely discussion as to the cultural impacts of the UK leaving the European Union.
Exploring the traditions of Polish folk music, Sutari is a trio of singers, instrumentalists and performers, each from diﬀerent musical and theatrical backgrounds. They use a mixture of traditional instruments (violin, basetla and drum), and also make use of everyday objects, exploring their potential as musical devices (for instance, a hand mixer, grater, bottles and a wrench). They explore deep vocal harmony traditions, searching for the essence and hidden character of traditional songs, whilst exploring themes of femininity in folklore. The Sutari project is a fusion of diverse music experiences and passions.
Dead Rat Orchestra
Raw, elemental and poignant and with a love of adventure, their performances feature ﬂailing axes, salt and sawdust, throbbing harmonium, grinding ﬁddle and 2000 shards of micro-tuned steel cast to the ﬂoor in cascading, shimmering joy. DRO create works that blur boundaries between installation and performance. Activities have included The Cut (2014), a site-speciﬁc musical tour undertaken by canal boat along 273 miles of waterway; and Tyburnia (2015
17) exploring 17th/18th C. gallows ballads and their socio-political history.