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Edgelands 3: Estuary England + ‘Music for 18 Musicians’
21/11/2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm£5
The third of our Edgelands series.
Estuary England by Simon Robinson is a short documentary exploring the themes surrounding the disjointed development of the Thames Gateway region. Using Photography, sound, and moving image to act as a portal to read and experience the landscape, the film explores the area surrounding the Queen Elizabeth II crossing at West Thurrock and investigates the notion of the pull of a contemporary ’empire of London’ in its surrounding satellite towns.
‘What have you done today Mervyn Day?’ directed by Paul Kelly and soundtracked by St Etienne follows paper boy Mervyn on his round, tracing the fascinating hidden history of East London’s Lower Lea Valley in the years before it was redeveloped to become the Olympic Park.
Followed by a full length play of Reich’s 1976 minimalism masterpiece ‘Music for 18 Musicians’. In a review of the 1978 release, AllMusic wrote that “the impact on the new music scene was immediate and overwhelming. Anyone who saw potential in minimalism and had hoped for a major breakthrough piece found it here. The beauty of its pulsing added-note harmonies and the sustained power and precision of the performance were the music’s salient features; and instead of the sterile, electronic sound usually associated with minimalism, the music’s warm resonance was a welcome change.”