Steve Beresford + Xenia Pestova Bennett performScores from Call and Response

Tuesday, October 25, 8 pm at the Iklectik Art Lab, London

events, 10/20/22

There is nothing better to do next Tuesday if you’re in London or thereabouts.

Steve Beresford and Xenia Pestova Bennett will join forces to perform excerpts from Call and Response, arranged for two pianos, toy objects and electronics. Other pieces will include solo and duo performances by the two pianists and an environmental field recording work by Canadian sound artist Gayle Young.

Doors open at 8 pm and the performance begins at 8:30 pm. Tickets: £10.50 Advance / £13 OTD. Call and Response will be available to purchase after the performance.

Iklectik is located at “Old Paradise Yard,” 20 Carlisle Lane (Royal Street corner) next to Archbishop’s Park, SE1 7LG. Tube: Waterloo or Lambeth North.

about the author and performer

Steve BeresforD has been a central figure in the British and international spontaneous music scenes for over forty years, freely improvising on the piano, electronics and other things with people like Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Han Bennink, John Zorn and Alterations (with David Toop, Terry Day and Peter Cusack). He has written songs, written for large and small ensembles, and scored short films, feature films, TV shows and commercials. He was part of the editorial teams of Musics and Collusion magazines, writes about music in various contexts and was a senior lecturer in music at the University of Westminster. With Blanca Regina, he is part of Unpredictable Series, which produces events and sound and video recordings of experimental music and art.

Xenia Pestova Bennett is a pianist, improviser, composer and educator. Her recordings are available on Diatribe, Farpoint, Ergodos, Innova, Naxos, NMC and TakuRoku. Her musical offerings have been described as “a pinch of Edgar Froese, a splash of David Borden” (Jennifer Lucy Allan: A Short Personal History of TakuRoku), “enchanting” (Whole Note), “boldly conceived and brilliantly realised” (The Wire), “problematic … disjointed” (Journal of Music), “a triumph” (All About Jazz), a “big problem” (Boring Like a Drill), “intoxicating” (RTE Lyric FM), “irradiated” (BBC Radio 3) and “too much Bach” (The Irish Times).

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