The Usurp Chance Tour 2014

Saturday 15 March 2014

The Usurp Chance Tour 2014

The Usurp Chance Tour 2014 (featuring comedian Stewart Lee)

Live Performance at the Chocolate Factory


15 March, 8:30pm (doors open at 8:00pm)

Tickets: £10, £8 QUAD Members - NOW AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR ONLY. QUAD Box Office sales have closed.


Usurp Art Gallery presents two dynamic ensemble performances exploring perceptual concepts of chance, time, listening and humour, and the breadth and parameters of improvisational approaches in new music.


“Indeterminacy” was originally recorded in 1959, with John Cage reading aloud 90 stories, each lasting one minute. For this performance, Stewart Lee assumes Cage’s role accompanied by contemporary pianists Tania Chen and Steve Beresford improvising on pianos and objects.


“Humour and existentialist melancholy co-exist, perching on a knife-edge.” Gramaphone


“The Conspirators of Pleasure” featuring Poulomi Desai (augmented sitar), Simon Underwood (modified toys + electronics) and Seth Ayyaz (daaf + electronics), create improvised soundscapes, twisting technology and transforming organic sounds into eerie calls with intense waves of noise, pulsating rhythms and melancholic, lyrical interplay.


The performances draw upon contemporary narratives of the role of the performer as composer; control, response and liberation in shared music making and extricate the sonic and political potency of instruments, subaltern identities and recycled objects.




Please note, this event is taking place at The Chocolate Factory, John Street via Siddals Road, Derby DE1 2LX