Mercury nominated GoGo Penguin to feature in new season of live-scores and movies

Home have announced two evenings of film and music for 9 and 10 October as a part of their diverse season of new commissions pairing musicians with original live-scores and the magic of the big screen.

The announcement has revealed that Mercury-nominated GoGo Penuin will work with a re-scored soundtrack originally composed by Philip Glass to accompany critically acclaimed American visual poem KOYAANISQATSI.

KOYAANISQATSI, Godfrey Reggio’s debut as a film director and producer, is the first and best known film of the QATSI trilogy, followed by POWAQQATSI (1988) and NAQOYQATSI (2002), depicting different aspects of relationships between humans, nature and technology. Taking its title from a Hopi Indian word meaning ‘life out of balance’, the film, created between 1975 and 1982, is an apocalyptic version of two different worlds – urban life and technology versus the environment.

Consisting primarily of slow motion and time-lapse footage of cities and many natural landscapes across America, KOYAANISQATSI contains neither dialogue nor a vocalised narration: its tone is set by the juxtaposition of images and music.

Manchester-based trio GoGo Penguin are pianist Chris Illingworth, bassist Nick Blacka and drummer Rob Turner who draw on influences as diverse as Brian Eno, John Cage, Massive Attack and Aphex Twin.  The group combine anthemic melodies with dance music energy, with break-beats, rock and left-field electronica.  Those unfamiliar with the group, who have recently signed a three album deal with Blue Note Records, can catch also hear them performing at Manchester Jazz Festival on Friday 7 August.

Details of the next Music and Film series performance are set to be announced later in the year.

Tickets £12 – £9 on sale 3 August (Home Friends), 10 August (Home Members) and 17 August (General sale)

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Image credit Arlen Connelly