Mesadorm return to Bristol to raise the house with the 68 voices in the name of Climate Justice.
Murmuration Choir is excited to announce the details of another unmissable, one-off collaboration this December - this time with 6Music legends, Mesadorm. Held in Bristol’s atmospheric performance-hub, Circomedia, we shall be joined by the awe-inspiring talent of special guest circus performers and vocal soloists, with support from singer-songwriter, Aniya Savage, and a dance floor shaking set from DJ Dad until the early hours. For the music and entertainment alone, it is worth coming to be utterly treated. But that’s not all.
This year, we would like to shine a light on a real show-stopping issue that feels important to us all at this time: the contribution that the Christmas season makes to the sustainability of our planet, and how we can use it to aid, not increase, the climate crisis we currently face.
Any profit made from the evening will go to support the brave work of international environmental movement, Extinction Rebellion, in the quest to raise government action on reducing greenhouse emissions by 2025.
We shall also be promoting fun & creative alternative gift ideas, with a plastic-free Xmas market, a random-acts-of-kindness lucky dip and, wait for it, a cherry-on-the-cake Xmas RAFFLE, with prizes contributed by local, eco-conscious businesses.
Let’s put the Green back on the Christmas Tree.
Mesadorm are Blythe Pepino // Aaron Zahl // Jo Silverston // David Johnston // Daisy Palmer
Mesadorm's emotive sound is the combination of experienced musicianship, diverse cultural tastes and the strong bonds of friendship, with songwriting firmly aimed at the space between the domestic observations of Suzanne Vega and the elemental other-worldiness of Bjork, drawing on contemporary influences including Caribou, Grizzly Bear and Sylvan Esso as well as legendary female luminaries like Carole King, Joni Mitchell and Kate Bush.
To demonstrate the level of skill we have with us tonight, Mesadorm's members have played with the likes of Paloma Faith, Goldfrapp, Rae Morris, Frank Turner, The Unthanks, The Magnetic North, toured with London Grammar and fronted major-label signing Vaults. You might also recognise Blythe’s distinguished voice from the John Lewis 2016 Christmas Ad.
The band's 2018 debut album 'Heterogaster' forms a sublime melting pot of heartfelt anguish and celebration, combining shuddering electronica and tender instrumentation, balancing memorable hooks and leftfield themes. The album' s emotional weight has been felt by audiences nationwide as the band toured the record throughout the last 2 years, before turning their efforts to the more delicate yet equally affecting acoustic album, 'Epicadus' released on Babylegs Records in April 2018 produced by Tim Allen (Bat for Lashes). The band are now working on their next album with Tim Allen at Invada Studios in Bristol.
Tonight we shall enjoy Mesadorm tracks both new and old, joined by voices of the choir.
“Some of the most interesting music this year” - The Guardian
“I’m absolutely addicted...really affecting and beautiful…I love it” - Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music
This 4th show marks Murmuration Choir’s first birthday as a project. In just a year, they’ve quickly become one of Bristol's most exciting and progressive choirs, bringing together 68 established singers and curating sell-out collaboration shows with the likes of Rachael Dadd, Sam Brookes and Cosmo Sheldrake. Inspired by 6Music DJs, their repertoire draws from Neo-Soul, Electronica, and Experimental Pop, arranged into 8-part harmony and directed by Isolde Freeth-Hale, with beatbox accompaniment by Jack Salt.
Tonight we shall be enjoying 2 solos from guest vocalists Michaela Fedeczko and Nick Rasle (Me & My Friends), who are also backbone members of the choir.
Ethereal, haunting vocals paint pictures of Aniya Savage's multi-cultural life. Her songwriting tells stories that are entrenched in vivid emotion, with a voice likened to Joni Mitchell.
Transforming a culture that is dependant on carbon-emissions isn’t an easy task, and XR has got their work cut out. If you would like to find out more about what this peaceful-protest movement is really all about, don’t just believe what you hear in the media. Visit their website and social media platforms, to find out the truth behind what they are asking of our Governments, and who it really affects.
We will be joined on the night by XR representatives, who can answer your questions. Whether you are already in support, or have doubts, bring your curiosity and openness, as this story isn’t finished, and we are all its authors.
DJ Dad started living in 1956 and djing in 1972 - playing mainly dub reggae and announcing mainly Chess, Atlantic and Stax soul to confused and mostly small audiences in Leeds and then London. In the early 80s he was a founder member of Red Specs – a socialist entertainment /arts collective which (bizarrely) produced evenings of underground film showings or political community theatre coupled with dances featuring local bands and dj’s. In 1986 they joined forces with New Variety and hosted weekly ‘alternative’ cabaret nights in Shepherds Bush – for which he was the resident dj. He also played in clubs around West and South London – including the world famous Hammersmith Palais, the Greyhound and the Academy.
Moving to Bristol in the late 80s he held the Friday night residency at the legendary Tropic Club in St Pauls and then helped form and run rePUBLIC – a Bristol-based multimedia arts group producing events which combined music with digital & performance art.
Since 2008 he has been the resident DJ for the Wandering Word, now Phantom Laundry – a spoken word and music stage/tent mostly operating out of Shambala – and co-programmes the live music and DJ elements. He also programmes the live music and DJ nights at the Bristol institution that is the Plough Inn in Easton.
As a dj he now works either solo or with a variety of musicians, singers and mc’s at festivals, in pubs and clubs around the Bristol area and takes a lead on promoting these events. Dad mostly mixes hip hop, garage, afrobeat, soca, roots reggae, dub, dancehall, jazz and drum & bass.
Along with Ben Capp, Dad produced ‘A Bristol Record’ – a heavyweight vinyl double album repping as many of Bristol’s vibrant music scenes (in 2016) as possible.
7.30 pm - 9 pm Doors
Live Music 8 - 11pm, DJ set until 1.30 am.
Please note, there will be limited seating for this event, and we wish to save this for people who really need it. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to reserve a seat. They will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.
Doors will close at 9 pm, so please arrive before this time to enter the event. We will not have door staff after this time to let you in.