Live session: Voltage Black
Ewan Fisher aka Voltage Black plays a stripped down session live at ResonanceFM following the release of his album The Curve of the Earth is With You.
Once a season EastCast leaves the studio for their live Listening Lounge event where submissions from radio makers and sound artists are played to a live audience. This is the broadcast version of this event held on the 20th June at Set Space in Dalston, featuring works by Dan Wilson, Samuel Shelton Robinson and the Kitchen Sisters, Jessie Lawson, Lucy Dearlove, Michael Umney, Lucia Scazzocchio, Eloise Stevens, Hebah Fisher, Ed Baxter and Chris Janes as well as live sound art performances by Hannah White and Stephen Shiell’s Blanc Scoel Project and Mike Brooks.
This month Pearl Wise speaks to Jenny Richards from cross-cultural music makers The Grand Union Orchestra, creative director Rebecca Rowntree founder of event and podcast This Way Up – celebrating diversity in creative business, Jessie Lawson feature another episode from Now Then her series of stories from the over 70’s and Peal discovers why a Marconi receiver has ended up in an East London pub. Live music from East London/Cambridge based trio Carolyn’s Fingers.
This month Pearl Wise and Jessie Lawson meet Stephen Wilson founder of Hackney based recipe kit company Make Kit, Ella Hollowood curator at Rainbow Pilgrims an oral histories project around LGBTQI migrants, Danielle and Emmet explain why everyone should try Bike Polo, Jessie continues her starting conversations series by asking East Londoners about street harassment and Dutch East London based singer-songwriter Gitta De Ridder plays live in the studio.
This month Jessie Lawson and Pearl Wise are joined by Hackney based youth campaigner Matteo Bergamini founder of the platform Shout Out Uk, performer Warren Gordon-Scott from Raincrew ahead of Duckie Family Legacy celebrating LGBTQ people of colour at Richmix, Jessie gets political and asks East Londoners their views on ‘hair’, and love is in the air (sort of) with The Trilogy of Ella from the podcast Swipe Left Swipe Left and acid rock collective Future Sound Cartel perform live in the studio.
This month Pearl Wise and Jonny Virgo meet Number 90 events manager Petra Kluk ahead of a new female-centric event series and Madeleine Dunnigan from feminist glossy mag Ladybeard, Jonny reports on unsung black hero; 1948 olympic gold medalist Arthur Wint and Jessie Lawson twins the show with East Glasgow via voices from the Sigoha Project. Rising UK guitar phenomenon John Fairhurst performs live.
This month Pearl Wise and Jessie Lawson introduce some of their other audio adventures with an episode with Dalston legend Newton Dunbar from Jessie’s new podcast Now Then – stories of and told by people over 70 and at the other end of the life scale; teenagers from Spotlight Radio Club discover a R-Urban Poplar, a sustainable neighbourhood hub in a local carpark, Pearl takes a tour with The Lower Clapton Tales author Carolyn Clark and revisits The Posh Club where you’ll find plenty of ooh la la and Hackney Wick based band based King Tides play live in the studio.
Starting Conversations: Sex
In the fourth episode of Starting Conversations, Jessie Lawson walked down Ridley Road Market and asked passers by how they defined sex. Then she went home and chatted to her flat mate about how, sometimes, other people’s ideas of sex can impact negatively on her.
This month Jonny Virgo, Pearl Wise and Jessie Lawson were joined by Jonathan Donovan from the No Place Like Home Project – a series of photographs and interviews with people in places they call home. Jonny talked to Australian food writer Lani Kingston about her new book about our city’s biggest addiction London Coffee published by Hoxton Mini Press. Pearl discovered how Hackney based organisation Xenia, which connects migrant women and English speaking women, has been working with artists Forthland on their latest exhibition Bear Mother House. In her next episode of starting conversations, Jessie asked people on Ridley Road how they define sex, and finally Hackney based singer songwriter, poet A-Mens performed live in the studio.
This month Jonny Virgo, Pearl Wise and Sasha Edye-Lindner are joined by Kasia Uscinska and Viv Ellis from Nasty Women, an event celebrating female artists in support of women’s rights. Jessie Lawson continues her series of starting conversations and talks to random East Londoners about masturbation, we hear about a collaborative exhibition with residents from the Wedlock Barn Estate in Hoxton – Permissible Notations Of, Oliver Meek executive director of Dalston’s Rio Cinema explains why the cinema is such an important part of local heritage and singer-songwriter Phil Cosby plays live in the studio ahead his Blue Daze EP release.
EastCast explores the arts, culture and community nurtured in East London but resonating way beyond. This month Jonny Virgo and Pearl Wise are joined by Roxi Jahanshani and Asma Shah from You Make It an organisation enabling young unemployed women to pursue their goals, influential transmedia creator and CEO of story gaming platform Conducttr Rob Pratten and and cross-media artist SG Milner ahead of his The Night Is Over, Applaud exhibition. New contributor Celia Robbins takes us on The Ancestors Trail in Epping Forest and Jessie Lawson investigates why ‘that time of the month’ is still taboo.