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Saturday Live Music

Emma Gatrill, Leslie Deere and Jonathan Paul Hill

Museums at Night


Museums at Night

Emma Gatrill, Leslie Deere and Jonathan Paul Hill

Saturday 20 May / Doors 7.30pm / £6 in advance, £7 on the door


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Emma Gatrill is a multi-instrumentalist based in Brighton, UK. Her debut, 2012’s Chapter I, was a poignant collection of songs based around her then-latest acquisition – the harp. Subtly accompanied by various members of Brighton’s Willkommen Collective, her intricate harp playing coupled with a unique vocal fragility drew comparisons to Björk and Joni Mitchell as well as her friends and co-conspirators Rachael Dadd and Rozi Plain.


By the time the album came out, she’d already played clarinet in Laura Marling’s band on Glastonbury’s Pyramid stage, made up part of Broken Social Scene’s horn section on a run of UK dates and toured all over Europe as part of Sons Of Noel And Adrian. Since then she’s been touring and collaborating with kindred spirit Kristin McClement and as a member of Matthew & The Atlas.


In amongst it all, Gatrill somehow found time to develop her own live show beyond the simplicity of Chapter I; augmenting her harp and vocal with ambient analogue synths and drum machines using foot controllers, as well as introducing accompanying guitar atmospherics from label-mate Marcus Hamblett.


Five years and hundreds of live shows with dozens of different bands later, her larger-scale live ambitions fed back into the writing and recording process for Gatrill’s second album, Cocoon, released 17 March 2017. 


The album showcases a huge leap forward in scope and imagination. The harp, tender vocal and unique take on classic songwriting are still at the core of Gatrill’s sound, but the arrangements draw from a much wider and often darker sonic palette – from orchestral strings to monosynths, drum machines to tap shoes and Casio keyboards to vibraphones.Gatrill’s circle of influences has widened too – on Cocoon Emma draws from the joyful experimentation of Juana Molina and the intelligent pop and texturally rich arrangements of Julia Holter and My Brightest Diamond.


While the songs are more honed and focused, the lyrical content is broader. Philomela explores Greek mythology to the backdrop of tumultuous strings and thunderous drums and Robin tackles climate change set to chamber pop orchestration; while universal concerns of loss, isolation, hope and togetherness tie the album together.


The album was mixed by Dan Cox whose work for the likes of Laura Marling, Thurston Moore and Florence and the Machine lead to him being named Breakthrough Engineer Of The Year at the Music Producer’s Guild awards.


The Line of Best Fit called it "“a beautiful slab of skewed folk-pop brilliance.”

Stereogum described her as "somewhere between the Julia Holter aurora and the Sufjan Stevens supernova...Gatrill's music sounds like it's being projected across the heavens."



Leslie Deere 

Leslie Deere is a London-based artist working with a variety of media. Originally from Tennessee, Leslie moved to study Sonic Art in the UK, continuing on from a performing arts dance scholarship in New York City. She holds a BA Honours degree in Sonic Art, under Hugh Davies at Middlesex University, and an MA in Communication Art & Design as part of the Acoustic Images pathway from the Royal College of Art. Commissions include sound installations for Kew Gardens, London and NY Fashion weeks and she has a permanently installed sculpture at the Forever Insitut in Geneva. She’s on catalogue at Rough Trade East and released on Graham Dunning's Fractal Meat label. Her work has been featured on BBC Radio 3, Radio 6, NTS and radio Concertzender.


In this performance, Deere explores the confluence between scientific and esoteric knowledge. She takes inspiration from both contemporary theoretical physics and nineteenth century inventions. The phonograph, radio and the cathode ray tube all challenged people’s ideas of what was possible in the physical world. If people could record sound, send information by radio wave and light a screen with subatomic particles, could they also make contact with the spirit world? Even now, physicists at CERN continue to study these enigmatic particles to provide insights into the fundamental laws of nature.


Modern Conjuring for Amateurs takes its title from the eponymous book by J.C. Cannell, a popular guide to learning tricks, conjuring and ventriloquism. Deere’s performance will, for the first time, combine her performing arts dance background with her sonic arts training, as she creates a shared experience, conjuring up sound and visuals with gesture. (Whitstable Biennale)



Jonathan Paul Hill

Jonathan Paul Hill is a Milton Keynes based artist and musician whose work utilises a number of different approaches to sound ranging from reel to reel tape collage, graphical scores, improvisation and sculpture.

For this event Hill will perform a sound piece in response to his visual work, Narrative Forms, currently exhibited as part of MK Gallery’s MK Calling 2017 exhibition.



Museums at Night

May 2017