I will have no part of the current trend for branding things ‘amaze-balls’ (or indeed it’s antithesis – ‘disappointi-balls’ at a guess), but if I did I would be amaze-balling all over THIS:
This is the work of writer and painter Cian O’Neill who is curating an evening of his work entitled simply ‘Music And Paintings’ next Thursday 19th April at Thursday 18th April, 6-10pm at Unit E, 199 Eade Road, N4 1DN Hackney
To shamelessly copy and paste from his very fine website, where you can admire a wealth of his other work: Cian O’Neill is an Irish painter, writer and graduate of Chelsea College of Arts School of Painting. Previous to Chelsea College, he studied at Central Saint Martins. He was selected for Futuremap, the University of the Arts New Graduates Show and short-listed for the Catlin Arts prize. [His] work is influenced by, amongst others, Max Ernst, Rembrandt van Rijn, Willem van Aelst, Francisco Zurbarán, Francisco Goya, Diego Velázquez, Matthias Grünewald, Jean Ingres, Michelangelo da Caravaggio and Michelangelo Buonarroti.
That’s the paintings taken care of, then. The music will be supplied by no-doubt equally visceral live sets from the ever-excellent Brood MA, the redoubtable Yearning Kru, and the really rather splendid Joane Skyler, who’s recent ‘Orz Side 1’ for NTS Radio contained some of the dirtiest bass I’ve heard in a good while. And not forgetting Mark Barrett (though I can’t seem to find a decent hyperlink to regale you with!) and myself. I’m a huge fan of Cian’s work and Brood Ma and Yearning Kru are old friends, so it should be an amazing night. For those of you who insist on such things, there’s also a Facebook events page. And it’s FREE! What more could you insist on, for heaven’s sake?
See you there, then. At the moment I have absolutely no idea what I shall be playing, so I’m hoping to surprise us both. Possibly not Ant and Dec…