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Claire Rousay + Laila Sakini

Tue 11 April, 19:00
£16 + bf

Upset The Rhythm presents

A mesmerising evening of long-form ambient compositions that meld electronic sounds with audio field recordings

Claire Rousey is a San Antonio-based experimental musician. Her music zeroes in on personal emotions and the minutiae of everyday life — voicemails, haptics, environmental recordings, stopwatches, whispers and conversations – exploding their significance.


“What a songwriter might convey in poetry, Rousay evokes with raw audio. You could call it sound art, but it’s viscerally vulnerable”

New York Times

More on Claire Rousay:

Based in San Antonio, Texas, Claire’s acute assemblages of sound are both a diaristic portal into the life of their creator, and an exercise in dressing and undressing the bare audio field using compositional threads that feel loosely entangled, yet fastidiously woven. A prolific run of recordings since 2020, culminating in this year’s ‘everything perfect is already here’ (Shelter Press), has seen Claire come closer than most modern sound-makers to aesthetically nailing the temperament of a world turned inward.

Now, as music leaves the house once more, Claire’s live show – in both solo mode and trio formation with close collaborators Mari ‘More Eaze’ Maurice and Theodore Cale Schafer – brings a singular reflexivity, unflinching honesty and adroit humour to the performance space, with an ever-burgeoning audience accepting the invite into her soundworld.

More on Laila Sakini

Laila works with piano, voice, guitar, found sound, electronics and silence to create dynamic and textured environments that provide the listener with space to develop their own meanings and responses. Her major works include Like A Gun (EP), Vivienne (LP), Strada (EP), Into The Traffic, Under The Moonlight (LP), Princess Diana of Wales (LP) and her 2017 collaboration with poet Lucy Van, Figures (EP). Laila has performed at Cafe Oto, Galeria Zé dos Bois, Berlin Atonal, Listen! festival, The White Hotel, Meakusma x Arkaoda, Kings Place, Wunderkammer Festival, Ponto d’Orvalho among others.

Date: Tuesday 11 April 2023

Start Time: 20:00

Doors: 19:00

Bar:  Open from 19:00. We serve a selection of craft beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks.

Length: 2.5 hours

Tickets: £16 + bf

Venue: Grand Junction is a venue for the community, arts and culture based at St Mary Magdalene Church. We also have a café serving delicious food overlooking the canal.

Closest Stations: Royal Oak (Circle and Hammersmith & City line) 0.3 miles

Warwick Avenue (Bakerloo line) 0.4 miles

Paddington Station (National Rail services and Circle, District, Bakerloo, Hammersmith & City line) 0.9 miles