For everyone who's on one or who wants to go on one - we're on a tour around various locales and taking in the sights. There's a musical journey in Europe with a virtually organised group, there's an exotic island - of course - and we discover what it means to take a dream holiday in someone else's nightmare. There's even a story about not wanting to go away at all - Let's Go Home, by Natalie Kestecher. Plus there's August in New York - it's when all the psychiatrists head out of town for their summer vacation and when the patients are left to their own devices. Who knows what could happen.
Recorded live in an off-Broadway theatre in New York City, Darian Dauchan’s award-winning work chronicles the period of Barack Obama’s candidacy, to presidency, to the present day – at the time of his second inauguration. The piece is a rhetorical conversation between African-American performance poet, Darian Dauchan, and Barack Obama, now the 45th President of the United States. This solo show consists of live-looped songs, beat-boxing and a collage of satirical poems and presidential soundbites.
Sun Ra's visionary Afro Futurist project, begun in the 1940s, provided fuel for many strands of musical culture: he stood with one foot in rhythm and blues, one foot in free jazz and two hands stretched out into space.
These days it's like products, and even humans have their own 'refresh' buttons. The latest model is always on offer. Happy, shiny people everywhere. But permanent 'nowness' can't last - the cracks start to show, eventually nature subsumes culture and everything falls to bits. The Night Air searches for the 'melancholic beauty in the impermanence of all things', what the Japanese might call 'wabi sabi'. It's the pleasure of the imperfect, impermanent, incomplete. It's when the new gets, if not worn out, then thoroughly worn in...