HIP DEATH GODDESS – Ben Van Meter / Circulus / Bridget Hayden / Peter Sundae

by Red Cell via Flame Schon

Hi Red
David of Bardo Light Show asked me to post this to you for inclusion on The End of Being website.

HIP DEATH GODDESS

Hip Death Goddess is a celebration of the psychedelic and surreal through live performance, film and projection.

Sunday 29th August, 3pm – 12am, Globe Theatre at The Bedford, 77 Bedford Hill, Balham SW12 9HD, Tel. 0208 682 8940.
Train/tube: Balham.
Tickets: £8 available at Treadwell’s Bookshop (Covent Garden) and Sister Ray (Soho). Surplus tickets will be sold on the door

A celebration of the psychedelic with reference to England’s ancient magical heritage. Circulus take us to a ‘future medieval’ world, weaving beautiful acid folk ballads and instrumentals, whilst Bridget Hayden leads us into transcendence by fusing evocative imagery with experimental and improvised music. The Spiral Tribe Dance Company perform dances inspired by ancient ritualistic dance and Paganism. A selection of Ben Van Meter’s rare psychedelic films from the 1960’s will be screened throughout. Peter Sundae (Cranium Pie) sets the scene with a ‘far out’ DJ set comprising wyrd, psychedelic and acid folk vinyl gems. The event is hosted within The Bedford’s circular ‘Globe Theatre’, lit by the Bardo Light Show’s hand-manipulated oils, chemical slides, films and video effects. It’s all about community, community, community!

For further information and ticket reservations please email info@hipdeathgoddess.org

The event is hosted within The Bedford‘s circular ‘Globe Theatre’, lit by the Bardo Light Show’s hand-manipulated oils and chemical slides, and accompanied by an ongoing psychedelic soundtrack from the last 50 years.

    Ben Van Meter

Ben Van Meter was a young independent filmmaker and lightshow artist who was living in San Francisco during the 1960’s. Always outrageous, iconoclastic and controversial, Van Meter’s work evolved from social satire to a mind blowing psychedelic celebration of life and expanded consciousness. A selection of Ben Van Meter’s short films will be screened throughout the Hip Death Goddess event. Van Meter was the first film artist who’s work truly conveyed the psychedelic experience. Van Meter covered the pre-summer of love in San Francisco music / hippie scene, filming such ‘happenings’ as the first “Trips Festival” (1965), and legendary promoter Bill Graham’s first ever concert at San Francisco’s Fillmore Auditorium (December, 1965) Films featuring important San Francisco scene personalities such as Grace Slick with her first band “The Great Society”, “The Warlocks” (precursors to the Grateful Dead), “The San Francisco Mime Troup”, “Quicksilver Messenger Service” and other icons of the 60s era.

    Circulus

A fusion of traditional British folk, prog rock, psychedelia, and folk-rock, with a cultural mindset that is rarely seen outside of a revival screening of The Wicker Man, Circulus is the brainchild of Michael Tyack, a songwriter and musician who has set out to create music that exists in the 20th and 16th centuries at once. Based in South London, with Tyack the only constant member after dozens of personnel shifts, Circulus incorporate the drums, guitars, and Moog synthesizers you’d expect from a rock band with a retro early-’70s approach, but also features a variety of medieval instruments, including crumhorns, recorders, and a reed instrument called the rauch pfeifer, whose intense volume Tyack declares “isn’t really acceptable to modern ears.” Circulus are nearly as well-known for their collective fashion sense as for their music, with Tyack costuming himself and his accompanists in thrift-shop capes, caftans, hats, and masks that are equally influenced by the British hippie scene and Tyack’s self-proclaimed model in style, Philip the Good, who was the Duke of Burgundy in the 13th century. Add to this the stated belief of Tyack and his bandmates in pixies, fairies, and “old gods” and you get a group whose reputation for eccentricity precedes it, but Circulus have also won a loyal audience for the strength of their music. ~ Mark Deming, All Music Guide

http://www.circulus.org/home.html

    Bridget Hayden

Bridget Hayden left Vibracathedral Orchestra in 2006 and now concentrates on her solo music, art, writing and collaborative works. As a solo artist Bridget Hayden works with sound and light. She performs improvised and experimental music to her visual effects that are of ethereal, organic and primordial qualities. She has toured with Marcia Bassett, their collaboration best being described as a son et lumière. Bridget Hayden collaborates with Stephen Lawrie (The Telescopes). On ‘Psychic Viewfinder’ Stephen Laurie and Bridget Hayden harness a primeval drone, rich in texture, and build it beautifully in unison with soaring feedback, guitar manipulation and viola which forever spiral outward, fractal and hypnotic – a bed of noise percolating at the edges of audition.

http://www.myspace.com/bridgethayden

    Spiral Tribe Dance Company

Tree, a Pagan and self-proclaimed ‘witch’, brings her Spiral Tribe of gothic/pagan/belly dancers to Hip Death Goddess. Meticulously dressed in gothic/pagan regalia the Spiral Tribe Dance Company perform ritualistic dances welding the power of the sword and fire, and grounding the Hip Death Goddess event in a context evocative of our ‘earthy’, prehistoric heritage.

http://www.spiraltribedancecompany.co.uk/home.html

    Peter Sundae

Musician, DJ and band member of Cranium Pie, ‘Peter Sundae’ sets the scene inside the The Bedford’s aptly medieval ‘globe theatre’, spinning a set of hand-picked folk/psike vinyl gems.

http://www.myspace.com/sundaecraniotomy

    Bardo Light Show

Inspired by the projections of Mark Boyle and Joan Hills, and the Joshua Light Show in the 1960s, the BLS researched, hoarded kit, and experimented to develop an authentic psychedelic light show. Liquids are at the heart of the light show… mixed with chemicals, boiled, squished and literally obliterated on the screen and in the minds of the viewers using overhead projectors and original 1960s equipment. Analog is “mashed up” with digital footage and effects, which are manipulated, live, using video editing/effects processors. The process is “hands-on”, mechanical, and driven by a healthy trust in chaos.

http://www.myspace.com/bardolightshow

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