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Dan Samsa Presents Contours live at EartH Hackney & The Jam Jar, Bristol and Contours 360°


Emerging from the cultural melting pot of South London, Dan Samsa has spent his career at the intersections of genres and mediums and is fast becoming known for his pioneering use of immersive technologies and unique spatial sound experiences. Two of his recent projects reflect this recognition: a commission by Philip Glass reimagining a selection of the composer’s works for his 85th birthday; and a series of boundary-breaking immersive sound events in collaboration with industry-leading studio speaker brand Genelec.

In October Dan Samsa will present his latest work Contours with two immersive live shows as well as releasing the full album as an online 360° audio-visual experience (Check out this world first here). The shows will take place at Bristol’s Jamjar (16th October) & London’s EartH Theatre (24th of October) with his full live band, surround-sound textures and bespoke 360° visuals (Listen to the album here). This is how Dan intended his innovative debut album to be experienced, as he blends classical, techno, jungle and jazz and his groundbreaking 360° sound textures into a powerful, genre-defying exploration.

Excitement has already been building, with Contours receiving radio support from Gilles Peterson on BBC Radio 6 and Jay Phelps on Jazz FM. Both live shows will feature technology designed by L-Acoustics. The pairing of L-Acoustics sound system and Dan’s recording techniques make for a world first where we’ll experience his tapestry of 360° microphone textures and live orchestrated 12-part experimental Jazz material, specifically composed for the surround sound L-ISA system currently installed at EartH and will be specially set up for the JamJar show in Bristol. This hybrid performance is designed to push technology, live performance and modern music into completely new spheres.

His Contours live band features some of the UK’s most established musicians; UK Jazz bubbler Jay Phelps (Worldwide FM, Jazz FM), the 2016 UK Young Drummer of The Year Tom Potter, free Jazz/experimental trumpeter Charlotte Keeffe and long-term collaborator Rosie Strobel will join Dan performing his virtuosic piano parts.

With support from a legend within the electronic music world Christopher Jarman (Raiden, Kamikaze Space Programme, Dot Product). Jarman’s music by and large is made up of foley sound design and sonic experimentation using bespoke apparatus and homemade microphones. Tvoya, a new female duo who pull together captivating dreamy soundscapes and electronic beats using live vocals, keys, viola and fx and London-based DJ-producer Sweetestcape (pronounced ‘SWEET ESCAPE’). Known for his alluring blend of House, Soul, Sazz, Deep House, Boogie, Deep Tech, and Groove-infused live sets.

This really will be a very special one-off, not-to-be-missed experience where Dan Samsa will showcase his recent groundbreaking work in immersive sound and showcase some of the UK’s finest Jazz and electronic music artists.

More info and tickets can be found here!

Contours live artwork