Tickets ($25 - $55)
In a night of film and music, the trio applies their hypnotic, swirling grooves informed by EDM and post-modern classical composition to this performance of their new score to filmmaker Godfrey Reggio’s landmark 1983 film Koyaanisqatsi, accompanying a screening of the film and replacing the iconic Philip Glass soundtrack.
Originally scored by Philip Glass, Koyaanisqatsi is a remarkable cinematic masterpiece and a firm favourite of the band’s for it’s powerful fusion of music and image. In 2015 GoGo Penguin wrote and performed their new score for the film as part of the opening season of Home – a new centre for international contemporary art, theatre and film in Manchester.
GoGo Penguin’s richly emotional music offers a perfect contemporary dialogue with Reggio’s profound images. Moving from fragile beauty to powerful frenzy their rich new score reflects the original themes of the film and in performance offers an over-whelming audio-visual experience that will appeal to fans of GoGo Penguin and cult cinema in equal measure.
The piano trio has been one of the most durable, beloved, and flexible formats in jazz history, evoking illustrious names like Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, and Ahmad Jamal, among others. Manchester-based GoGo Penguin turns this most venerable jazz construct on its ear, infusing direct influences from contemporary electronic music and modern classical concepts into their singular ensemble approach that “defies genre, pulling together influences from trip-hop, classical, jazz and more.” -The Wall Street Journal
The band’s hypnotic, groove-heavy sound has a basis in compositions originally programmed in sequencing software and relies as much on additive compositional development and dynamic contrasts as improvisation, with pianist Chris Illingsworth’s powerful melodic statements anchored by Nick Blacka’s thunderous bass and the skittering, acrobatic rhythms of drummer Rob Turner. Pushing the jazz trio form in unprecedented new directions, GoGo Penguin truly sounds like nothing else on Earth.
Chris Illingsworth piano
Nick Blacka bass
Rob Turner drums