Francesca Gavin presents Syncopation group show with Oliver Laric, Paolo Chiasera, Ajit Chuhan, Mark Titchner, Jayson Scott Musson, Jeremy Shaw, Lewandowski and Levack, Matt Stokes, Christian Marclay + during the opening Francesca Gavin will perfom a live lounge jazz session.
“As a curator, editor and writer I have done very disparate work. However my true alternative self is that of a musician. I learnt to read music before I learnt to read words. I attended a Suzuki school aged 3 studying rhythm and chord structures as a toddler. My grandmother started Dial Recordings, which released many of Charlie Parker’s recordings. My father was a folk singer who grew up around Count Basie, Leadbelly and opened for John Lee Hooker. As a teenager, I worked playing piano and singing jazz below fleapit cinemas and in hotel bars. I sang in St Pauls Cathedral. My vocals appeared on a cheap London garage 12”. After university my voice dropped an octave and I barely sang.“
“On a curatorial level I have always been interested in the intersection between art and music – how artists are inspired and interpret sound and music in sculpture, installation, video and performance works. I am also interested by the relationship between soul, jazz, hip hop and black music culture with art. Another aspect is the spiritual aspect of music – from Sufism and whirling dervishes to Hindu devotional Bhajans to the Jewish heritage of the cantors – and how this manifests in the very modern forms of raves, subcultures and other musical tribalism.“