FRIDAY MAY 5
PRAM (UK) audiovisual concert
ELA ORLEANS (PL/UK) audiovisual concert
XAVIER BOUSSIRON (FR) live
LAIDA LERTXUNDI (ES/US)
“Vivir para Vivir / Live to Live” screening
STANLEY (CH) DJ set
THE DEAD MAURIACS (FR) diffusion
DISCOGRAPHISME RECREATIF (FR) exhibition
Doors : 20:00 – Starts 20:30 –
Price 15.- / 20.- / 25.-, pass 2 nights 35.–
Palace, Zwinglistr. 3, Blumenbergplatz, 9000 St. Gallen
PRAM (UK) — concert
“Music for your movies”: for 25 years and through 9 albums (first on Too Pure and later on Domino records), Pram develops a unique, luxuriant and cinematic musical space, nourished by the visuals of Filmficciones. With a new album, “Across the Meridian” to be published in 2017, following their last LP “The Moving Frontier” released in 2007 and after several crossover arts projects, Pram comes back to Palace in St. Gallen to headline the first Imaginary musics concert evening.
ELA ORLEANS (UK/PL) — concert
Going along the “music for your movies” of Pram, the motto of polish artist and composer Ela Orleans, “movies for ears”, proposes a nice shortcut to her multi-layered musical universe, haunted by twisted sixties melodic lines, outer voices and stratospheric atmospheres, invoking the works and tenderness of a modern Delia Derbyshire as well as having the density of universes such as the one of Broadcast. Based in Glasgow since 2011 after spending some years in New York, Ela Orleans published albums on Staubgold, Clan Destine, La Station Radar, and released her last record, “Circles of Upper and Lower Hell”, on Night School records in 2016. Une femme moderne !
XAVIER BOUSSIRON (FR) — concert
“His speciality is happiness”: musician, artist and french dramaturg Xavier Boussiron explores since 1992 the basements of muzak, the mystery of exotica, the maps of affects and items of sad passion. Since his first record where he covered Roy Orbison and his chicken hearted tunes on keyboards, this temporary member of Destroy All Monsters develops his singular vision through collaborations with artists such as Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Sophie Perez or the moviemaker Alain Guiraudie. His last record “Mikrokosmos”, conceived with Marie-Pierre Brébant, is a bunch of covers from Belà Bartòk’s repertoire. With his music described as “psycho-erotic”, he’s also behind an orchestra (Menace de Mort et son Orchestre) meant to perform under hypnosis. “Now I clap my fingers and you sleep” : welcome in Xavier Boussiron’s world and his incredible strange music
LAIDA LERTXUNDI (US/ES), “VIVIR PARA VIVIR / LIVE TO LIVE” — screening
“If I want to remember what happened on this trip, what should I do?”. This question from writer Adolfo Bioy Casares opens “Vivir para Vivir / Live to Live”, an 11 min. short movie from 2015 from Spanish born artist and United States based Laida Lertxundi, which explores desire as well as the mental and musical spaces opened by intense emotional states – including ones of orgasms – with an embodied female position. Acclaimed for her “ability to capture the flux of life”, Laida Lertxundi has seen her work previously presented at MoMa, Tate Modern and several institutions worldwide.
THE DEAD MAURIACS (FR) — diffusion
“In the garden of sighs, there’s only one stairs”, “Cocktails for the end of times”, “New exotic functions”, “Saturnalia” … With record titles written as in an imaginary library index, Olivier Prieur’s Dead Mauriacs have been exploring since 2009 the crossed spaces between music, literature and visual art, composing music as if it was a collage, and drawing as if it was a musical composition, with certain works dedicated to Jean Arp or Houdini. “The Golden Age of Artificial Inflatable Islands Or Ecstatic Free Love in a Ballardian Dystopia” is one of the multiple records of this secret formation, a sold out box-set of exotic concrete music accompanied by a fiction, setting the action of the record on an inflatable and motorized artificial island, where italian musicians meet GRM members. This record will be played at Imaginary musics, before the publication of “Beauté des mirages”, its second volume, in June on Discrepant.
STANLEY (CH) — DJ set
Stanley aka Marcel Elsener is a long-time cultural activist in St. Gallen (Kinok, Saiten magazine), a post-punk musician (Boiled Stanleys, Here Hare Here, Trapscope), and also a concert organizer and program adviser at Palace. For this evening, Stanley will play “cinematic” music, transcending genres and crossing borders, including half-forgotten bands such as Débile Menthol, Lemon Kittens, Minimal Compact and Eyeless in Gaza.