Went to see Omar Souleyman and Group Doueh on Friday night (29/05/09) at the Tufnell Park Dome, much less illustrious venue than the Dome in Greenwich it must be said. They are from Syria and Western Shahara respectively, and it was the first UK gig for both of them. The concert was a sell out and there were also quite a few people scouting for tickets outside. Also a sell out was the Omar Souleyman Highway to Hassake LP, I went to buy it before he even appeard on stage but was left disappointed. Damn. Continue reading
Adaptation/Translation – Elms Lesters Painting Rooms
I went to see Adaptation/Translation, an exhibition of work by the Brooklyn based artist José Parlá at the Elms Lesters Painting Rooms in Flitcroft Street, London last night. For anyone who has never been to the building, it is an amazing space. Aside from the gallery space itself, there are two huge scenic painting rooms with massive motorised stretchers, which can be used to paint large scale theatre back-drops. I think the largest stretcher is around 20 square metres. I was lucky enough to do work experience there many years ago as the gallery owner, Paul Jones, is an old friend of my father.