Preview: St. John Sessions presents Arca & Jesse Kanda (Live)


When: Friday 12th June
St. John at Hackney Church, London
Tickets: £13.50 (+ bf)

It was not until late last year when Arca properly crawled onto our radar, totally impossible to ignore, with the unearthing of his Xen LP (Mute Records). Since its release, both the name and work of the Venezuela-born, London-based producer have spread like wildfire. Known for overly sensational experimentation in his music, there is a certain ugliness found in Arca’s dislocated sounds, that seems to fuel his praise. Having also worked in close affiliation with both Björk and FKA Twigs, Arca falls cohesively into the current climate of experimental electronic art which successfully carries a meaning.

For Arca’s tantalising artwork (which recently got him suspended from Instagram), we have Jesse Kanda to thank. Kanda’s artistic visions continue in the same vein as Arca’s, with her vulgar, third-dimensional creations inhibiting the same sense of contortion and discomfort that people still can’t seem to get enough of.

After a year-long discussion between Arca, Kanda and one of our favourite London promoters, St. John Sessions, they proudly welcome both artists to the mesmerising Hackney Church. Proceedings will be opened by fellow innovator, Inga Copeland, for what is set to be a chilling and truly exceptional event.

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