A Midsummer Day's Dream brings Chris & Cosey to Glasgow Tramway

Optimo-curated event A Midsummer Day's Dream

Bill also features Tut Vu Vu, Tristan Perich and Lucky Dragons

‘None of us went on to do anything remotely industrial,’ pointed out Chris Carter in a recent interview. ‘We’d burned ourselves out of it and we didn’t want it to sound like [Throbbing Gristle].’ The truth of that statement will be evident at this second round of the Tramway’s annual all-day experimental music event in association with Optimo.

Fresh from a decade-in-the-waiting reunion show at London’s ICA earlier this year (in as much as a group can be reunited when their members have lived together since the 80s) and the ultimate dissolution of seminal industrial outfit Throbbing Gristle following the death of fellow founder Peter ‘Sleazy’ Christopherson, Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti (pictured) will showcase some of the music which placed them among the most important, if in their case widely unheralded, artists in the evolution of electronic sound. Oddly billed here as Carter Tutti Performing as Chris & Cosey, the pair’s ICA show featured almost all of the Exotika album and their most recognisable track ‘October (Love Song)’: hopefully this set finds room for the Eurythmics-featuring ‘Sweet Surprise’ from Optimo’s Sleepwalk mix.

Split into separate day and evening events, the later part of the programme will also feature a live performance by Arthur’s Landing, the music of the late avant-garde classical and disco composer Arthur Russell as played by a group of his friends. In the afternoon, expect live performances from Glasgow’s Uncle John & Whitelock descendants Tut Vu Vu, New York sound artist Tristan Perich, Californian experimental outfit Lucky Dragons and London band Rhosyn.

Tramway, Glasgow, Sat 25 Jun

Chris & Cosey - October Love Song

Chris & Cosey - Interview 1991 - Pagan Tango Synaesthesia

A Midsummer Day's Dream

Presented by Optimo and the Tramway, this evening of cutting edge electronic music will feature sometime Throbbing Gristle duo Chris & Cosey, and the music of Arthur Russell as imagined by collaborative group Arthur's Landing.

A Midsummer Day's Dream

The second year of Optimo and the Tramway's great summer music collaboration, with Chris & Cosey (Throbbing Gristle) and Arthur's Landing, a group of musicians who play the music of disco-classical composer Arthur Russell.

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