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Ian Boddy

Live at

The Gatherings Concert Series

Saturday 20 October 2018 8:00PM

St. Mary's Hamilton Village
3916 Locust Walk in Philadelphia, PA

Admission: $20 cash at the door/night of show


UK synthesist Ian Boddy returns to The Gatherings Concert Series and the remarkable setting of St. Mary's Hamilton Village for a rare stateside concert performance on Saturday 20 October 2018

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Ian Boddy

Emerging from the post Tangerine Dream/Cosmic Music generation, Ian Boddy has carved out a position as a distinctive independent composer and performer. A consistent presence on the European electronic music scene since the late 1970s, this British based sonic explorer established the DiN label in 1999; a venture which allows Boddy to collaborate with a variety of musicians as well as to release his own material as well as that of other innovative artists. Thus far DiN has released dozens of CDs (with Boddy involved musically in many) and achieved widespread critical acclaim for its adventurous outlook at the world of electronic music.

Ian Boddy provides the listener with a rich atmosphere of original timbres and floating soundscapes. He is one of the few of his generation to have successfully integrated electronic music styles as diverse as seventies-style sequencer structures, melodic neo-classicism and the post-rave Modern Ambient style.

After many years of playing at live events Ian Boddy's idea behind performing concerts is now about bringing his meticulous studio sensibilities out before the public, where the energy of the performance space and the spontaneity of the moment may move his already advanced skills into a higher realm. It is also a wonderful way for Boddy to come into contact with people who love Spacemusic, and feel their support and enthusiasm. His upcoming show in Philadelphia is sure to possess all the magic and sense of adventure possible that a live concert may evoke.

 

 

Ian Boddy returns to Philadelphia and The Gatherings Concert Series in Philadelphia on Saturday 20 October 2018. Following this event, Ian Boddy will play a live-to-air radio concert on STAR'S END Ambient Radio: www.starsend.org

Liverdelphia (DiN42) by Ian Boddy

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Liverdelphia Review: Liverdelphia (2013) by Ian Boddy

One might ask, what the heck is a Liverdelphia? Good question! Some will answer that it is a live album by UK synthesist Ian Boddy compiling and consolidating his Autumn 2012 concert dates at Capstone Theater in Liverpool, and The Gatherings Concert Series in Philadelphia. Others will say that Liverdelphia (75'22") is a musical voyage of conflicting musical concepts brought into a fragile harmony. After many years of playing at live events Ian Boddy's idea behind performing concerts is now about bringing his meticulous studio sensibilities out before the public, where the energy of the performance space and the spontaneity of the moment may move his already advanced skills into a higher realm. It is also a wonderful way for Boddy to come into contact with people who love Spacemusic, and feel their support and enthusiasm. Liverdelphia possesses all the magic and sense of adventure possible for a live album to evoke. It contains an impressive range of tones, voices, subject matter and forms. Not one of these nine tracks is less than perfect. The bright spots are incandescent, fairly vibrating with new energy. Yet sometimes it dwells in only a blankness, with each sound bleeding into its background - giving the amorphous sections the feel of a precisely executed abstraction. In his music Boddy has always dared to embrace complexity, and the idea density of Liverdelphia is impressive (25% from Liverpool and 75% from Philadelphia). Each piece is imbued with vague cosmic mystery as well as arithmetic solidity. Sequences run on a bass line and a counter line above, echoing through elaborate key changes as a spaceship might dodge asteroids. Powered by inventive stutter-step drumming the programmed patterns marshal somber melodic synth leads and the smoky data poetry of electronic ambiance. Boddy's willingness to linger on moments of great intensity result in areas of both strange modulations and the majestic procession of ethereal choirs and synthesized strings. On this CD we hear Boddy maintaining his unique musical energy all the while reaching toward new ambitions. Liverdelphia shows us the difference between a studio creation and a witnessed event. The overall effect will no doubt leave listeners charmed but not quite sated, and consulting their calendars for the next Ian Boddy concert - so that they may experience the power of this music first hand.

- Chuck van Zyl/STAR'S END

Sepulchre Review: Sepulchre (2013) by Ian Boddy

UK synthesist Ian Boddy has thus far played live on STAR'S END Ambient Radio four times (five if we count the on-air concert he did with Mark Shreeve in their duo Arc). Each performance has been released as an album. Sepulchre (64'02"), recorded on the 14 October 2012 broadcast of STAR'S END, begins as one kind of album and ends as something entirely different. It is a multi-movement piece with variety on the surface yet cohesion underneath. For Boddy the STAR'S END performance studio is a way to press forward with innovations that attain the emotional powers and intimacy that he seems to be seeking. And with each hour-long opportunity we obtain a truer glimpse into the inventive, intricate and never-knowable mind of this imaginative musician. With a willingness to linger on moments of great intensity Sepulchre begins with a sound collage that feels like a force bearing down on the listener. Tone painting at its best, this section is a cold otherworld of willful incoherence all its own. Rumbling drones form a cold and dark foundation beneath swirling atmospheric modulations and gliding moans. Synth strings move through dramatic progressions, as a prelude to an epic sequencer space romp. Starting out as a low pulse this part's energy level quickly rises. Throbbing bass deviously propels the music forward pulling along outsized electronic chords and softly distorted (and skillfully played) keyboard leads. Boddy's tone patterns eventually wind down into a post-storm calm - and into two movements of beautiful resolution. The ending always comes last, and while we are within the borders of the conclusion we persistently feel as if we are just getting a grip on something that is slipping away. Some truths are better told in sound. From the disorientation of surreal dissonance, to the clarity of focused structure, and final passages so tender as to rouse an awakening of our own fragility, Sepulchre provokes a range of reactions, none of which are wrong. Ian Boddy did realize this music, but it lives in everyone else.

- Chuck van Zyl/STAR'S END


The Gatherings Concert Series presents Ian Boddy live in concert on Saturday 20 October 2018 at 8:00PM (doors open at 7:30pm) in the church sanctuary of St. Mary's Hamilton Village 3916 Locust Walk (just east of 40th & Locust) on the Penn campus in West Philadelphia. Admission: $20 cash at the door, night of show; $10 for full-time students with proper ID (available at the door).

Advance Tickets available soon from www.isotank.com



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