Taking over various venues across London in March, Convergence brings together visual arts and music pioneers that use technology in diverse and innovative ways. There’s Junun, a unique collaboration between Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood and Israeli composer Shye Ben Tzur, the newly conceived Gil Scott-Heron Project featuring emerging and recognised artists including Jamie Woon, Nadine Shah, and Loyle Carner, and the app-weidling electronic wizard Dan Deacon lighting up Village Underground.
An idiosyncratic, engaging and vibrant series of events, we spoke with Festival Director Glenn Maxx to find out a little bit more…
What's the ethos of Convergence? What links all the shows together?
Convergence celebrates the vital intersection of art, music and technology.
Through our conference and concert series we aim to promote artistic excellence through the utilisation of new and recently established technologies. In some cases we re-visit innovations of the past. This diverse array of artists share a restless pursuit of new means of expression.
Whether it's Dan Deacon recycling familiar music at 999bpm to create something new or The Herbaliser seeking to gain new ground in hip-hop or Nurse With Wound creating music that simply can not be described - we present artists that have innovation written into their DNA.
How do you feel the festival has changed over progressed over the last three years?
It's bigger, it's smarter and it's added visual arts in a more comprehensive and considered way.
We also move into more venues - KOKO, Roundhouse, Barbican, St John on Bethnal Green Church and Scala.
What events are you most excited about for 2016?
The Gaslamp Killer doing back-to-back shows should be pretty mental, excited to hear Of Montreal's unique noise pop, Lamb's subtle powerful beauty, and of course Junun - Jonny Greenwood's always fascinating.
What do you feel is the hidden gem in your line up this year? The one show people might not recognise that's going to be incredible?
Tough question, so I'll choose three. Colin Stetson is one of the most hypnotic live performers in the world - it's something everyone needs to see at least once in their life. Anna Von Hausswolff's new album is so heavy it will be interesting to see her do it live in the church. Finally Omar Souleyman's live show is legendary - it’ll definitely be the best party in town that night.
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