Bands are often used as examples of collective practice. The theory of whether or to what extent this really happens is not the foremost concern of The Queen of Gob Squad
, but rather practised as a series of one-off bands that exist for one night only. In many Gob Squad pieces a song by Queen has an important role. For Be Part of Something Bigger
, Gob Squad have asked a variety of people to cover and newly interpret a Queen song. On two conditions: The choice of song should be kept secret and each song should only be covered once. Rules are there to be broken after all...
is the live and recording project of Henry Sergeant better known in electronic music circles as the frontman for Wevie Stonder.
Henry released his first solo album Grevious Bodily Charm on the Spezialmaterial label at the end of 2012. Tonight Henry will be joined onstage by The Straight Jackets: regular collaboraters violinist Mark Matthes and drummer Niko Kratzer plus a guest appearance from one of Wevie Stonder’s original members Chris Umney.Scout Niblett
Scout Niblett has been making music since she was a kid. In 1997, she graduated from the Contemporary Arts course in Nottingham that some members of Gob Squad also graduated from a few years earlier. Her first album came out in 2001, and last year saw the release of her 6th studio album it's up to emma
. She is based in Portland Oregon, and is currently working on her 7th album, as well as being a part time evolutionary astrologer.Peaches
, a legendary live performer and revolutionary figure in electronic music, has released four studio albums, and many EPs and singles, to name only one of her various forms of artistic expression. She is currently at work on her anticipated fifth full length studio album. Damian Rebgetz and Paul Hankinson
are Berlin based musicians who met studying at the Qld Conservatorium of Music in Australia. Hankinson is a pianist and composer and Rebgetz is a singer and performance/theatre maker. Rebgetz became a fan of Gob Squad after watching Are You With Us?
in 2011. He then met some of them in person on a bus in 2012 and subsequently became a guest performer in Western Society.She She Pop
(SSP) is a performance collective founded in the late 1990’s by graduates of the Applied Theater Studies program in Gießen. She She Pop see it as their mission to explore the social boundaries of communication – and transgress them in a purposeful and artistic way in the protected theatrical space. Aside from the individual shows – but also in the best parts of every performance – we define the artistic work as a collective to be our most fatal and greatest challenge.Showcase Beat Le Mot
is a four person performance collective, that was founded in 1997 from the applied theatre studies course in Gießen. Since then their collective heart has beaten for the outlaw. They celebrate the life of the pirate or send a lone shogun on a bloody voyage through mythic Japan in their Manga series Gomune
. They threaten late mediaeval Münster in the guise of anabaptists and brawl in the bandit's wood as the Town Musicians of Bremen. Secretly these outsider fantasies are also always about the life of an independent theatre group wanting to divest themselves of the laws of conventional repertory theatre – they tell of the desire to become independent, of collective decision making and non-hierarchical working processes and the delight in unconventional forms of action and expression. This is why an evening with Showcase is always a patchwork of original songs, choreographies, videos, objects, narratives and occasional dialogues.Nina Tecklenburg
is a performance maker and scholar of theatre. She has been collaborating with Gob Squad, She She Pop, Lone Twin Theatre, Baktruppen and Rabih Mroué. She is a founding member of the group Interrobang who develops new performative formats for participatory work. www.interrobang-performance.comMolly Haslund
graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts 2000-2005 and Glasgow School of Art MFA 2003-2005. She incorporates musical compositions, sound, songs, lectures and sculptural objects into interdisciplinary performances and installation works, often in close interaction with the audience, architecture and urban space. www.mollyhaslund.comThe 100 Year Old Band
is an artist collaboration between Sue Palmer, Joff Winterhart and Simon Roberts. Joff and Simon have a drum and bass duo Bucky and Sue is an artist working with people and place. We have known each other for a long time and do our own thing for most of the time, but once a year (or so) we collaborate to make something live, to make a band.
We find 10 people from a city or town to be in a band together – one person from each decade from someone under 10 to someone in their 90s – a pan-generational, multi-ability band. We write one song together, and perform once to a live audience. Usually the project runs along the lines of ‘one week, one song, one gig’. For Be Part of Something Bigger
two exceptions were made: songs by Queen serve as musical material and Berlin based Annette Birkholz was chosen to find the band members for The 100 Year Old Band in Berlin. www.the100yearoldband.comAnnette Birkholz
links people from various professional backgrounds (economic, science) with artists in order to open up new learning spaces and to develope artistic interventions for sustainable change in organisations. www.incendo-berlin.de
is no stranger to cover versions. Be it Bryan Ferry's smooth love declaration Don't Stop the Dance
, Komeit's sad Berlin song Saturday Night
, Frederick Loewe's Broadway classic I Talk to the Trees
or the often and perhaps over used Boy's Don't Cry
, Masha sings them all as if they were her own songs. Now Queen is lined up...Christopher Uhe
spent the late 80s and the entire 90s of the 20th Century as a singer, songwriter and musician in a diverse assortment of Post-punk bands. After a number of outings as producer, arranger and musician in various noise, folk and rock bands, Uhe has worked for many years as a theatre musician with Stefan Pucher. Christopher Uhe was Gob Squad's guest in the production Revolution Now!