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23 September 2016
BREVIEW: Post Paradise – feat. Zach Dawson, Paul Zaba, Louis D’Heudieres
@ Centrala (Minerva Works) 23.09.16
"All in all tonight has been rousing and a success; Post-Paradise
is a welcome celebration of contemporary compositions, and at five quid
a pop it is as cheap as it is cheerful. Centrala, the Minerva Works
based café & gallery, is an intimate, warm and welcoming venue with
a good sound and lots of scope. A little back end of beyond, but only a
10 min walk from either The Custard factory or Millennium Point.
My only problem was with context, or lack thereof. It’s great to be
challenged, and the unexplained is just
another reason to explore, but
with more understanding of each piece tonight I could have been more
The room was full of those that know and those that are
learning, but if you’re going to invite the general public
your art in action, some helpful introductions would be just that."
(Words by Ed King) Link to full article
8 March 2017
Frontiers Festival Blog, Birmingham Conservatoire
"An alien has landed in Birmingham, they are hungry and also in need of
examples of contemporary culture
report back to their people. Where do
you take them to eat and how do you entertain them?
I would take them to the Post-Paradise concert series happening once a
month at Centrala in Digbeth.
While we are there we might as well see
if there are any other events happening at Centrala,
right next door, or go check out the exhibition at Eastside Projects
down the road.
We can then go for beer at the Old Crown where there are
two ghosts said to roam the very old pub."
(Birmingham City University
- Andy Roberts interviews Roché Van Tiddens) Link to full article
26 May 2017
Presenting Neil Luck & James Whittle, Kinder Meccano and Hillary Springfield
saw Centrala play host to the final Post-Paradise concert of the
2016-17 season with a visit from
Manchester-based Kinder Meccano.
Reel-to-reel tape decks, a Tascam Portastudio, a zither, an old Casio
wind-up toys, and a hairdryer were all put to use to create
music that swung from delicately magical to
thumpingly raucous and back
again in a fluid and engaging way. Displaying the names of each piece
homemade signs was a nice touch: a gorgeous moment of glowing
ambience took the name ‘Before You’.
In this duo format, much as with
their other project Almost Credible Music, Cutting and Glovackyte cast
a distinctive enchanting and whimsical spell; my impression on Friday
night was that the music has grown
strong enough to achieve this all on
its own, without the theatrical devices it has leaned heavily on in the
If anything, it was the full-on noise components that didn’t
quite convince, though perhaps the venue’s PA contributed to this.
Meccano’s set was preceded by two intelligent and well-performed pieces
from the duos of
Neil Luck and James Whittle, and Michael Wolters and
Hillary Springfield, though
I think I enjoyed them more as theatre than
(by Nathan Thomas) Link to full article