A screening of Cathy Soreny’s film ‘Adam Bohman: By Biro and Umbrella Sping’, together with Q&A, a live performance by the Bohman Brothers and a solo set from cellist Lori Goldston.
Adam Bohman is a polymath of outsider arts and music, gleaning everydaydetritus to create a familiar yet beguiling take on the world around us. A portrait of a compulsive creator who transforms the mundane and banal into something quite extraordinary.
The Bohman Brothers
“ Sound art veterans The Bohman Brothers invest random words with unearned meanings via the eloquent juxtapositions of their elegantly neutral voices. After three decades of experimentation, these alchemists of banality, these banalchemists, turn everyday leaden language into poetic gold.” – Stewart Lee (reviewing the ‘Back On The Streets’ album)
Adam Bohman and Jonathan Bohman have been recording together since their early teens and playing live since 1984.
Their repertoire includes a combination of sounds created in the moment and distinct compositions including songs. They use unconventional instruments, household objects, dislocated text from found, literary and commercial sources and collaged layers of recordings.
Regular concerts started in the mid-90s in London at places like The Club Room in Penton Street, The Red Rose and The Klinker. From 2000 to 2005 they had their own concert series upstairs at The Bonnington Café in Vauxhall, London.
Working together they are in a number of groups, including : Secluded Bronte with Richard Thomas, Apricot My Lady with Lukas Simonis & Anne La Berge and Ischio Romantico with Leonard Aspen & Roger Boulding. They have also worked with film-maker Peter Strickland on various projects.
Additional collaborations with: Christian Marclay, Luke Fowler, Andy Holden, Ken Campbell, Ilan Volkov, Steve Beresford, Lol Coxhill, L.Voag, Lepke B, Peter Fengler, Felix Kubin, Jim O’Rourke, Charles Hayward, Michael Prime and Neil Luck.
They have performed at Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Roundhouse, Royal Albert Hall, South Bank and numerous smaller venues around the UK. Also across Europe and America.
Their duo recordings include ‘A Twist For All Pockets’ (Rossbin, 2001), ‘Purely Practical’ (Peripheral Conserve, 2002), ‘Back On The Streets’ (Peripheral Conserve, 2012), ‘Library Music’ (Des Astres D’Or, 2019) and ‘In Their 70s’ (Fort Evil Fruit, 2021)
“The new single by the Bohman Brothers, Purely Practical/Western Omelette (Peripheral Conserve ph10 7”) is one of the best sound poetry jukebox records since Henri Chopin stopped cutting them. One side has one Bohman reading catalogue descriptions of table saws while his brother tries to disrupt his concentration with taped and/or live interjections that would throw most grown-ups out of whack. The flipside is a layered collision of taped sounds and disparate spoken bits that sounds like a couple of guys trying to keep their card game focused while the cruise ship they’re on is burning and sinking around them. It’s a top-notch release and quite different from the instrumental work for which I’d thought these two were better known. Nice cover graphics, too.”
Byron Coley, The Wire Magazine, October 2002.
Uncut: Are there any specific influences you had in mind for the main character, Gilderoy?
Peter Strickland: There was an element of Adam Bohman. He did this recording with brother [Jonathan] called “Purely Practical”, which is them reading out DIY catalogues, and it was just fantastic. I begged them to let me put it out as a 7”. It was almost like Samuel Beckett or something, this weird inscrutable thing, completely mundane, but with this very hyponotic effect underneath it.
Peter Strickland talking to Michael Bonner, Uncut magazine 2012 about his film, Berberian Sound Studio.
In Their 70s (2021) Read the review HERE
Classically trained and rigorously de-trained, possessor of a restless, semi-feral spirit, Lori Goldston is a cellist, composer, improvisor, producer, writer and teacher from Seattle. Her voice as a cellist, amplified or acoustic, is full, textured, committed and original. A relentless inquirer, her work drifts freely across borders that separate genre, discipline, time and geography.
Current and former collaborators and/or bosses include Earth, Nirvana, Mirah, Jessika Kenney, Ilan Volkov, Eyvind Kang, Stuart Dempster, David Byrne, Terry Riley, Jherek Bischoff, Malcom Goldstein, Steve Von Till, Lonnie Holley, Cat Power, Ellen Fullman, Maya Dunietz, Mik Quantius, Embryo, O Paon, Tara Jane O’Neil, Natacha Atlas, Broken Water, Ed Pias, Christian Rizzo and Sophie Laly, Threnody Ensemble, Cynthia Hopkins, 33 Fainting Spells, Vanessa Renwick, Mark Mitchell, Lynn Shelton, and many more.