Gorilla on Tour – Performer Profiles: Garance Louis

During the southern leg of the tour, one of our favourite characters has been the marvellous, mellifluous, direct-from-France Garance Louis. Her stage banter includes all her favourite jokes (‘That one works so much better in English…the French do not like it at all’) as well as her admission that ‘I don’t really have good taste in jokes’, and her show runs from Amelie-style circus jigs through Pastis-soaked ballads, all accompanied by her trusty accordion.

We love Garance, and can’t wait to see her again in London on the 27th, when she’ll be accompanied by a full band.

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Gorilla on Tour – Peformer Profiles: SJ Fowler

SJ Fowler has published four collections of poetry, commissioned original works sonic art, installation, poetry and performance art for a variety of institutes and organisations, performed and been published in countless countries and publications, as well as editing and working on several poetry magazines. Needless to say, he’s a busy man, which is possibly why his works, as we’ve seen them, tend towards the brief. Which is not to say they’re short – more that he cuts straight to the heart of the matter, whether it’s Ryan’s $20 suit, or a twisted whale-tale in just four lines.

For this tour, SJ has been reading from a specially commissioned work, based loosely around the theme of fragrance. We’ve loved having his stylish person around the place, and are super excited to present him at Cafe Kino in Bristol, The Gorilla Bus in Cardiff, and in London on October 27. 

Here he is with the gorgeous Garance Louis, who will also be performing in London. As you can see, they make quite the duo.

Gorilla On Tour – Brighton

Ryan Van Winkle, Brighton Rock in hand, starts the night at Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar (which by the way, was actually rather sticky) with some meandering prose before introducing the poet SJ Fowler. His twenty-one original meditations inspired by the topic of scent flit between dark humour, delightfully light observations and sad snapshots memories.

Following his poetry, the accordionist fresh from France, Garance Louis, stole the stage with jokes and charmed us with her splendidly sexy and playful songs. Her set took a deeper, more romantic tone when Hannah from the Moulettes, joined her on stage with her cello. Garance finished with a happy peppy little ditty, which suited Brighton perfectly as it lilted like a carousel that one could imagine would have sat at the end of the pier in some hundred years ago. Collision’s Dance Company seized the floor, giving one of the best performances of the tour. Verity, Sol and Bianca looked amazing under the glowing red and blue lights, the accordion/cello backing as they performed “The Voice of Reason”.

On stage, Ryan Van Winkle dips his Brighton Rock into his wine, and assures us it makes it better. Well, it certainly could not make it worse (I tried some, it was decidedly too sticky and a bit gross). It’s an easy transition to Deborah Pearson’s piece about a very likely future.  Sentimental yet slightly downbeat, she recollects things yet to happen, in an altogether relevant fashion.  It left me with feeling like I could have been characters in her story, or that maybe we had been in the situation before.

Robin and Candy then swept over with a gentle set of duets. Candy’s melodic floating vocals complimenting and contrasting well with Robin’s fine cords. Robin was soft and sweet and disarmingly sure of himself. His songs were redolent of 1970’s folk, rather romantically winsome. The song about the London Riots had a pacifying lullaby-like quality, while covering his perspectives on the current shifts in society.

Last to take the stage was The Moulettes. Although they are normally a much larger band, we were treated to the original trio, Hannah, Ollie and Ruth. There are so many adjectives I could use to describe them! Overall, they could not have been more perfect for this time of year, they weaved into songs the feeling of autumn, the cadence of Ruth and Hannah’s vocals are warm in tone with an underlying electrical charge, one moment smooth and cool, the next hard and brisk. Absolutely enchanting. Then we danced to the end of the set, finishing with a track that literally rocked the floor boards.

The night was a delight, and as it dawned on me that we are drawing to the end of this wonderful tour, I must urge you to make it to the Bristol for the last Golden Hour night event!  Thursday, starting at 7pm. 

Gorilla On Tour- Performer Profiles: Deborah Pearson

 

Deborah Pearson is a woman of many talents. Theatre-maker, playwright, performance artist, advice booth operator, writer, are just a few of the labels bestowed upon Ms. Pearson, however, there are many more that could be just as accurate. Deborah is the co-director of the Forest Fringe, an award-winning mainstay in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

One of our favourite projects of Deborah’s is the 1£ Advice Booth where Deborah and Morgan McBride used to set up a booth on Brick Lane and for 1£ you could ask for advice. You left with a prescription typed out on a lovely typewriter and a lollipop. There’s a lovely video of the advice booth here.

Deborah has received many accolades throughout her career, including, the highly coveted Herald Award, as well as being named on the Stage 100 List of Most Influential People in UK Theatre. An interview with Deborah on The Guardian website found here.

In addition, we are loving Body Pods, this sound art work that Deborah worked on, that is available streaming, also on The Guardian website. Be sure to pop some headphones on, and listen away.

We’re very pleased to have Deborah on the Gorilla on Tour- The Golden Hour: Infused & Bemused. She’s a creative ball of wonder! Please visit her website to find out about many more interesting projects and works as this, of course, is just a nutshell (and a small nut at that- a hazelnut shell!) of Deborah’s many talents.

Gorilla on Tour – Performer Profiles: Robin Grey

 

Inspired by the timeless work of Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Joanna Newsom amongst many others, Robin colours in his songs about love and life with guitar, banjo, ukulele, mandolin, piano, double bass, organ, percussion toys and any other instruments he can afford and fit into his little studio.

His music has been described as ‘gently experimental nu-folk’ and compared to Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Richard Thompson and Harry Chaplin – he is a bit distressed by the misspelling of the word ‘new’ and has no idea who Harry Chaplin is.

His latest video ‘Mariam’s Cake’ was shot with legendary puppeteer Ronnie Le Drew  who worked on the holy trinity of Labyrinth, Rocky Horror, and most excitingly, was Zippy from Rainbow.

We’re super excited to have Robin on the southern leg of the Gorilla tour – you can check him out online here, or come see him live in Leeds, Brighton, Oxford, Bristol or Cardiff 

Collage Competition

So new competition. Photo collage! Yay! I wanted to introduce one of our judges, no stranger to a collage herself. Soph recently joined Gorilla, helping out with our tour: you can see her in this video, setting up perfume with Cassie. Soph knows a thing about tours; she’s in a band and she helps manage a band. However, it’s not tours I want to talk about. I want to talk about COLLAGES. When Soph says, “I love collages” she states it, not in an over-gregarious use of the word “love”; she earnestly means it. Soph is a connoisseur of the collage- and I say that so that this competition is not taken lightly by any means. Soph would never say so herself, I’m sure, so I just wanted this addressed, so that you’re properly advised, about the collage contest, that it’s a deadly serious collage contest.

The band Soph is in, The Veils, were once photographed by Rankin. Soph was given the task to somehow destroy said portrait. She wrote a blog on the process here. She calls her collaging merely “Cutting and Sticking”. I think the image speaks for itself. (Buscemi!)

I just wanted to make you aware of the stakes here. Keep those photo collages coming!

Competition Alert!

Feeling lost without tour updates? Never fear – the bus will be back soon. Meanwhile, we’re so happy with the tour and so inspired by the smorgasbord of creativity we’ve been seeing every day, that we’ve come up with a project to keep everyone occupied in the meantime.

Images of all the new perfumes are now online here – or check the Gorilla 2012 Gallery link above. Something about the pictures of all the new perfumes, and all that white space, we couldn’t help but think they’re ripe for a little collage action. So, be it on the computer programme of your choosing or on your bedroom floor with a pair of scissors and a pot of glue, we want you to create us a scene featuring one of the perfumes.

It can be beautiful, funny, epic, silly or truly strange – all that’s required is that it’s amazing. You’ll need to send it to us – either instagram or tweet it tagged #gorillaontour, submit it to us at gorillaperfumes.tumblr.com, or leave a link to it in the comments on this post. The best image for each perfume will win a bottle of that fragrance.

All the perfume images are online on the Gorilla Perfume facebook as well as on the album here – to grab them simply rightclick and choose ‘save as’.

This competition is open to anyone, anywhere – just make sure we have some way of contacting you. We can’t wait to see what you come up with…

ENTRIES CLOSE OCTOBER 22, 9AM GMT SHARP.