Swansea International Festival

Joby Burgess / Powerplant

Saturday 7 October, 7.30pm

Warehouse Gallery, National Waterfront Museum, SA1 3RD

The dynamo British percussionist Joby Burgess (whose credits include Peter Gabriel, Max Richter and Eric Whitacre), is joined by sound designer Matthew Fairclough and visual artist Kathy Hinde, as Powerplant present a lavish audio feast where the worlds of minimalism and electronica collide.

Powerplant rework two classics by American minimalist Steve Reich using live tape loops and xylosynth, alongside a new version of Kraftwerk’s evergreen Radioactivity for the 9ft tall Capone-era Aluminium Harp and featuring local singers Choirworks. London based composers and producers Gabriel Prokofiev and Max de Wardener take influence from found sounds and Michael Haneke’s film The Piano Teacher, in powerful works using African soda bottles, oil drums and Franz Schubert’s Winterreise.

Famed for their visually innovative, multi-media performances, Powerplant operate at the forefront of the alt-classical scene, presenting percussion led performances in surround sound with original video.


Piece for Tape (for Percussion) Conlon Nancarrow
Fanta® Gabriel Prokofiev
Until The Blood Is Pure Max de Wardener
Im Dorfe Max de Wardener
My Name Is Steve Reich
Temazcal Javier Alvarez
On Land, Engine Multiplier, Distant Drum Gabriel Prokofiev
Radioactivity Kraftwerk
Electric Counterpoint Steve Reich


Find out more about Joby’s work here: Joby Burgess

Tickets: £15 unreserved

National Waterfront Museum ticket package: purchase a ticket for both Joby Burgess and The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments for £25

Joey Burgess / Powerplant