From the Glasshouse: CHAINES and Liza Bec present CRYSTALQUEER
Progressive. Multisensory. Liberated queer genius.
A From the Glasshouse special featuring the spectacular world premiere of CRYSTALQUEER, a collaborative audiovisual commission from Liza Bec and CHAINES.
Liza and CHAINES on CRYSTALQUEER:
Queer Crystals Evolve, Live!
Watch! Listen! Be Transformed!
Existing as a point of light
A grain of salt in endless white
Nestled by the river Tyne,
Forged in fire,
Flung through time,
Lens expand and lens contracting
Sound and vision’s quantum glory
The root of all; the queerest story.
Should geometry define who you are when it’s so changeable? Or should it be the way the light passes through you?
Part cyborg concert, part audiovisual installation, part video game, this is the premiere of a cutting-edge electronic work by two composer-performers with first hand experience of life beyond the gender binary. CRYSTALQUEER’s electronic sounds and visuals are inspired by the evolution of the Gateshead riverside from flat mediaeval salt meadow to modern ten sided concert hall.
Be subsumed in this unique live performance experience in surround sound as Liza’s roborecorder and Cee’s electronically enhanced flute transform the unique space of Sage 2 into a celebration of queer crystals. Expect edgy, dark synths, dirty bass, abstract fragments of spoken word and soaring melodic lines lit up by original sound responsive video game style visuals. Come and be inspired by the beauty of moving beyond binary restrictions towards multidimensional freedom.
Want the full scoop? Read our Q&A with CHAINES and Liza Bec.
Need to know
Price: Pay what you decide
8pm-8.40pm Me Lost Me
Interval (20 mins)
Please note timings are subject to change
Age: Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.
Meet the artists
Liza is an award winning, innovative contemporary performer, composer, producer, lyricist, and multimedia narrative author.
CHAINES (Cee Haines) is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and multimedia artist based in the Greater Manchester area, who writes surreal and fantastical music. They work in a wide range of musical genres and contexts. CHAINES premiered an arrangement of 90s gaming music entitled ‘Tribute to Pokémon, Ecco and Secret of Mana’ for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the BBC Proms’ first ever Gaming Prom (2022).
Me Lost Me
Me Lost Me (AKA Jayne Dent) delights in experimenting with songwriting and storytelling, creating a beguiling mix of soaring vocals and atmospheric electronics that playfully push genre boundaries. With Me Lost Me’s third full-length album ‘RPG’, released in July 2023 on Upset the Rhythm, she has expanded her sound palette even further, and does a deep dive into the question of what it means to make contemporary folk music.