Blank Canvas started life in late 2007 as a bi-monthly night showcasing many of the finest names creating cutting edge and innovative contemporary classical, electronic and experimental music in some of London’s alternative live venues including BFI Southbank, Café Oto, Ginglik, Kings Place and 93 Feet East.
Some of the artists who stamped their mark across these Blank Canvas gigs included: Elysian Quartet, Jon Hopkins, Leafcutter John, London Sinfonietta, Mira Calix, Scanner and Shlomo.
In June 2011, we launched our new partnership with Village Underground in London’s Shoreditch. The partnership aims to deliver cutting-edge, ground breaking audio-visual experiences that immerse the senses, offering a truly unique experience.
Village Underground is a growing international platform for arts, culture and creativity, the aim of which is to facilitate cultural exchange through the free movement of creative people and their work across artistic communities and performance spaces. Village Underground London is the first of these bases – a restored Victorian Warehouse with studio spaces for cultural practitioners above in converted tube carriages.
The launch event featured the world premiere of Leafcutter John’s Graphic Score No. 2 (commissioned by us), the UK premiere of Dai Fujikura’s Prism Spectra for Viola and Electronics, Quayola’s Strata Series and a live 12 speaker, 3rd order ambisonic arrangement of Mark Fell’s stunning album Multistability (Raster Noton).
‘An edgy evening with an experimental brief that celebrates Squarepusher every bit as much as Stravinsky’ Evening Standard
‘A night where classical sounds meet electronica squiggles in a flurry of chin-stroking, knowing noodling and musical mastery’ Guardian
**** Independent on Sunday
‘Blips and strings – it’s the future!’ Notion