Friday 15 March 2013

Tim Fulker - The New Curiosity Crop

Jaz Delorean - vocals/piano
 An artist friend, Stuart Simler, organised a sleepover at the British Museum once, he said it was the most unusual of experiences. As he walked the hollow corridors and peered into the crowded display cases his nerves were wired into the mains. He was convinced that many a mannequin was about to spring to live or old ritual totems would spill their curses and spells.

Last night's entertainment (14/3/2013) at the Rose Theatre Café held the same kind of compartmentalised joy as a trip to the Pitt Rivers Museum. The exotic collector, with suitable wild beard and explorers hat was Tim Fulker. He is an impressive musician in his own right but had converted from poacher to gamekeeper to present a new experience called Mosiac with chums at Our Friends Records.

Mosaic is a project that fuses music, dance, poetry and comedy. Even though it is set in the Rose Theatre's Café, this isn't a hastily constructed affair, with a couple of bar stools and a guitar. No, the sound is expertly produced and the space creatively fluid for all the different genres at play.

Jack Grace
It was a modest start for what was to become a raucous finale and that suited those of us who needed to recalibrate our Thursday night radars. Jack Grace played tunes from his recently released EP. Looping his own voice and accompanying guitar he created sound strata that emphasised once again the imagery of empty museums and landscapes. Both 'Remember Me' and 'Winter' were particularly haunting.

Wayne Hughes (left)
Turan Duncan (right)
Drama and Theatre took the spotlight with a fantastic performance of Harold Pinter's 1964 vignette That's Your Trouble by Moonlight Theatre's Turan Duncan and Wayne Hughes.

David Goo
In true eccentric style Tim Fulker had two monkeys leaping about between sets, known as the 'Rumpsteppers' they DJ'd from a commandeered Chippendale sideboard, juggled and generally made mischievous. In fact both Miles and Liam (Cottrell) found themselves as erotic dancers for the next act of the night, David Goo. It was a riot of noises and charisma, Goo's mouth so loud and big at one point that the audience teetered precarious on the edge of his tongue.

Liam Cottrell
Another notable act was the melancholic Jaz Delorean who was playing from the Tankus the Henge's songbook. A little fragile from the Tankus album launch the previous night he took to the stage embalmed like a chrysalis in a heavy poncho. Once de-robed he warmed his wings in the sunshine of the crowds fervour until he flew high into the Rose Theatre's ample atrium. But he was more of a Mayfly than the Butter variety because no sooner had we got the best of him his short set was over.
Jon Stone - Poetry

Jon Stone gave us several poems from a variety of publications. His work was evocative and beautiful and he stood like the birds he is inspired by. An absolute pleasure to draw, he held still like a hunting heron and spoke with clarity, his cheek bones an artist's delight.

As this was my first time and I was completely alone I sketched a young man in my eye-line who carefully corralled 3 bottled of Becks into his arms. I introduced myself and he (Sean Westwood) explained what had attracted him to Mosaic's showcase.
"I'm always stuck to my seat because of the variety of genres but never too comfortable as the performers all have a streak of unpredictability about them."

Sean Westwood
Tim Fulker has undoubtedly snared my own curiosity in his net and hopefully in the coming year my own creations will be taking to the Mosaic stage. The Murder Minutes project has been playing throughout Europe at arthouse cinemas but maybe the time has come to release it into the wild. I do not know in which category to place our combination of Artist film and improvised Jazz, hopefully it wont be the one labelled 'Pretentious'.

You can judge for yourself when you come and see it.


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