‘We are an orchestra.
We sometimes play music written by living humans.
We think basements have great acoustics.
We clap when we want.’
So say Basement Orchestra, a great ensemble who will be bringing their subterannean stomp to Book Slam (F)East this Saturday… Read on for their sage words on Zappa, posh pubs and noodles…
If you could play anywhere, where would your fantasy place be? It’s a tie between Studio 54 c.1975, and the entrance to Mordor.
Favorite piece to play by someone dead? And someone living? Dead is easy – Frank Zappa’s Yellow Shark Suite. And from the world of the living the dream would have to be George Benjamin’s ‘At First Light’.
How long have you been playing together? Were just coming up to our first birthday, so were pretty nouveau in the grand orchestral landscape.
For this (F)east of epic proportions Book Slam are bringing together Will Self, Piff the Magic Dragon and of course yourselves. If you summarize Will Self in a sound what would it be? And Piff? Piff definitely evokes the statuesque melodies of Borodin’s Polovetsian Dances. Will has more of the sensory deprivation chamber about him.
Have you got any secret favorite spots in Hackney?
It’s not a big secret, but we do like to reward ourselves with a well-chosen pint at the Marksman after a hard day’s rehearsing. It’s right near to another interesting haunt, 259 Hackney Road, a lovely little independent wine shop. We’re classy like that.