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DRAF Studio – A performance by Jay-Jay Johanson (18 May 2017)

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Thurs 18 May, 8pm (doors 7.30pm)

Free, no booking required

DRAF invites Swedish musician Jay-Jay Johanson for a one-off performance in DRAF Studio. Johanson’s performance combines an acoustic set accompanied by pianist Erik Jansson of works from his forthcoming album (to be released Sept 2017), with video projections made by the artist.

Jay-Jay Johanson (b. 1969, Sweden) is a singer-songwriter whose work over the last twenty years is characterised by his distinctive vocals.  Johanson was influenced by the 1990s Bristol trip-hop movement, and has also incorporated diverse influences including electroclash, jazz and experimental electronic influences into ten studio albums, from Whiskey (1996) to Opium (2015). His work has had particular commercial success in France, and he has also collaborated with German experimental group Funkstörung and Swedish pop band The Knife.   

For those not previously au fait with his work, Johanson melds sultry and bass groove-driven electronica to a smooth lead vocal. While this has led to him being described as “The great crooner of the electronica era”, this should not imply any lack of depth – these are gloriously creative songs.

Haydon Spenceley, CLASH, 2015.

Listen to the recently released single You’ll miss me when I’m gone from Johanson’s forthcoming album Bury the Hatchet (due Sept 2017):

The event is part of DRAF’s Spring 17 season looking at the intersections between music, sound and art; which includes performances by artist duo Emptyset (Paul Purgas and James Ginzburg) and Haroon Mirza.

Supported by the Embassy of Sweden, London and Iaspis, Stockholm.

DRAF Studio is supported by Arts Council England and DRAF Galleries Circle.

DRAF Studio is a space for live work unique in London. Over the last decade, DRAF has championed performance at the heart of its programme, and is celebrated for its work at the intersection between contemporary visual art and other disciplines (music, sound, dance, spoken word). Since 2008, notable music performances include Olof Dreijer (The Knife), Kim Gordon (with artist Rodney Graham), planningtorock, BorninFlamez, Japanese percussionist Seijiro Murayama, DJ sets by Larry Achiampong and Evan Ifekoya, improvisational saxophonist Evan Parker, electronic composer Julien Bayle, band Pumarosa and performances of works by Philip Glass, John Cage, Steve Reich and Peter Yard Martin.

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  • Jay-Jay Johanson in still from video for 'You'll miss me when I'm gone', May 2017. Courtesy the artist
    1/1Jay-Jay Johanson in still from video for 'You'll miss me when I'm gone', May 2017. Courtesy the artist