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Electro pop & cabaret performance act employing voice, electronic sounds, a few props and occasional acoustic guitar. Imagine Theodor Adorno's "Aesthetic Theory" distilled into Chas & Dave singing an MA paper, or alternatively the FT letters page as sung by Soft Cell, and you get the general idea. Project Adorno have also written and performed a number of art-house multimedia productions including biographical interpretations of Derek Jarman, Dennis Potter and, most recently, the Brontës. These works include film, spoken samples and found sound in addition to songs and poems.

Latest Activity 2024

Parracombe Arts and Literary Festival 2024

Project Adorno are delighted to be performing two events as part of this year's inaugural Arts and Literary Festival in the picturesque village of Parracombe, North Devon.

Parra-Phrase
Thursday 23 May 2024
Time to dust down those rhymes, limericks and all things literary with this open mic performance event for poets, storytellers and other denizens from the world of words. We won’t even turn you away if you’ve got an acoustic guitar. (We’ll need a breathing space between all that poetry, after all!) Hosted by cabaret duo Project Adorno – who will give you a Paddington Bear hard stare if you overrun your allotted five minutes. Open to all and everyone welcome. We know Parracombe’s got talent – let’s show it!

Parracombe Village Hall, Church Lane, Barnstaple, EX31 4RJ
8:00pm - 11:00pm Free event
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Brontë Beat
Saturday 25 May 2024
A special live performance of Project Adorno's acclaimed multimedia show. Comprising original songs, film, ambient sounds and spoken word, Brontë Beat explores the multi-faceted world of the Brontës through an electro-pop lens – from their early dabblings in “scribblemania” to the success of their novels and the fascinating history of their all too brief lives. The piece also includes interview extracts from people connected to the literature, landscape and places associated with the Brontë story. A performance collage weaving the facts of their lives with the myths of their fiction.

Parracombe Village Hall, Church Lane, Barnstaple, EX31 4RJ
8:00pm - 9:30pm Admission: £6.50
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Parracombe Arts and Literary Festival runs from 3-27 May and includes a plethora of other events comprising walks and talks, dance and theatre, art and music. In short, there is something for everyone! Ticket prices are low, and some events are free, so don’t miss this chance to immerse yourself in our month of culture. Profits will go to good causes in the village.
The full festival programme can be accessed here

 



Queer Pop
Left-field, non-conforming, indie and odd - pop music with lyricism, melody and the occasional minor chord. Words, beats, tunes & tales featuring…

Project Adorno & Drunk Keith! 

A new concept in Queer Pop:
Leftfield electro-pop with analogue sensibilities, spoken word & performance art exploring gender fluidity, low fidelity infidelities in a celebration of non-conformity; tinged with the feel of sepia super-8 in soft-focus. 

Thurs 13th June 2024
Spacement @ The Glitch
134 Lower Marsh, London, SE1 7AE
8.30-9.30pm
£8.50 admission

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Jarman in Pieces 2024
On the 30th anniversary year of Derek Jarman's death Project Adorno will be performing a special performance of their acclaimed Jarman in Pieces show as part of Pride Month at Eastbourne library.
Filmmaker, painter, gay rights activist, author, gardener – Derek Jarman packed many roles into a short life...a performance collage comprising original songs, film & interviews with people who knew Jarman and his work.
 
“A multi-media experience with a good deal of entertaining and thought-provoking music” 
ScotsGay magazine.

Weds 19 June 2024  
Eastbourne Library
Grove Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 4TL
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
(1 hour performance, no interval)
Free event
(Booking required)

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On becoming Blousey Brown (Mar 2023) - listen online at Soundcloud
Pop songs exploring gender-fluidity as an '80s child comes of age in discovering their true identity. Written over the course of a year, the songs represent a personal journey through gender, difference, popular culture and how one wishes to present to the world. Viewed contemporaneously, from a middle-aged perspective, the songs inevitably unlock memories of a childhood that only with hindsight point to the person one might become.




Virtually - Project Adorno Album (Aug 2021) - listen online
Words and music blurring the boundaries between the real and the unreal. Explorations in make-believe, what-ifs, truths and deceptions. As analogue sensibilities fuse with digital artifice do we really know what is real anymore, and does it really matter? 


When Morten Harket Hit the High Notes - Project Adorno album (June 2020)- listen online 
A collection of songs exploiting PA's favourite themes: reminiscence, nostalgia, evocation and memory. It's very pop and very 1980s.

 



Project Adorno at Dodo Modern Poets - Virtual Gig (May 2020) 
A lock-down special featuring songs old and new as Project Adorno perform in real-time from different locations - the results are somewhat amusing.

Last updated on 11 November 2023

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