A rare show from the legendary Sonic Youth member's Guitar Ensemble. 


Hastings based composer James Blackshaw is highly regarded for his pieces for solo 12-string and 6-string guitar. Inspired by the 60’s Takoma school of guitarists, minimalist composers and European classical music, Blackshaw employs fingerpicking techniques to create drones, overtones and repeating patterns, alongside a strong inclination for melody, to create instrumental music that is both hypnotic and emotional.

Blackshaw has released ten solo studio albums on labels such as Young God, Important and Tompkins Square, receiving praise from publications such as Pitchfork, Billboard, The Wire, The Observer, The Times, Uncut, The New York Times, Rolling Stone and Acoustic Guitar Magazine.

Blackshaw has collaborated with Lubomyr Melnyk, performed and recorded as a member of Current 93 for several years and performed across Europe, the US and Japan, alongside artists such as Swans, Grails, Sir Richard Bishop, Jose Gonzales, Peter Walker, Michael Chapman, Alex De Grassi, Hauschka and Yann Tiersen. 

This is his first live performance since announcing a hiatus in 2016.


Ashley Paul is an American multi-instrumentalist / composer based in London. Her intuitive process integrates free form song structures with a focused approach to sound.

Her solo albums have received critical acclaim; featured in The Wire: Top 50 Albums of 2013, Pitchfork’s “The Out Door” best experimental sounds of 2013, number one on Byron Coley and Thurston Moore’s “Tongue Top Ten” in Arthur Magazine, and included on NPR’s All Songs Considered “Best of 2010”.

Ashley has performed the World and US premieres of Phill Niblock’s Asheli, a piece composed specifically for her and Eli Keszler and performed live with Niblock. She performed the US premiere of Mauricio Kagel’s Der Schall at Merkin Concert Hall (NYC) and premiered Anthony Coleman’s quartet Damaged by Sunlight at Banlieues Bleues Festival (Paris). Ashley’s composition “The Pace of Time” premiered at Roundhouse (London), August 2013, and was performed with Nik Colk Void and Simon Fisher Turner. She was selected as the featured artist for Counterflows Festival, 2017 where her quintet “Lost in Shadows” was premiered.

Ashley received a residency at ISSUE Project Room in 2008 and a Fellowship Grant in composition from the Rhode Island State Council of the Arts, 2010. Ashley is currently an Associate Lecturer at Goldsmiths University, London attached to the Contemporary Music and Popular Music Research Units. She has performed and/ or recorded with Thurston Moore, Rashad Becker, Loren Connors, Rhys Chatham, Charles Hayward, Lucy Railton, Aki Onda, Greg Kelley, George Russell, Joe Maneri, Joe Morris and Eric Chenaux. Ashley received her BM and MM from New England Conservatory.

The show is part of Transistor: a weekend adventure in sound. Check out Wire at EartH on 1 June. 

Thurston Moore Guitar Ensemble / James Blackshaw / Ashley Paul

31 May 2019


11-17 Stoke Newington Rd, Stoke Newington
N16 8BH



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