Falling Sparks with Shunyata Improvisation Group and Johann Wlight

Live Music
Sat 30th April 2022 7pm £7 - £11

Venue Space, Cobalt Studios, 10-16 Boyd Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 1AP

The Venue Space is fully wheelchair accessible.
If you have any specific requirements please contact us before your visit.

Falling Sparks is an art and music project drawing on Gnostic, Zen and Secular influences to explore the belief of a hidden highest good (secular) or divine spark (Gnostic theology) within humanity, which is obscured and in need of recovery.

Johann Wlight and The Shunyata Improvisation Group (SIG) will combine Johann Wlight’s silent 1-2 hour abstract film Scarlet Cerulean with a live improvised musical performance. We will provide the means by which the audience can experience self-discovery of their personal thoughts and feelings, without need of any spiritual belief or training.

The event will provide an immersive focus to support the audience to relax, and the spaciousness of the content will allow the audience to zoom in and out of external and internal stimuli. The slow pace of the film and music is intended to slow thought processes. We expect the audience to experience the performance as a meditative retreat and emerge refreshed and relaxed.

Johann’s film Scarlet Cerulean contrasts the fullness of light with emptiness inspired by a Gnostic theology using the poem ‘Union Pacific’ by Ithell Colquhoun as an inspiration point. Ithell Colquhoun’s work, (surrealist, occultist, artist and polymath) connects to Johann Wlight’s perspectives on the liberation of self.

SIG’s signature style is quiet acoustic restrained improvisation, moving between sound texture and melodic structures inspired by Zen art principles.