Blank Canvas, Village Underground (UK)

September 2007 – present

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‘Tim Exile’s orchestra mash-up was a much more complex procedure, and the live nature of the performance gave it a heightened, raw atmosphere’ Creators Project/Vice

‘An edgy evening with an experimental brief that celebrates Squarepusher every bit as much as Stravinksy’ Evening Standard

In 2007 we premiered our first commission, Gabriel Prokofiev’s Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra, featuring DJ Yoda and Heritage Orchestra, to a capacity audience at London’s Scala. The Guardian described it as ‘one of the most exciting premieres [it] had seen’ and it was here that Blank Canvas, our key strand of innovation, was born.

Six years and seventeen editions later, Blank Canvas has built a reputation amongst critics and audiences alike for its bold curatorial vision: exhibiting some of the finest names in electronic club music and contemporary classical and experimental art music through state-of-the-art commissions and with high end production values.

Coming soon: Blank Canvas 18.

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Previous Blank Canvas creators include Tim Exile, Max de Wardener, Mark Fell, Jon Hopkins, Mira Calix, Scanner, Leafcutter John and Shlomo amongst others.

The first edition of Blank Canvas took place on 20 September 2007 at the Alchemist, a nightclub in Battersea. Over the next four years it would be resident at a variety of different spaces: bars, clubs, cinemas and a converted public toilet. The sixteenth edition, in 2011, marked the start of a new partnership with Village Underground.

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