“works seamlessly blending aspects of stage, screen and sound project a vision of the future where art escapes identification and subversive humour plays a key role in our survival” – Ilia Rogatchevski, The Wire, September 2018
“Bastard Assignments are a welcome reminder of the value of risk in artistic creation” – Tim Rutherford-Johnson, Neue Zeitschrift für Musik, August 2019
Bastard Assignments are Timothy Cape, Edward Henderson, Caitlin Rowley and Josh Spear, four composer-performers making experimental music that explores performativity, movement and live art. We work collaboratively and are developing a shared creative practice. We organise performances in London and show work across the UK and internationally.
In 2019 we have performed at the Aldeburgh Festival, Spor Festival in Århus, and Konsertserien Periferien in Oslo, alongside two showcase performances of our work in London and multiple appearances on BBC Radio 3. 2018’s highlights included touring to the USA to work with Mocrep in Chicago, and recording a session for BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction with American electronica artist Swan Meat. In 2020 we return to Oslo and travel to Lithuania for Jauna Musika.
Previous years have seen Bastard Assignments perform at hcmf//, Royal Academy of Arts, LCMF, Weisslich, in Copenhagen and Århus with AUT, Frontiers Festival in Birmingham, Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival, London Topophobia, Virtually Reality in Manchester, Nonclassical and on Resonance FM. Our performances at Southbank Centre and Wellcome Collection were broadcast live on BBC Radio 3’s Hear and Now programme. Work made by our composers has also recently been performed by ensembles including Plus-Minus Ensemble, An assembly, Ensemble Garage and Decoder Ensemble at Elbfilharmonie in Hamburg.
Bastard Assignments has been featured in articles and profiles in the Guardian, the Telegraph, Neue Zeitschrift für Musik and The Wire magazine, and been reviewed in The Spectator, the Quietus and the Evening Standard.
Our work is supported by Arts Council England and PRSF. From 2017-19 we were in residence at Snape Maltings as part of the Open Space programme. In 2016 and 2018 we received British Council Artists’ International Development Grants for performances in Berlin and Munich in Germany, and Chicago in USA. Earlier projects received funding from the Sound and Music Composer Curator scheme.