Ryuichi Sakamoto and Laurel Halo to play St John Sessions in London

Two new dates will bookend William Basinksi’s evening at the east London church.

After a debut year that featured performances by the likes of Actress, Wolfgang Voigt and Tim Hecker, St John Sessions has announced its first three shows of 2014.

Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakakmoto, well known for his work with Yellow Magic Orchestra and his soundtrack for Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, will play at St John Church in Hackney on February 20 with Taylor. Roly Porter and Gareth Dickson will support.

William Basinki’s plan to recreate his famed Arcadia performance space will see the composer take over the church on March 20, joined by fellow New York avant-garde types Charlemagne Palestine and Rhys Chatham.

The final event takes place on June 19, co-headlined by techno-influenced experimental player Laurel Halo and two other, as yet announced names. Head to the St John Sessions website for more information and tickets. [via RA]

Hear the title track from Laurel Halo’s 2013 album Chance of Rain:



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