Dec 11th King’s Place, London -Bas Jan and Contemporary Harp music

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Serafina Steer harp music

Programme to include:

Richard Barratt tendril (for harp and electronics)

Britten Suite for harp

Dodgson Fantasy
MM Steer Grovelly Wood
Rhodri Davies Aqcua Alta

Songs by the performer


Bas Jan

Serafina Steer bass guitar, keyboards, vocals

Sarah Anderson violin, OP1, vocals

Jenny Moore drums, vocals

The hitherto independent worlds of contemporary harp music and experimental kraut-pop will collide – or at least bump eachother – in this concert of two halves by harpist/songwriter Serafina Steer and her new band Bas Jan.

After a few years of mainly only using the harp for her own writings, Steer went on a roadtrip around Eastern Europe busking, discovering and rediscovering pieces along the way. The result of this experience will form the first half of the programme.

Meanwhile, Bas Jan were born. Bas Jan are Steer’s latest collaborative project with sound artist Sarah Anderson and performance visual artist Jenny Moore. Their first gig was to 6,000 people Brixton Academy and since then they have gone on to entertain smaller and smaller audiences. Minimally arranged songs by Steer about the Essex coast, the Anglo Saxons, sex, part-time work, love of course. They have supported Xylouris White (ATP) and The Decemberists (Rough Trade).

Steer’s last album The Moths Are Real came out in 2012 on Stolen Recordings. It was produced by Jarvis Cocker and was Rough Trade’s album of the month.

Line Of Best Fit – premiere ‘Sat Nav’ come on christmas number 1

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AcH here it is.

By Jessica Goodman.

Combining luscious harmonies, searing solos, and stuttering syths, Bas Jan‘s debut single could just as easily fit in with any of the past three decades as it does with this one.

Part driving folk, part haunting piano ballad, part dance pop, and part rock goddess slide solo, “Sat Nav” should, for all intents and purposes, be a car crash. But in the hands of Serafina Steer, Sarah Anderson, and Jenny Moore, the venture is entirely enchanting.

Echoing vocals paint a very real picture of passing surroundings, carried on the pace of bubbling keys and toe tapping rhythms. One by one the elements take complete control, but never once overpower, showing different facets and capabilites of the whole.

“Sat Nav” might not reveal Bas Jan’s intended destination, but when their first steps included a show in front of 6000 people, it certainly shows they’re bound towards bolder and brighter things.

“Sat Nav” is released via Whipped Cream Records on 11 December.

11th Dec Serafina Steer and Bas Jan at King’s Place on sale now

I am very pleased to announce my first harp recital in about a million years. I shall be performing music by Rhodri Davies, Richard Abbott, my father Michael Maxwell Steer, Benjamin Britten and Stephen Dodgson and then (costume change) Bas Jan will take the stage for the second half. Should be a good night. please book early tickets so it’s not so expensive (£9.50 if you get in early otherwise a ferocious £12.50)

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