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The Town Hall with Nicolas-Tyrell Scott:
Swindle
Institute of Contemporary Arts
Photo of Swindle, a black man, wearing a white hoodie under a denim jacket, sitting against a blue photo background

The Town Hall invites radical purveyors of art for a conversation – to discuss their art, journey and process. Through a dialogue-first approach and pivoting toward London’s unique musical cultures, the series provides commentary on being a multidisciplinary artist in these spaces, unpacking the current artistic, political and cultural moment(s) across London, but also Britain at large.

Hosted by cultural journalist and speaker Nicolas-Tyrell Scott, The Town Hall looks to show artists in their most intimate form provoking intrigue, dialogue and perspective acting as a conduit of conversation amongst the ICA’s contemporary music programming and allowing attendees to share their voices also.

The South London producer, multi-instrumentalist and composer Swindle has spent the past 15 years championing what he calls the ‘left of centre’. His musical community is scattered through genres and scenes that he has helped bring from the underground into mainstream conversation, thanks to distinctive collaborations that have produced four of his own albums and several other records with the likes of Ghetts, Kojey Radical, Celeste, D Double E and Joel Culpepper. More than just Swindle’s community, his collaborators form the continuum of great Black British music he is a key part of carrying the legacy for. He is currently producing a work-in-progress instrumental record, a cross-genre theme song for the Ivor Novello awards ceremony and a full score for writer Candice Carty-Williams’ eight-part Netflix and BBC series Champion. Plus, Swindle has plans for a continuation of his notoriously energetic electronic and acoustic hybrid live shows to mark the tenth anniversary of his proclaimed debut album Long Live the Jazz in June.
Nicolas-Tyrell Scott is a London-based music and cultural journalist with his work printed and published in Pitchfork, GQ, The Face, Huck, Dazed, Red Bull, Audiomack, Apple Music, PAPER, Complex, OkayPlayer, Crack, and wider titles. Studying politics and international relations at the University of Kent, he intersects his analysis in a sociopolitical hue, bridging the gap between what’s happening in the world and how cultural and musical happenings shape or reflect that. Nicolas-Tyrell has an informed view on music, which spans hip-hop to R&B, to emergent genres like drill, future-sounds and afro-swing, always sure to tie lineages to each before framing their futures. His experience spans from profiles and reporting to features and op eds. As a former columnist at HYPEBEAST, he acted as a cultural tastemaker, establishing underground acts across the UK for the title.
 
06:30 pm
Wed, 28 Jun 2023
Nash and Brandon Rooms

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