Rian Treanor x Ocen (Live)

Hope Works - TBA - TBA

Rian Treanor is an artist and producer based in the North of the UK.

His sound practice re-imagines the intersection of club culture, experimental art and computer music, presenting an insightful and compelling musical world of interlocking and fractured components. Drawing upon his study with Lupo at Berlin's Dubplates & Mastering, plus years spent curating the Enjoy artspace in Leeds, Treanor's sound uses off centred rhythmic arrangements, referencing the dynamics of garage and techno as much as Fluxus and Dada cut-ups. Since 2015 Treanor has focused on his solo sound works, developing musical environments for improvisations within his live performances. He has recently signed to Annex artist agency who are managing bookings for his live shows.

In 2018, Treanor left his home of Rotherham, a working class town in the North of England not far from rave nexus Sheffield, and headed to Uganda. He’d been invited to perform at Nyege Nyege festival, a mythical event that takes place on the shores of Lake Victoria in Jinja once a year. After nearly a week of almost non-stop syncopated bass, Treanor drove to the country’s capital city Kampala to produce music for a month at the Nyege Nyege’s Boutique Studio – an incubator that serves as a central hub for the record label and its many harmonic ventures.A week later, while he was performing at Hollywood, the tiny dive bar that housed the Nyege Nyege crew’s first events, Treanor began to think differently about the sound he’d been developing since 2015’s acclaimed “A Rational Tangle”. “Everyone was still beaming after the festival, full of energy and wanting it raw and fast,” he explains. Treanor had been collaborating with Acholi fiddle player Ocen James, and absorbing sounds from the other producers at the studio like Tanzania’s Jay Mitta and Sisso and Glasgow experimental duo The Modern Institute. The result was a jerky blend of hybridized footwork and singeli (Tanzania’s own lightning-fast dance sound) that clocked in at a rapid 200bpm.

We will be announcing more information about Rian's 2022 No Bounds performance soon!