This weekend from ThursdayOctober 21 – Sunday October 24 an ambitious 4-day event titled The Sound of Distance, will activate the various spaces in and around the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) with an array of performances and installations. Curated by Jan St Werner and the HKW the event will feature two of my sound installations and two performances.
I am truly thrilled to bring two of Annea Lockwood‘s wonderful pieces to this event. Her gorgeous piece Dusk (2012) will be presented through loudspeakers outside of the HKW at dusk each day (17:55 – 18:05). I will also be presenting & performing in bayou-borne, for Pauline – a graphic score for six instrumentalists/voices based on a map of six bayou’s which converge near Houston Texas, where Pauline Oliveros grew up. Unfortunately Annea cannot be with us for the event but i am thrilled to be working with a wonderful ensemble created especially for this event which includes Oren Ambarchi, Sam Dunscombe, Werner Durand, Emilio Gordoa and Michiko Ogawa.
I will also perform alongside lovely artists David Grubbs and Andrea Belfi as part of a spatialized collaboration organized by David titled Three Simultaneous Soloists, .
So many other wonderful pieces and performances by Alvin Lucier, Diana Deutsch, Stephen O’Malley, Judith Hamann, Oren Ambarchi, Anthea Caddy and more will fill these days and I am really looking forward to it all!
I had a lovely chat with Jack Chuter at Attn:Magazine for their Crucial Listening podcast. I was invited to choose three important records to me and the conversation rolled from there! I had a great time doing it as i’m always up for gabbing about music. 🙂
Seven years may be some time to wait, but we think it has been just right.. Ora Clementi, my ongoing project with the wonderful James Rushford, has just birthed our most ambitious venture to date. Sylva Sylvarum is a sprawling opus inspired by texts and ideas relating to ‘utopias’. Stretching our legs with more polish for the shiny bits than in the past, this album was created over two months in Melbourne Australia, weaving sounds created and captured at Melbourne Electronic Sound Studios (MESS Ltd) on various synth instruments, explorations at the Healseville Sanctuary, continuous sessions at home studios, and with brilliant guest brass players Callum G’Froerer (trumpet) and Joe O’Connor (trombone).
The 2LP set, on mint green vinyl, is encased in gorgeous otherwordly landscapes by Canadian artist Sabrina Ratté (RADIANCES V1 + RADIANCES III) and released on the wonderful Black Truffle Records.
We’re so excited to have this beauty out in the world!
I am very pleased to announce my new work Other Meetings, created for the wonderful Documenting Sound series from Boomkat (UK). This work was slowly woven together throughout 2020. During the process of composing, i observed how the pieces became a way of travelling through significant places that i was missing, navigating memory and longing, and bridging them with sounds created out of the enforced inertia of the pandemic reality…
Other Meetings is available on cassette (my first!) and digitally through Boomkat here.
Last February (2020), before everything screeched to a halt, Oren and i were in the midst of a lovely tour in B.C. Canada and the USA. The second show of the tour took place in a lovely little performance space / record shop in Nanaimo B.C. called the Black Dot. This show was recorded and after mixing it here in Berlin with our dear friend Joe Talia it is now available as a limited edition LP on the Black Dot label. The release can be purchased through their bandcamp page (physical & digital) and will also be available in Europe very soon through us directly & through the lovely folks at Soundohm (pre-orders are already up).
Big thanks to Jack Tieleman & David Read at the Black Dot for their wonderful hospitality and for making this release possible!
In the mid-70’s artists Annea Lockwood & Alison Knowles published a magazine that sought to highlight the overlooked work of female artists working at the cusp of the visual arts, music, and performance. This magazine – Womens Work – featured text-based and instructional performance scores by 25 artists, composers, and choreographers.
>>> Fast Forward to 2021… Issue Project Room has developed an online series – With Womens Work – commissioning a wonderfully diverse group of female-identifying—and gender beyond female acknowledging trans-experience – artists to create new works inspired by scores included in Womens Work. I am honoured to have my work kick off this very special series! The piece premieres at 8PM EST and can be streamed on Issue’s website HERE.
My piece Valid ForeverrRrrRRrrr… (pt.1) was inspired by the wonderful graphic + text score by American composer Beth Anderson. Here are my notes on the work:
Valid ForeverrRrrRRrrr… (pt.1)
Trio for two large similar paper things and one 5-pin bowling ball.
Gazing over Beth Anderson’s wonderful graphic score of the letter R in various typefaces and sizes had me hearing the sound of rolling r’s in my head. In Anderson’s original score she asks the players to perform rolls (with a velvet beater) on classic instruments – piano/harp and membranophones. I took a different approach, in part out of necessity due to the limitations of my current situation – an extended lock-down in Berlin, with no studio and inhabiting a small 1-room flat that I share with my partner, but more particularly by looking at it from a conceptual angle and applying my usual methods of working with non-typical instruments. I adhered to the score’s call for the piece to be a trio. From there the work was born out of the evocative nature of her playful page of R’s – tongue twirling rrrrrr’s, rolling vibrations, rumbles and quiet purrrrs…
My 2014 piece titled ‘keeping the ball rolling’ is meant to be metaphorically rolling in perpetuity and recently it has felt stiflingly paused with the events of this very challenging past year. While pondering Anderson’s score, an auspicious feeling struck me that set this piece back in motion. The feeling (and sounds) of movement and momentum conjured by this meeting feels somehow reassuring at this moment in time.
Valid ForeverrRrrRRrrr… launches the series this week, and on Saturday, February 6 at 4PM (EST) I will be part of an online conversation with Annea Lockwoodand Irene Revell as a special members event. Details here.
I was invited by the wonderful folks in the Observatory band from Singapore to create a new work for their ambitious BlackKaji Radio series. This project was instigated as a way to generate activity and support artists in place of their usual live series in Singapore which has been inactive due to the Covid pandemic. The Radio series kicked off at the beginning of January 2021. My short piece ‘silently overlapping each other‘ premiered on episode 3 of their online radio series, more details and online listening can be reached here. My piece appears third on the Part 1 of this episode. I recommend checking out the whole series as it’s filled with very diverse collaborations, new works and interviews with some wonderful artists primarily based in East and South East Asia.
Full episode access can be found through their Soundcloud channel.
I am thrilled to be performing this Friday night in Lausanne Switzerland as part of the wonderful LUFF festival! On this occasion I will present my composition ‘a piece of work‘. It feels surreal and wonderful to be able to share live music with an audience once again & i hope that we can find a way to safely keep this going!
I am thrilled to be heading to Riga, Latvia for a duo performance with Oren Ambarchi on Friday, October 10 as part of the Skaņu Mežs’ Festival for Adventurous Music and Related Arts. This will be my first concert since the lockdown back in March and also my first time performing in Latvia. Very much looking forward!