In 2016 Oren Ambarchi and I were in a 2-week residency at EMS Stockholm. During this time we completed our LP Hotel Record and created a new work in collaboration with the one and only Leif Elggren (SW). As long-time admirer’s of Leif’s work, spending those days together in Stockholm developing this piece while sharing many meals and strolling around historic Stockholm, was such a treat.
We are so pleased to have the fruits of this collaboration out on LP care of the one-of-a-kind Antwerp based label Ultra Eczema. Huge thanks to Dennis Tyfus for the support and enthusiasm!
“The only thing Australia, Canada and Sweden have in common is taking in an abstract position in a vague situation! In July 2016, a strong arctic wind blew open the windows that separate the mean streets of Stockholm from the city’s legendary EMS Studios. Oren Ambarchi, crys cole and Leif Elggren were the only folks present in the studio at that point; not much could be done besides making the best out of a bad situation.
Ambarchi burned the studio carpet to stay warm; cole made a tower of stones to hide behind; and Elggren, with ice-cold resolve, tried using a microphone to connect with his fellow Elgaland-Vargaland citizens but to no avail. This music sounds like paper, crumbled old candy, and a lot of dust. It sounds like some weather.”
‘Certainly’ is a limited to 300 copies and is available directly through Ultra Eczema here. Available soon in finer record stores and distros.
This Saturday, August 25 Winnipeg based visual artist Kristin Nelson will present a special event titled
Sydney Sidney at the Sidney Community Centre in Sidney Manitoba. This project features sounds of the Sydney Opera House curtains (made by Nelson on a residency in Australia in 2015) as interpreted in 10 new audio compositions by: Andrea Roberts (MB), Casey Mecija (ON), Christine Fellows (MB), crys cole (MB), Gail Priest (AU), hannah_g (MB), Judith Rice (ON), Kelly Ruth (AB), Süss (MB) and Roger White (QC) with live ‘curtain piano’ by Dallas Nedotiafko. My contribution, Curtain Call, will premiere at this one-time listening event. Full details on the event are available here.
Two Words is the debut release of my collaboration with Australian musician Francis Plagne, out now on Black Truffle Records. This LP is a conceptual work that developed through our live collaborations and extensive conversations around merging things that seemingly do not ‘fit’ together. I’m so pleased with how this came together and feel very grateful to have this special piece out in the world! Big thanks to Francis, Joe Talia & Oren Ambarchi (Black Truffle). The album features words by Marty Hiatt (AU/DE) and a stunning cover painting – Poptones (2015) – by Australian painter Anne Wallace.
Album is available worldwide now through various shops & distros as well as directly through Kompakt.
Excerpts from the album:
Some fabulous reviews already out for the LP:
On July 20 + 21 there will be a special 2-day event at Issue Project Room in Brooklyn, NY observing the legacy of late 60s-early 70s experimental music collective the Sonic Arts Union and its founding members: David Behrman, Alvin Lucier, Gordon Mumma, and the late Robert Ashley (1930-2014). Several important works by each composer will be performed with all of the living composers present at the events and in some cases performing in the works. The Friday evening’s program features later era works and premiere’s of new compositions (1993 – 2018), while the Saturday evening focuses on earlier works by the composers (1962 – 1969) as well as presentations of contemporary works from friends, colleagues, and invited guests who have been inspired by their approach.
I will perform twice on the Saturday night program, first in a performance of David Behrman‘s Runthrough (1967-68) alongside David Behrman & Cleek Schrey and then in a short performance with Oren Ambarchi referencing material from our 2017 LP Hotel Record.
It’s an absolute honour to be a part of this phenomenal event celebrating four composers whom i have long admired. Full program details and tickets are available through the Issue Project Room site here.
This weekend Oren and i will head to Ghent, Belgium to perform our duo at De Koer. This concert will also be a debut LP launch for local artist Red Brut (Marijn Verbiesens) and is presented by the lovely folks at KRAAK. Concert is Saturday, May 26 at 20:00 – details here.
This week I am heading to Marseille, France for what should be a lovely evening of solo’s and a duo with wonderful Spanish composer/performer Clara de Asís. The event takes place on Wednesday, May 16 at Zoème as part of the Ernestine Series.
Full event details can be found here.
Next weekend, May 12 – 13 James Rushford and i (Ora Clementi) will perform at a wonderful 2-day festival FOCUS presented by Ina-GRM in Paris. We are thrilled and honoured to present our work at this very special 2-day event alongside an incredible program of artists; Ellen Arkbro (SW), Stíne Janvin (NO), David Rosenboom (US), Pierre Henry (FR), Eliane Radigue (FR) and Bernard Parmegiani (FR).
Our performance takes place on the evening of Saturday May 12 at le Centquatre-Paris .