Duo this weekend w/ Oren Ambarchi @ FAQ Festival in the Netherlands

This Saturday November 6 Oren and I will perform our duo at FAQ Festival in ’s- Hertogenbosch. This looks like a lovely 3-day event featuring an entire program of Eliane Radigue works and performances by Russell Haswell, Sven-Åke Johansson & Jan Jelinek, Jessica Ekomane and more. Full festival details here.

The Sound of Distance 4-day event takes over the HKW in Berlin this weekend!

This weekend from Thursday October 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 Matana Roberts and Andrea Belfi as part of a spatialized collaboration organized by David Grubbs titled Three Simultaneous Soloists, .

My sound installations keeping the ball rolling, HKW, Berlin 2021 and filling a space with salt (for one listener) 2021 will be presented inside the venue from 4PM each day of the event.

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!

Annea Lockwood – Dusk

OCT 21 – 24 @ 5:55 – 6:05 PM

filling a space with salt (for one listener) + Keeping the ball rolling, HKW Berlin

OCT 21 – 24 from 4:00 PM

Three Simultaneous Soloists w/ crys cole, David Grubbs & Andrea Belfi

OCT 22 @ 8:15 – 9:15 PM

Annea Lockwood – bayou-borne, for Pauline

OCT 23 @ 8:30 – 9:00 PM

The Sound of Distance from Haus der Kulturen der Welt on Vimeo.

Haus der Kulturen der Welt is at John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10

3 Important Albums: Crucial Listening Podcast

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. 🙂

My three pics:

Annea Lockwood – The Glass World Of Anna Lockwood
Walter Marchetti – Antibarbarus
Bernhard Günter – Univers Temporel Espoir

Click here to listen

photo by Marc Milohnic

Sylva Sylvarum, the epic second album by Ora Clementi is out today!

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!

Other Meetings, my new cassette for Boomkat’s Documenting Sound series is out TODAY!

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.

‘Gallivant’ a new live duo LP w/ Oren Ambarchi is out now!

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!

Valid ForeverrRrrRRrrr… (pt.1), A New Piece Comissioned by Issue Project Room Premieres today, Wednesday Feb 03, 2021 8PM EST

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 Lockwood and Irene Revell as a special members event. Details here.

A new piece premieres on BlackKaji Radio series in Singapore

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.