This week I head to Saskatoon Canada for the Sounds Like Festival where i will be presenting a program that i have curated for the opening evening on October 20. This program is near & dear to my heart and it has been a long time in the making! Part one will feature a solo presentation of Becoming Oceanic, a longform piece developed through extensive research into psychedlic assisted psychotherapy sessions by musician/composer Sam Dunscombe. Part two will be a program of collaborative works centered around the collaboration of historic American artist/composer David Behrman and composer/performer Cleek Schrey. I am thrilled to bring these wonderful artists to the prairies of Canada to share their unique and beautiful work and i’m grateful to the Sounds Like team for this invitation!
I will also perform a solo concert on the second night of the festival, October 21. Full festival details are up here.
Following Saskatoon I will be joined by Oren Ambarchi for a series of Canadian shows (solo performances):
I am so pleased to have my album Other Meetings released today as a deluxe LP edition on Black Truffle Records. This album was originally commissioned for release by Boomkat UK as part of their Documenting Soundcassette series in 2021. The album was made over several months during the first year of the pandemic at a small kitchen table in our temporary (& tiny) abode in Berlin. I really enjoyed the process of creating these pieces, weaving sounds captured and created during previous travels with sounds created in our little sanctum.
The album is available via all your favorite distros & shops and directly through Black Truffle here.
Big thanks to Shlom Sviri @ Boomkat and to Oren Ambarchi!
This week i am in a micro-residency in Biel Switzerland to create an intervention performance in the wonderfully immersive 2-floor sound installation SOLO / MUTE / PAN created by Olga Kokcharova and Laurent Güdel. The exhibition at Kunsthaus Pasquart is open from 18.9.-20.11.2022.
I will be working alongside Swiss composer Annette Schmucki to create ways of coexisting, disrupting and entangling with Kokcharova & Güdel’s detailed sound composition which is diffused through an elaborate, complex and beautiful acousmonium spaning multiple rooms over two floors of the gallery. Our performance takes place on Thursday September 29 at 18:30 on the top floor.
I will travel to Turku Finland this weekend to present my work at the wonderful Himera Festival. This will be my first time performing in Finland and I am so pleased to join such a fantastic group of artists; Microtub, Charlie Morrow, Lucy Railton and John Edwards as part of this weekends program.
This Friday, August 5 I have been invited to present a multi-channel concert of ‘A Piece of Work‘ at ZiMMT in Leipzig Germany. I am looking forward to exploring the possibilities of spatial diffusion for this piece through their unique 3D Audio System (36-channels). The concert is only open to members, but membership is free. More details here.
I’m super pleased to have a new piece ‘puzzler‘ out on the great new compilation ‘Two New Lips’ on UK label Regional Bears. It’s a lovely comp comprised of voice-related pieces, featuring an array of great artists & composers including Yeast Culture, Sean McCann, Vanessa Rosetto, Derek Baron and many more. Available digitally and for the moment as a limited edition cassette release.
This weekend – Friday, June 3 – Oren and I will perform our duo at the KAOILA Festival just outside of Bilbao in Galdakao, Bizkaia (Basque Country). We are thrilled to return to Basque Country after many years to perform at this wonderful 2-day festival that features so many great musicians and friends!
This Wednesday, May 18 I will perform a solo set for Experimentik, a monthly series for new & experimental music in Berlin. I will share the bill with Léo Dupleix.
Later this week i will travel to Oslo, Norway for a solo performance on Saturday May 21 at the longstanding All Ears Festival. I am thrilled to be heading back to Oslo, as i haven’t visited & performed there since 2013!
I am thrilled to announce that ‘A Piece Of Work‘ is officially out on LP / Digital today via Berlin based label Second Editions. This piece was originally commissioned for radio broadcast in 2019 by Radiophrenia (Glasgow) and was developed further through live performances in 2019-2021 to conclude in this final version.
I would like to send a BIG thank-you to Malte Jantzen of Second Editions for his support, enthusiasm and patience(!).
The album is available at all the great distributors (EU/US/JP) and can be purchased digitally directly through my bandcamp page HERE.
‘Assembled from fragments collected in Oslo, Berlin, Vienna, Winnipeg, Melbourne and Lisbon, ‘A Piece of Work’ is far more than a travelog or audio diary. cole’s compositions develop more like poetry, resolutely refusing to intone clearly about the exactness of place, but instead representing space, feeling and the joy of investigation. There’s a collage quality to the almost 30-minute composition that flows gently from blustering concrete sounds into warbling tonal drones, subtle crackles and synthesized sputters. But cole’s less interested in hard cuts than imperceptible evolution; her elements shift like sunlight, dipping behind the clouds for a moment, diving from view with perfect, natural timing.’
On Tuesday February 15 Oren and I will present a new commission in a live to air performance for the wonderful Radiophrenia in Glasgow Scotland. The piece titled ‘1200 Hours AEST / CET‘ was developed during the first extended period that we had been separated by oceans since 2018.
The backbone of the work is built of momentary daily recordings, mapping each day that we were apart, linking us across great distances and multiple time zones. From Berlin to Australia (Sydney & Melbourne) thirty-one seconds were captured every day at midday for thirty-one days.
The live performance of the piece draws an additional metaphor for this period of separation and reuniting; we will each play a different sustained tone – one beginning at a higher pitch and the other from a lower pitch, and gradually sweep these tones towards the other until we conclude by meeting at the same destination tone.
The live component of this piece is an homage to the late Alvin Lucier, whose presence, work and ideas we are forever grateful.
Details about our performance & the rest of this fantastic program here.