Sunday 25 March 2018, 7pm
OUT OF THE SHADOWS: PENNY SLINGER / RICHARD KOVITCH / PSYCHOLOGICAL STRATEGY BOARD / ADAM HAMISH HAGGERTY / DEE SADA & KOICHI YAMANOHA (live)
Really happy to have had Ambuya Stella Chiweshe join us at Cafe OTO last November. Here she shares three parts of the night - an a capella call to her homeland of Zimbabwe, a new track accompanied by her mbrira, and a slow, rhythmic version of one of her most well-loved songs, 'Chachimurenga'. Chiweshe sings with great strength, soothes with the mbira and continues to expand on tradition in new, inventive ways.
Stella Chiweshe / vocals, mbira
1. One - 7:08
2. Two - 13.01
3. Three - 27:19
Recorded live at Cafe OTO by Shaun Crook on Tuesday 28th November 2017. Mixed & mastered by James Dunn. Photo by Felipe Vasquez and artwork by Oli Barratt.
Stella Chiweshe - 28.11.17
PRAH Recordings is delighted to present an extraordinary new release from the violinist Aisha Orazbayeva, following on from recent, critically acclaimed collaborations with artist Tim Etchells (Seeping Through) and pianist Mark Knoop (for the Another Timbre label).
Best known for her performances of music by postwar modernists, here Orazbayeva returns to the classical violin repertoire and boldly re-envisages Georg Philipp Telemann’s popular solo fantasias. Through a set of deeply personal interpretations, Orazbayeva brings her trademark palette of raw, delicate and extreme textures to Telemann’s baroque polyphony. The recordings comprise six of the twelve fantasias, and were first used in a 2015 production for Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater Wuppertal dance company, "In Terms of Time" by Tim Etchells.
Telemann was a key figure in the transition between the late Baroque and early Classical periods in western music. Like his other solo works, the violin fantasias (published in 1735) are often contrapuntal, demanding a weaving together of compound melodic forms by a single performer.
While seminal works like this were at the heart of Orazbayeva’s classical training, she has since tended to work instead with contemporary composers and on experimental and improvised projects. With their deep explorations of extended technique, these activities inform the whole spectrum of her work - including her approach to older repertoire:
“Some of the techniques used on the record are often used in works by composers including Luigi Nono, Salvatore Sciarrino and Helmut Lachenmann. What inspires me the most about pieces like Lachenmann’s Toccatina, Sciarrino’s 6 Caprices and Nono’s“La Lontananza Nostalgica Utopica Futura”is the way they radically change our perception of the violin which challenges musical expectations and conventions. This change in our perception of the violin is something that has become central to my everyday practice offering me more freedom to interpret new and old repertoire as well as my own music-making.“
Aisha Orazbayeva - Telemann Fantasias CD
MAX EASTLEY/STEVE BERESFORD/PAUL BURWELL/DAVID TOOP - Whirled Music LP
Selected works from John Chantler's time at Stockholm’s Elektronmusikstudion EMS.
John Chantler / reed organ, serge synthesizer
1. ( part I ) 13:02 2. ( part II ) 08:44 3. ( part III ) 14:47
Recorded and arranged March 2016—November 2017 at EMS, Stockholm; ZKM, Karlsruhe; NOTAM, Oslo and 1703, Stockholm. Thanks to staff EMS, ZKM and NOTAM for their help and support. KM residency was supported by The Australia Council for The Arts. Elements of '( part III )' originally commissioned by Audiorama, Stockholm.
John Chantler - Logic Being The Lowest Form of Magic
This is a recording of the ten minute piece kindly commissioned by Alan F Jones for the Organ for the Senses festival held annually at the Spreckels Pavilion in San Diego using their open air organ. The music was performed by Justin Murphy-Mancini and recorded by Alan Jones. This audio is from a rehearsal performance a few days before the public premiere on 27 May 2017.
Justin Murphy-Mancini / organ
1. Move Along, Nothing To See Here - 10:14
Recorded by alan jones/laminal audio at spreckels pavilion organ, san diego, may 2017
John Chantler - Move Along, Nothing to See Here
For Don Buchla.
John Chantler / synthesiser
1. Counting to Five - 26:52
Recorded in Stockholm at EMS and Fylkingen, 2012—2017. Stereo mix. Assembled at 1703 and originally presented for eight loudspeakers at Fylkingen on 14 September 2017.
John Chantler - Counting to Five