Al Fresco is Lia Mazzari, Sholto Dobie and Tom White, a group of London based artists who make music together. They perform live with acoustic instruments, amplified objects and concrete sounds - including cello, hurdy gurdy and tape manipulation. Their work, which is both improvised and collectively composed, combines dissonant materials to play with narrative and atmospheric tension, tentatively exploring the potential of slowness, repetition, mimicry and silence.
Lia Mazzari's work encompasses sound, text, and performance. She is the founder of Silver Road, a non-profit arts organisation devoted to site-specific and interdisciplinary performance and music. In her musical practice she uses cello, whip, text and other tangible objects.
Sholto Dobie is an artist and performer using loose structures and and array of instruments including home-made organs and bagpipes, and anything else that comes to hand. He founded the event series Muckle Mouth in 2014 which continues to this day.
Tom White's work traverses multi-media platforms including sound, experimental film and video, installation and live performance. He founded Apologies in Advance in October 2016 as a platform for artists presenting live works in progress.
They are named after Sholto and Lia’s performance at Tom’s night Apologies in Advance, in 2018.
photo by Jonathan Crabb