Friday 22 March 2019, 7.30pm
“Rhodri Davies is my longest collaborator and Gwenno will weave her magic on some of our earliest recordings together.”
Delighted to present a three-day residency curated by London-based, Welsh violinist, Angharad Davies, as a result of the OTO Projects UK Artists Residency Fund. A phenomenal improviser, Angaharad has also amassed a considerable body of work within the fields of composition and performance. Her approach to sound involves attentive listening and exploring beyond the sonic confines of her instrument, her classical training and performance expectation.
This residency is one of three at OTO for UK-based artists/groups at a vital point in their creative development, thanks to the support of Jerwood Charitable Foundation.
Angharad Davies is a Welsh violinist, based in London, working with free-improvisation, compositions and performance.
Much of her work involves collaboration. She has long standing duos with Tisha Mukarji, Dominic Lash and Lina Lapelyte and plays with Apartment House, Cranc, Common Objects, Richard Dawson's band and Skogen. She has been involved in projects with Tarek Atui, Tony Conrad, Laura Cannell, Jack McNamara, Rie Nakajima, Eliane Radigue, Roberta Jean and J.G.Thirlwell.
She has released records on Absinth Records, Another Timbre, Potlatch and Confrontrecords.
Her album Ffansion | Fancies was voted in the top 12 albums for Radio 3's Late Junction.
Rhodri Davies plays harp, electric harp, live-electronics and builds wind, water and fire harp installations. His regular groups include: a duo with John Butcher, The Sealed Knot, a trio with David Toop and Lee Patterson, Common Objects, Cranc, a trio with John Tilbury and Michael Duch, SLW and Apartment House. In 2008 he collaborated with the visual artist Gustav Metzger on ‘Self-cancellation’, a large- scale audio-visual collaboration in London and Glasgow. He also performs and researches contemporary music. New pieces for harp have been composed for him by: Eliane Radigue, Christian Wolff, Ben Patterson, Alison Knowles, Michael Pisaro, Carole Finer, Mieko Shiomi, Radu Malfatti and Yasunao Tone.
Gwenno Saunders is a sound artist and songwriter from Cardiff, working in live performance, radio, studio recordings, and theatre.
Her work explores themes of language as landscape and cultural identity through songs and soundscapes. She has released two highly critically acclaimed solo albums: Y Dydd Olaf (2015) with lyrics written in Welsh and Cornish, and Le Kov (2018), which is entirely in Cornish. Y Dydd Olaf won the 2014-2015 Welsh Music Prize. Most recently she has written and produced 'Edrica' (2018) a part-improvised performance responding to hand drawn animation by Tad Davies based on the life and work of patchwork quilt artist Edrica Huws, in collaboration with violinist Angharad Davies, harpist Georgia Ruth Williams for the Wales Millennium Centre's Festival of Voice.