Saturday 23 March 2019, 7.30pm
“Bethan Miles told me about lle celf Capel y Graig Artspace five years ago. How I then met Avi Allen, its custodian, is another story. I have a strong connection with the place and have been finding ways to be there ever since. The acoustic is phenomenal. When I play I feel as if I’m lost in a waterfall of sound. This summer I sat in silence trying to become the space. I’ve invited 4 artists to respond to my sound enquiries with the idea of bringing another space into Cafe Oto.”
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, Angharad 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. Her approach to sound involves attentive listening and exploring beyond the sonic confines of her instrument, her classical training and performance expectation. Much of her work involves collaboration. She has long-standing duos with Tisha Mukarji, Dominic Lash and Lina Lapelyte and plays with Common Objects, Cranc and Skogen. She has been involved in projects with Tarek Atui, Tony Conrad, Richard Dawson, Gwenno, Roberta Jean, Jack McNamara, Rie Nakajima, Tim Parkinson, Eliane Radigue, Georgia Ruth and J. G. Thirlwell. Most of her records are released on Another Timbre but she also has releases on Absinth Records, all that dust, Confrontrecords, Emanem, Potlatch and winds measure recordings. Her first orchestral piece was commissioned by LCMF in 2019. She is currently writing a piece for Juliet Fraser and Explore Ensemble.
Steve Beresford has been a central figure in the British and international spontaneous music scenes for over forty years, freely improvising on the piano, electronics, and other things with people like Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Han Bennink, John Zorn, and Alterations (with David Toop, Terry Day and Peter Cusack).
He has written songs, written for large and small ensembles, and scored short films, feature films, TV shows, and commercials. He was part of the editorial teams of Musics and Collusion magazines, writes about music in various contexts, and was a senior lecturer in music at the University of Westminster. With Blanca Regina, he is part of Unpredictable Series, which produces events and sound and video recordings of experimental music and art.
Steve has worked with Christian Marclay on numerous Marclay mixed media pieces. He has also worked with The Slits, Najma Akhtar, Stewart Lee, Ivor Cutler, Prince Far-I, Alan Hacker, Tania Chen, Ray Davies, Mandhira De Saram, The Flying Lizards, Zeena Parkins, The Portsmouth Sinfonia, Ilan Volkov, Rachel Musson, Vic Reeves, Lore Lixenberg and many others.
Beresford has an extensive discography as performer, arranger, free-improviser, composer and producer, and was awarded a Paul Hamlyn award for composers in 2012. In 2021, Bloomsbury published a book by Andy Hamilton: ‘Pianos, Toys, Music and Noise: Conversations with Steve Beresford’.
Samantha Rebello’s work as a filmmaker has been interested in the exploration of matter and form, oscillating between an experiential approach to the life in material substances, and a conceptual inquiry into the context they inhabit, juxtaposing the ways in which we have tried to frame the material world and form it, through language, images and objects.
She is currently involved in conducting research on the subject of the Questionable History (and Unfathomable Mystery) in the Fyctional Arte, Philosophie and Wrytings of one Quintillius Quintillian, and concerning the Forme and Substance of that which He created. In 2019 it is not impossible that she will assist the Quintillianian Society with the publication of a new translation of the manuscript Midas Rex: Et Fumorum, Et Vaporum (a satire and caustic critique of materialism, thinly disguised as some kind of fairy tale/ experimental novel).
Daniela Cascella (Italy/UK) writes through sound, literature, and art. Her work is driven by a longstanding interest in listening, reading, writing, recording. Writing in English as a second language, writing as a stranger in a language, she is drawn to unstable and uncomfortable forms of writing-as-sounding, and in the transmissions and interferences of knowledge across cultures and languages. These have informed her three books in English: Singed. Muted Voice-Transmissions, After The Fire (Equus Press, 2017), F.M.R.L. Footnotes, Mirages, Refrains and Leftovers of Writing Sound (Zer0 Books, 2015) and En Abîme: Listening, Reading, Writing. An Archival Fiction (Zer0 Books, 2012).
Stephanie McMann is a dancer from London. She works predominantly as a performer with dance artists and makers, including long-term collaborator Roberta Jean, Theo Clinkard, Julie Cunningham, Janine Harrington, Laura Dannequin, Dan Canham, Damien Jalet, Hussein Chalayan, Seke Chimutengewende, Jamila Johnson-Small and New Art Club amongst others. Stephanie’s film work includes Suspiria (2018) and World War Z (2013). She is a Sadler’s Wells Summer University artist and a performance/rehearsal director for dance, theatre and circus. She is currently establishing a movement-direction/ mentoring practice for independent dance-makers and the fashion industry. Stephanie is dancer / co-artistic director of Nora latest commission which began in Autumn 2018 with Deborah Hay.