Thursday 2 July 2015, 6pm, OTO Project Space
On his first visit to London, as part of his European tour, the Chilean percussionist Felipe Araya Muñoz will present his solo project, CAJÓN, on which the raw materials are transformed alongside the spaces that inhabit his interventions. Felipe Araya Muñoz and Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga (zither) made music together in the Ciutadella Park in Barcelona in 2008; a special occasion for both of them that shaped the way they experience music. Several years, places and sounds later they meet again to make new music joined by the entrancing local violinist Jennifer Allum. Luciano Maggiore, a recent strong addition to the London music scene, will also present a solo on speakers and playback devices.
A unique event that aims to propagate sound beyond and below.
Felipe Araya Muñoz uses cajón horizontally, employing different objects and materials on it– some made for sound and others not- rubbing, striking, sliding, dropping, waving and exciting them on its surface. Part of the essence of the work is in the transformed raw material used such as wood, metal, polymers, etc. as well as in the spaces and places that inhabit the interventions. He coordinates the Caja Panamericana de Improvisación – CPI sessions.He has been active on drums since 1994. He is an autodidact and remains in permanent exploration taking occasional drums courses, in various groups, times and places of Chile.
Jennifer Allum is a violinist who improvises and plays experimental music. While she was a post graduate student at Goldsmiths, London in 2005 she began to attend Eddie Prevost's weekly improvisation workshops and to work with composers such as Christian Wolff, Tom Johnson, Michael Pisaro and Michael Parsons. She has three recordings available from Matchless Recordings, the latest of which is a duo cd with the cellist Ute Kanngiesser, which was recorded in Hackney's historic bell tower.
Luciano Maggiore (Palermo 1980) lives and works in London.
Active musician in the field of electroacoustic music, in recent years he has developed a strong interest in the mechanisms of sound diffusion, using speakers and several analogue and digital devices (walkmans, CD players, tape recorders) as principal instruments. His interest is focused on the architectural and psychoacoustic as well as dynamic and directional values of sound with a strong emphasis on fixed sounds.
His works are published by Balloon & Needle, Boring Machines, Consumer Waste, Hideous Replica, Palustre, Senufo editions, 1000Füssler, Triscele Registrazioni and Tulip records.
Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga (Thessaloniki, Greece) is a musician and linguist based in London. She is active in experimental and improvised music since 2006. She plays the zither, a string instrument, and uses ebows and objects on its resonance box to produce sustained or granulated sounds. Her approach focuses on the interplay between spontaneity and elaborate techniques.
Recently, Mikroton released ‘Borough’ that documents the singular meeting of ‘The Holy Quintet’ with Johnny Chang, Jamie Drouin, Dominic Lash and David Ryan.
In the last few years she has been performing mainly in and around London, while most recent shows have been in Berlin. At the moment, she is exploring multiple ways to reroute her music.