Sunday 10 March 2019, 7.30pm
Please note that doors are at 7:30pm and the programme will start at 8pm.
Taking its cue from the phrase “diffuse, embody, occupy” this special evening brings together a rare bill of works by Beatriz Ferreyra, Eliane Radigue and Alison Knowles. Beatriz Ferreyra will perform three pieces live using Café OTO’s new multi-speaker set up: Senderos Abismales, L’autre Rive ou le chant des Marecages (2017), Senderos del Olvido (1987). A trio of Angharad Davies (violin), Rhodri Davies (harp), Dominic Lash (bass) will perform acoustic from Eliane Radigue’s new Occam Delta series Occam XXI, Occam River XV, and the world premier of Occam Delta XIV, as well as the rarely performed Proposition IV (Squid) (1970) by Alison Knowles.
Throughout the evening there will be an exhibition in the project space. Holly Antrum will present a new double carousel-based, slow-metered pair of films alongside Keira Greene’s single-channel audio-visual piece, x comme x (2017). There will be specially-printed programme notes written for the evening by Louise Gray. Organised by Jo Langton and Irene Revell with funding from TECHNE AHRC.
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.
Rhodri Davies is immersed in the worlds of improvisation, musical experimentation, composition and contemporary classical performance. He plays harp, electric harp, live-electronics and builds wind, water, ice, dry ice and fire harp installations and has released six solo albums. His regular groups include: HEN OGLEDD, Cranc, Common Objects and a duo with John Butcher. He has worked with the following artists: David Sylvian, Jenny Hval, Derek Bailey, Sofia Jernberg, Lina Lapelyte, Pat Thomas, Simon H Fell and Will Gaines.
For the last ten years Davies has been closely associated with the pioneering composer Eliane Radigue performing seventeen of her pieces. She composed OCCAM I for Davies in 2011, the first in an ongoing series of solo and ensemble pieces for individual instrumentalists in which a performer’s personal performance technique and particular relationship to their instrument function as the compositional material of the piece. New pieces for solo harp have also been composed for him by: Christian Wolff, Carole Finer, Philip Corner, Phill Niblock, Ben Patterson, Alison Knowles, Mieko Shiomi and Yasunao Tone.
In 2008 he collaborated with the visual artist Gustav Metzger on ‘Self-cancellation’, a large-scale audio-visual collaboration in London and Glasgow. In 2012 he was the recipient of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Grants to Artists Award, he was a Chapter Associate Artist (2016-19) and in 2017 he received a Creative Wales Award. He is a co-organiser of the NAWR concert series in Swansea.
Beatriz Ferreyra worked at O.R.T.F. (French National Television), as a member of the Group of Musical Research (G.R.M), under the leadership of Pierre Schaeffer (1963-70). She contributed to his book « Traité des Objets Musicaux » (1966), and participated in the recording of excerpts for his « Solfège de l’Objet Sonore » (1967) (one of two assistant composers allocated for the composition of the audio files). Since 1970 she is a freelance composer. In 1975, became a member of the « Collège des Compositeurs » created by the G.M.E.B. (Group of Electroacoustic Music in Bourges). Since 1967 she has had worldwide commissions for concerts, festivals, film and TV music, theatre, video. She writes articles, gives seminars and lectures, and has received several composition prizes since 1975. In 2014 she was elected as an Honorary Member of the CIME/ICEM (International Confederation of Electroacoustic Music). Beatriz Ferreyra releases her first album of new material in a decade through Persistence of Sound in May 2020. 'Huellas Entreveradas' features three unreleased contemporary works, and is presented on vinyl and download. www.persistenceofsound.co.uk
Alison Knowles (b. 1933, New York, NY) is a visual artist whose work encompasses participatory installations, performance, sound, poetry, publications and tactile objects. Knowles graduated with an honors degree in Fine Arts from Pratt Institute in 1956, where she was was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2015. A founding member of Fluxus, Knowles began using Cagean compositional devices, such as indeterminate performance and chance operations in the early 1960s. For Something Else Press, Knowles collaborated with Marcel Duchamp on a screen reprint of his Coeurs Volants and designed and co-edited John Cage's Notations (1968), a book of visual music scores. Knowles created one of the earliest book objects, Bean Rolls (1963), a can of text and beans, beginning her more than 30-year experimentation with the sculptural potential of the book. Among her Fluxus performance scores are Make a Salad (1962), Shoes of Choice (1963), The Identical Lunch (1969), and later sound installations, like Bean Garden (1971), enacted in galleries and on radio broadcasts. In 1967, Knowles’s The House of Dust, produced with James Tenney, was among the earliest computerized >poems, winning her a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1968. She brought this work to CalArts, where she taught from 1970-1972. Recent solo exhibitions and performances include the Drawing Center, New York (2001), Tate Long Weekend, London (2008), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2009), Carnegie Museum of Art (2016) and ongoing international touring project The House of Dust by Alison Knowles (2016-18). Knowles lives and works in New York City.
Dominic Lash is an improviser and composer. A partial list of musicians he has worked with includes Antoine Beuger, Tony Conrad, Angharad Davies, Jürg Frey, Elizabeth Harnik, James Ilgenfritz, Charlotte Keeffe, Paul Lytton, Joe Morris, Evan Parker, Éliane Radigue, Mark Sanders, Roger Turner, Fay Victor, and Philipp Wachsmann. Best known as a double bass player, he's emerged as a guitarist since the 2020 lockdown, during which he "spent his time developing a very interesting and personal approach to electric guitar... Lash uses the Telecaster's basic yet unique design super-effectively; the biting, percussive nature of the instrument highlighted by the sheer power in his contrabass-trained hands" (Paul Khimasia Morgan).
Eliane Radigue’s whole composing career has centred around one instrument, the ARP synthesiser. Now in her 87th year her focus has shifted to acoustic chamber and orchestral instruments. Her music is characterised by layering and blending sustained tones in pieces sometimes as long as two hours, in which she explores the way in which tiny alterations to timbre or pitch are perceived as dramatic changes to the music’s direction. She has always paid great attention to the arrangement of loudspeakers, and thus the listener’s spatial perception of her music, seeking to ensure that each individual listener has an optimum experience of the movement of sound around the listening space.
KEIRA GREENE is an artist working across film, photography, performance and text. Her work is preoccupied with the social and organic life and landscape of specific environments. Her work is produced through a collaborative and conversational practice of looking, writing and forming enduring relationships. Recent works are concerned with ideas of the body and the experience of emotion, in dialogue with an embodied filmmaking practice. Film works by Greene are distributed by LUX, she is performance curator with Whitstable Biennale.
Holly Antrum (b. London 1983) is an artist filmmaker based in London working with the haptics of the lens in film, writing, print installation and archives. She is in the first year of a full time TECHNE-funded PhD by practice at Kingston School of Art with the BFI. Through her work on 16mm, on paper and digital mediums, she has been consistently interested in auditory encounters with creative and spontaneous language, as a texture or layer to the visual, the work of the eye within fragmentary embodied narratives. EIDOLON (2017), is a recent commission, premiered with selected works from Cinenova collection, Cinenova Now Showing: Holly Antrum, Robina Rose, Clara van Gool, The Showroom, London (2018). Solo exhibitions have accompanied her films, including Catalogue, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, Edinburgh (2016) and A Diffuse Citizen at Grand Union, Birmingham(2014). Her film Catalogue with Jennifer Pike Cobbing (funded by the Elephant Trust) was the focus of an edition of the Flat Time House / Electra curated events series Someone else can clean up this mess at Flat Time House, London (2014). Major group exhibitions in the UK include The London Open 2015, Whitechapel Gallery and internationally, In the House of Mr and Mrs X, Temporary Gallery, Cologne (2013). Studio residencies include the Acme Fire Station, Bromley-by-Bow (work/live award 2015-2020), and Grand Union, Birmingham, UK (2014). Her moving image work is distributed by LUX.org.uk