22–23 February 2018
Two evenings of performances of text based scores by Antoine Beuger and Emmanuelle Waeckerlé, realised by Antoine Beuger, John Eyles, Sarah Hughes, Petri Huurinainen, Charlotte Keefe, Will Montgomery, Artur Vidal and Emmanuelle Waeckerlé.
“Speak// if you can” brings together a composer, a writer and several interpreters of text scores. The evenings will explore the points of transformation and translation between text and sound. Antoine Beuger, a founder member of the Wandelweiser collective, has a long established interest in the crossovers between text scores and literary and philosophical texts. Earlier this year, his label released an acoustic rendering of The Story of O, as re-composed by UK-based interdisciplinary artist Emmanuelle Waeckerlé. Taking the work of Waeckerlé and Beuger as a starting point, the two evenings will present new configurations of voice and musical sound, building on George Oppen’s injunction: “Speak// if you can”.
Curated by Will Montgomery and Emmanuelle Waeckerlé with support from the Royal Holloway Poetics Research Centre; the Humanities and Arts Research Institute, Royal Holloway; and the University of the Creative Arts research fund.
Antoine Beuger founded edition wandelweiser with Burkhard Schlothauer in 1992 and has been managing director since 2004. In 1994 he started his now widely known concert series KLANGRAUM (Düsseldorf). Beuger’s music has been performed worldwide, and he has received several international prizes.
John Eyles has played alto saxophone since the early eighties when he bought a second-hand instrument from a music shop in Kilburn High Road. He has been a member of Eddie Prevost's workshop since 2010 and was a founder member of the Mopomoso Workshop.
Sarah Hughes is an artist, composer and performer, producing work that explores the boundaries of interdisciplinary practice, often moving between sculpture, installation, composition and music. Her work has been exhibited and performed internationally, including at South London Gallery, Cass Sculpture Foundation, Supplement, London; and V22. As a performer Hughes has played at various venues including the Musée des Beaux Arts de Nantes; The Wulf, Los Angeles; Cafe Oto, London; Parasol Unit, London; Holywell Music Hall, Oxford, and with a number of musicians including Angharad Davies, Tim Parkinson, Jürg Frey, Michael Pisaro, Antoine Beuger, Patrick Farmer, Stephen Cornford, Ryoko Akama, David Stent, and Dominic Lash. Realisations of her compositions have been published by Another Timbre Records, Suppedaneum, Consumer Waste Records and Reductive Music.
Petri Huurinainen is a Finnish musician and artist currently living in London. He works predominantly with live sound, guitar performances and drawings. His limited edition 12" vinyl record Exile Nothing came out in 2016 and is available from Roughtrade.
Trumpeter/Flugelhorn player Charlotte Keeffe plays regularly in the London Improvisers Orchestra and and has shared Concert bills/performed alongside the likes of John Edwards, Henry Lowther, Steve Noble, John Butcher, Steve Beresford and Mark Sanders. Charlotte performs as a Soloist and as part of her Trio, Space Painters, with Guitarists - Joe Smith Sands and Diego Sampieri. She has a Duo with Trumpeter Kim Macari Stone-Lonergan and is part of Discus Music’s Martin Archer's Hi-Res Art Quintet and Anthropology Ensemble. eature Martin Archer on sax, Dave Kane on bass, Laura Cole on piano, Graham Clark on violin and Peter Fairclough on drums, Corey Mwamba on vibraphone, Chris Sharkey on guitar and Pat Thomas on keys and electronics. She has assisted Guitarist John Russell with establishing the Mopomoso Workshop Group/MoWo.
Will Montgomery's audio work has appeared on the nonvisualobjects, Entr’acte, Winds Measure, Every Contact without a Trace, Organised Music from Thessaloniki and Cathnor labels. His most recent CD is a realisation of a score written for him by Ryoka Akama, released on the Suppedaneum label. He teaches contemporary poetry and poetics at Royal Holloway, University of London.
Artur Vidal is a Spanish-born saxophone player and sound artist who grew up in Paris and currently resides in London. As such, he has performed in Europe, Asia and America. His work is interested in the possibilities of improvisation as well as in its implications within the social field. As an active member of the improvised music scene, he has been playing and recording with musicians who include Eddie Prévost, Phil Durrant, Jennifer Allum, Roger Turner and Sébastien Branche, with whom he makes up the improvising saxophone duo ‘Relentless’. He has currently completed an MA in Sound Arts and started in 2013 an Mphil/PhD research at London College of Communication about the notions of silence and sociality in Improvised Music.
Emmanuelle Waeckerlé is a London based interdisciplinary artist, writer and performer. She is one third of Bouche Bée improvising trio on the edges of Language, with Petri Huurinainen (guitar) and John Eyles (saxophone) and belong to MoWo (Mopomoso workshop group). She is a Reader in photography and relational practices at University for the Creative Art in Farnham. Recent publications include Ode (owed) to O (edition wandelweiser records, 2017), RISE WITH YOUR CLASS NOT FROM IT ( bookRoom press, 2016) Reading (story of) O (uniformbooks, 2015), Code X - paper, pixel, ink and screen (bookRoom press, 2015).