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 plays zither and piano in improvising groups and as a founding member of the Set Ensemble, a group of musicians dedicated to the performance of contemporary composition. She performs with long-term collaborators Patrick Farmer, Daniel Jones and Stephen Cornford and has also performed with musicians such as Antoine Berger, Seijiro Murayama, Angharad Davies and Jurg Frey. She has performed internationally and has participated in various festivals such as Blurred Edges in Hamburg, i and e in Dublin, Sounds Like in Canada and Cut and Splice in London. She is the co-founder of Compost and Height, curating projects such as Michael Pisaro’s Only [Harmony Series #17] New Works by Manfred Werder, Ben Owen and Patrick Farmer, and the Water Yam Project.
Petri Huurinainen is a Finnish musician and artist currently living in London. He works predominantly with live sound and guitar performances and drawings.
Charlotte Keeffe is a trumpet player. She performs with the London Improvisers Orchestra and various other ensembles as well as at music Festivals accompanying the likes of Will Young, Charlotte Church and Kate Nash. Charlotte helped John Russell establish the Mopomoso Workshop Group.
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 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).