Wednesday 13 March 2019, 7.30pm
C.A.N.V.A.S. is hosting a live re-enaction of its first compilation LP ‘Cipher’, released on 22nd February 2019.
Cipher is a collaborative album directed by Lugh O’Neill (as C.A.N.V.A.S. co-founder) which reconsiders the representation of music through the use of codification, visual symbols - revisiting the graphic score both retrospectively and speculatively and assessing whether its use for propagating, archiving and communicating music upholds or neglects the human element of the authorship of music.
To launch the event, C.A.N.V.A.S. have invited three new live collaborations by contributors to the record. The event will be organised into four sets : a new live collaboration between Michael Speers and Flora Yin-Wong, Ashley Paul and Olan Monk performing as a duo in extension of the creative exchange which informed their individual tracks on the Cipher record, Ben Vince performing with his invited guest (and C.A.N.V.A.S. affiliate) Jacob Samuel and Lugh (as director of Cipher) performing solo as a Café Oto debut.
C.A.N.V.A.S. is an attempt at collectivising an increasingly dispersed group of artists.
Established in London in 2014 as an event series, C.A.N.V.A.S. has grown into a network of artists operating internationally in electronic music and live performance. C.A.N.V.A.S. launched as a label in 2018 with Spring/Summer releases from its co-founders Olan Monk and Lugh, establishing a statement of intent before opening the platform up to other voices.
Past performance events include collaborations with 33-33 at ACUD MACHT NEU, Berlin in November 2017 and ‘RITUAL’ - a day of environmental sound at Coroner’s Court, London in May 2017. Live collaborators include Acolytes, Ashley Paul, Auschuss, Flora Yin Wong, Infernal Butcheress, Jacob Samuel, James K, Michael Speers, Ruth Angel Edwards, Terribilis and Xao.
Flora Yin Wong is a musician and writer from London, whose work incorporates traditional early instruments such as singing bowls, yangqin and kemence. Her debut releases include an album in 2020 on Modern Love as a gatefold 2x LP, and PAN’s mono no aware compilation, remixes and commissions for Mun Sing (Giant Swan), Circadian Rhythms, J Colleran, Scintii, Archaic Vaults, and Somerset House Studios. Her first book 'Liturgy' is published on PAN x Primary Information.
She has performed live at MUTEK in Montreal, Peru, and Argentina, New York’s ISSUE Project Room, Volksbühne Theatre Berlin, for Raster-Noton in Kyiv, The V&A Museum, and Somerset House, as well as DJed in clubs liked Berghain, Mutabor Moscow, Razzmatazz Barcelona, Paris, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Vienna, Brussels, Shanghai, Beijing, Seoul, Hong Kong, Sydney, and 3HD Festival in Berlin. She’s guested on radio platforms like NTS Live, Know Wave, Rinse FM, Cxema, BBC Radio 3 and 6, LYL, and Boiler Room.
Michael Speers is a musician from Northern Ireland, currently based in London. Feedback is the basis of most of his practice, using the limitations of himself and electronic / acoustic equipment—namely percussion, no-input mixer, sampled media, test equipment and field recordings—to depict his engagement with reality through sound phenomena. The resultant soundscape is generally dense and abrasive, focussing on texture and spatial / material resonance, which is formed live in improvised performances, installations and electronic compositional work.
Collaborating with Paul Abbott as yPLO—the duo uses real/synthetic drums/electronics towards realising a speculative drum kit. A solo record is scheduled for release in 2019 with C.A.N.V.A.S.
Ashley Paul is an American performer and composer based in London. She uses an array of instruments including saxophone, clarinet, voice, guitar, bells and percussion, mixing disparate elements to create a colorful palate of sound that works its way into her intuitive songs; free forming, introverted melodies. This blend manifests beautiful and simple musical forms against acoustic experimentation.
Ashley has performed or recorded with Phill Niblock, Rashad Becker, Nik Colk Void, Loren Connors, Heatsick, Aki Onda, C. Spencer Yeh, Anthony Coleman, Bass Clef, Joe Maneri, Joe Morris, Seijiro Murayama, Greg Kelley, Bill Nace and Eli Keszler appearing on such labels as Important, PAN, ESP-DISK’ and Tzadik. She received a Masters of Music from New England Conservatory in 2007.
Olan Monk is a musician, performer and writer from Connemara, on the west coast of Ireland, whose practice exists between experimental and popular songwriting for electronic and acoustic instruments and voice. Olan is a co-founder of C.A.N.V.A.S., alongside Lugh, as an events series and record label established in 2018 to give collective agency to an increasingly dispersed community of artists. In 2020, Olan Monk’s debut album ‘Love/Dead’ was released via C.A.N.V.A.S. as digital recordings and on a limited run of heavy-weight vinyl LPs.
Past collaborations include working live and in-studio with Actress, Ashley Paul, Elvin Brandhi, James K, Maria Somerville and Michael Speers. Past performances include appearances at the Barbican Hall and Café Oto, London; Les Abattoirs—Museum of Modern Art, Toulouse; Trans Pecos, New York; Sonic Arts Research Centre, Belfast; Le Virtigo, Casablanca; Galeria Zé Dos Bois, Lisbon; the six-month live residency ‘Corp’ at Café Au Lait, Porto and an online video performance for Burberry, London in 2020. Their new EP of songs, ’Auto Life’, is due for release in October 2021.
Musician and audiovisual artist Lugh has performed and exhibited primarily in London and Berlin, as well as in Ireland, Switzerland, Italy and Portugal. Lugh composes sonic material which navigates an eerie and evocative space formed by the overlap between what is recognisably human tangible and familiar and the aseptic sterility of the digital - the separation of which is continuously and progressively challenged.
Lugh performs as a solo act in a concert setting as well as producing audio visual work, exhibited in numerous exhibition and art fair contexts such as xCoAx Lisbon, Artgenève Geneva, Point Ephèmere Paris, Design Miami/Basel and contributing to various mixed media projects, such as Sinae Yoo’s, The Dead by Many Firsts, and the Constructive Spaces VR exhibition with Bloomberg New Contemporaries at the ICA London. Lugh also co-founded and co-hosts the C.A.N.V.A.S. - an artist group, event series and record label which attempts to collectivise despite increased dispersion.
Ben Vince makes music purely with the saxophone, creating a collage of melodies, textures and rhythms, twisted and pitched, expanding the sound palette whilst stretching the formula with improvised live sets that incorporate electronica and occasional percussionists.
Since surfacing with his second album and debut vinyl, ‘Monuments’, in April 2017 on Blank Editions (responsible for recent output of Thurston Moore, Tomaga & Housewives), Vince continues with a restless live schedule, playing solo as well as in live projects with Housewives, Data Quack (with Charles Hayward), Coby Sey, Mollusc and Rupert Clervaux.
In 2018, he will perform at Rewire Festival and other select events. Acts he has supported solo include William Basinski, Silver Apples, Pharmakon, Visible Cloaks and Keiji Haino & Charles Hayward
Jacob Samuel is a musician/multi-disciplinary artist whose work focuses on the formal qualities of expression, communication and identity pre and post machinic affectation. Re music: composition work ranging from live scoring the trial of Brett Kavanaugh to translating statistics of national birth, death, marriage and immigration to muzak in Minecraft.