Wednesday 25 July 2018, 7.30pm
“and then a round
Of stranger witching notes was heard
As if it was a stranger bird [...]“
- John Clare, The Progress Of Rhyme (1835) [excerpt]
An international line-up of respected sound artists, vocal performers, and experimental field recordists who, for tonight's event, will explore birds and their song through live performances ranging from documentation in the field through to phonetic evocations and beyond into abstraction and the realm of the “avian speculative.”
This event is a collaboration between Helen Frosi and Sharon Gal.
EnCOUnTErs is a series of inter-disciplinary events that reside at the intersection between inter- and intra-species encounter and the sonic imagination. Events direct attention to curiosity, the speculative as well as the scientific, and to notions of multiplicity of being, experience and philosophy surveying creative and research-based practices that reference aspects of ecology, ethology and other creature-ologies, bioart and bioacoustics, sound/scape studies, zoömusicology, ethnobotany, critical plant studies, and related fields.
EnCOUnTErs is curated by Helen Frosi (SoundFjord).
Carr investigates the intersections between sound, place, and emotionality using field recordings, minimal instrumentation and film. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wire, The Quietus, Fact Magazine and BBC Radio. Her music can be found on the labels Helen Scarsdale (US), Rivertones (UK), Soft (France) 3Leaves (Hungary) Galaverna (Italy) as well as on her own label Flaming Pines. She is Australian.
Sharon Gal is an interdisciplinary artist, performer, vocalist and composer, specialising in free improvisation and participatory, collaborative compositions.
She works with voice, electronics, various instruments, field recordings, found audio & video; exploring presence, listening, embodiment, and the relationship between people, sound and space.
Sharon performs solo and in many collaborations including: David Toop, Steve Beresford, Phil Minton, Charles Hayward, Andie Brown, Yoni Silver, Sue Lynch, Blanca Regina, Anat Ben David and Lina Lapelyte.
Since 2007 she has been directing a series of large group, site specific compositions, inviting musicians and non-musicians to take part.
Past performances include The V&A, Science Museum, ICA, The Whitechapel Gallery, Tate Modern & Tate Britain, MACBA, and Colour Out Of Space, Borealis, Supernormal, Supersonic and TUSK festivals.
Sharon's music was released by many labels, including five solo albums and various collaborations.
Her new experimental work, Etudes, a collection of text & colour scores and propositions, presented as a deck of 78 cards, was published in 2021.
Lee Patterson has devised and performs with a selection of amplified devices and processes. Whether working live with amplification or recording within an environment, he has pioneered a range of methods to produce or uncover complex sound in unexpected places. From rock chalk and springs, to aquatic plants and insects, Lee eavesdrops upon and takes inspiration from places and situations otherwise considered mute.
Lee's collaborators have included some of today's most respected experimental musicians, artists and filmmakers, including Angharad Davies, Rhodri Davies, Luke Fowler, Rie Nakajima, Vanessa Rossetto, John Tilbury, David Toop, Tetsuya Umeda, Mika Vainio, Jennifer Walshe and many others. His work has featured in various exhibitions and festivals, and on UK TV, BBC Radio 3, 4 and 6, Resonance104.4 FM and on radio stations worldwide.