Wednesday 9 May 2018, 7.30pm
“The vocal acrobatics of musician and writer Hannah Silva test the physical limits of language” – The Wire
“I’m really quite blown away by what I’m hearing of this woman’s work...” – Verity Sharp, Late Junction BBC 3
Talk in a bit is the debut record by Hannah Silva, an award-winning writer known for her innovative and virtuosic vocal performances. Made during a week of improvisation at the beautiful La Sauna Recording Studio on Lake Varese, Silva’s lyrical tapestries are woven together with the acrobatic drummery of Swiss percussionist Julian Sartorius, the electronic virtuosity of Italian composer Luca Martegani and the noise distortions of Swiss cellist Zeno Gabaglio. This short tour reunites Silva and Martegani, and adds percussionist and winner of the Suisa Foundation Jazz Prize Lionel Friedli to the mix, presenting their truly original sound, experimental yet accessible: a marriage of music and words, atmospheres and grooves, technology and grit. The result is a raw and powerful sound, where drums, vocals, electronics and cello are treated as liberated objects smashing and weaving into each other with tremendous yet elegant force, transforming the semantic tapestries of Silva’s poetry.
This special event also introduces a short duet Pluto as Silva teams up with Japanese sound poet, Tomomi Adachi, who has designed infra-red sensor jackets enabling the vocal virtuosos to collide sounds and meanings through gesture.
Pre-order Talk in a Bit: https://humankindrecords. bandcamp.com/releases
With kind support of ProHelvetia