Wednesday 9 March 2016, 8pm
Schaefer and Young join auditory forces to perform a unique suite of sketches for spaces. Analog loops and tonal textures created from a collection of new tapes recorded, cut and spliced earlier that day at Cafe OTO. Young on tapes, oscillators, contact mics, and Schaefer on radio, transmitter, soundpods, shrutibox, record player etc. Unexpected results for your aural pleasures.
Janek Schaeferwas born in England to Polish and Canadian parents in 1970. While studying Architecture at the Royal College of Art, he recorded the fragmented noises of a sound activated dictaphone travelling overnight through the Post Office. That work, titled ‘Recorded Delivery’ was made for the ‘Self Storage’ exhibition [Time Out critics choice] with Brian Eno, Laurie Anderson and Artangel. He has exhibited, lectured, and performed widely throughout Europe [Sonar, Tate Modern, ICA, Strasbourg Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art], USA/Canada, [Walker Art Center, Mutek, Princeton, XI], Japan, and Australia [Sydney Opera House]. His concerts and installations explore the spatial and architectural aspect that sound can evoke and the twisting of old and new technology. The context of each idea is central to its development and resolution, often exploring themes of appropriation, accident, & alteration.
In 2008 he won a Paul Hamlyn Award & the British Composer of the Year Award in Sonic Art. The Bluecoat Gallery in Liverpool exhibited a Retrospective of his career to date in 2009. The Agency Gallery exhibited his “Collecting Connections” show in 2013. He is a Research Fellow and Visiting Professor at Oxford Brookes Sonic Art Research Unit.
Jeremy Young is an American sonic artist and entrepreneurial strategist living and working in Montréal, Canada. His main interests as a performer lie in the analog treatment of surface-based audio (piezo mic'd objects and surfaces, manipulating reel-to-reel tape and tone via texture and voltage). He has performed and released material throughout Europe, Asia, the US, UK and Canada. In 2014, he was awarded a Media Artists' Assistance Grant by Wave Farm (NYSCA) to create 125 unique artist edition double-sided loop pieces towards developing sustainable audience engagement with the sonic arts, housing all the loops online in a freely streamable living archive and commissioning over 120 sound artists to create new work using each singular piece. Visit the project here to view the list of participating artists.
Young's main sonic project is a collaborative trio called Sontag Shogun that makes use of analog sound treatments and nostalgic solo piano compositions in harmony to depict abstract places in our memory. He also recently released his debut duo album with cellist/multi-instrumentalist Aaron Martin entitled,A Pulse Passes from Hand to Hand on Chihei Hatakeyama's label White Paddy Mountain. He also performs in a trio with pianist Shinya Sugimoto and 16mm projectionist Joel Schlemowitz as well in an improvised folk duo with Daniel Merrill called Foxout!. Young has shared the stage with artists such as Hauschka, Julia Kent, Aki Onda, Matana Roberts, Jason Lescalleet, Dead Rat Orchestra, Barn Owl, Sam Shalabi, Alexander Turnquist, Tom Carter, Noveller, Ben Vida & Mountains among many others.
Rooted in an understanding of different cultures and reaching out towards lesser known stories, Kit Wilmans Fegradoe’s work is never far from a narrative. After studying and experimenting with other forms of sound work, a deeper passion in composition was reignited. Kit is fascinated with presenting harmonious and textured sonic landscapes, allowing space for the listener to explore and play with the hope of eliciting a holistic experience of sound. His most recent album ‘Issa' delves into the lost years of Christ, and through studying various religious texts, cultures and holy sights, the album moves the listener through Issa’s experiences during his studious years with spiritual masters in the East.
Kit lives in Bristol, is a Star Trek fan and regularly enjoys a good bowl of Vietnamese Pho.