Thursday 3 November 2016, 8pm
Judy Dunaway performs avant-garde compositions and free improvisations on amplified latex balloons played as musical instruments. She is known internationally as a “virtuoso of the balloon.” She plays a variety of shapes and sizes of balloon instruments, each with it’s own special qualities, pushing the extremes of both pitch range and artistic limits. Her large rubbed “tenor” balloon gives Jimmy Hendrix’s guitar a run for the money and her giant balloon pulsates into the depths of the subaudio. Her abstract music and sounds are difficult to equate with other forms, depending upon the perception of the individual like the images seen in fire or clouds.
Lisa Busby and Gabriel Bohm Calles are currently developing collaborative sound and movement work that explores unprofessional frameworks, unheard sounds, untrained bodies; uncovering value in prosaic and overlooked gesture. Informed by their shared research interests in empowerment through the everyday and ‘availablism’, traditional club or gig experiences are deconstructed, and personal and sociocultural conventions and tropes interrogated and exploded. The 'floor scores' they will present are part of a larger project in partnership with IAC, Malmö Sweden.
Judy Dunaway has presented her works for balloons at many major venues and festivals throughout North America and Europe, including Academy of Media Arts Cologne (Cologne), Avant-Garde Schwaz Festival (Austria), Alternative Museum (NYC), Bang on a Can Festival (NYC), Everson Art Museum (Syracuse), Fylkingen (Stockholm), Frau Musica Nova Festival (Cologne), Guelph Jazz Festival (Canada), Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors (NYC), New Museum of Contemporary Art (NYC), Performance Space 122 (NYC), Podewil (Berlin), Roulette (NYC), CEAIT Festival (Los Angeles), Seltsame Musik Festival (Krems, Austria), SoHo Arts Festival (NYC), STEIM (Amsterdam) and Zentrum fuer Kunst und Medientechnologie (Karlsruhe). She has also performed on balloons with many outstanding musicians including Roscoe Mitchell, Jennifer Walshe, John Hollenbeck, Yasunao Tone, and the FLUX Quartet. CDs of her works for balloons have been released on the CRI (Composers Recordings Inc) and Innova labels, among others.
Lisa Busby is a London-based composer, vocalist, and bricoleur. She performs and composes with bands The Nomadic Female DJ Troupe, Rutger Hauser and Sleeps in Oysters, as well as working independently as a solo artist. She is particularly interested in using domestic or outdated playback media as instruments, but also works in text based score, installation and site specific performance. Throughout her work she explores the fringes of song, and how popular forms can be set in new and unusual contexts. Lisa is also Lecturer in Music at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she has designed and led courses in sampling, songwriting, music production, DIY music, and creative research. She also leads the research project Editions of You, celebrating self-releasing musicians and handmade editions.
Gabriel Bohm Calles works mainly with bodies in relation to specific environments – social, virtual and geographical – such as the work place or a social class. Inspired by his studies in the Japanese dance form butoh, he moves in the borderlands between dance and performance. The difference may appear razor thin, but by using the body as material for a conceptual investigation of experience, he attempts to bring in to focus the information discernible through its movements. Gabriel has performed and exhibited in various solo and group situations internationally including 24 Spaces at Malmö Konsthall, Five Days Of Collective Attempts at Projektraum Bethanien, Berlin and Undisclosed Territory at Studio Plesungan, Jakarta, Indonesia.