Monday 20 September 2021, 7.30pm
"Late Works: Preparations" is a show where 23 artists have sculpted a 'preparation' each for use in a grand piano. A group of pianists are then tasked with constructing individual performances with the adaptable unit of preparations. Performing live on the night will be Finlay Clark, Max Syedtollan & Aga Ujma on piano, with preparations made by Mathilda Bennett-Greene, Jack Bidewell, Louis Eager, Katharina Fitz, Daisy Harvey, Joe Highton, Siyi Li, Laila Majid, Angus McCrum, Faye Milburn, Amanda Moström, Tawfik Naas, Isobel Neviazsky, Ralph Parks, Hamish Pearch, Jonas Pequeno, Amba Sayal-Bennett, Tom Sewell, Gwenllian Spink, Stanley Tilyard-French, Aitor González Valencia & Oona Wilkinson.
Late Works is a nomadic series of live intermedia events and permutable collective of creative practitioners with a monthly radio show on Resonance Extra.
Founded in 2018 by artist Joseph Bradley Hill, each manifestation of Late Works is governed by a set of pre-determined rules and instructions, aimed to encourage discourse, collaboration and exchange between the artists taking part. The heavily process-based experimental shows are united by an ethos of indeterminate intermedia improvisation.
Their latest event 'Late Works: of Noise' produced a vinyl that was labelled Recordstore.co.uk's #1 Compilation of the Year 2020, featuring members of black midi, Goat Girl, 404 Guild, Sorry, Powerplant & Curl Recordings creating original tracks sampling from a set of artist-built instruments. Preparations is the newest of 6 Late Works currently in production for 2021/22.
Finlay Clark ('95, London) is an artist living in London i.e. skint. Does Still House Plants and some other stuff like with Vera Karlsson, Ailie Ormston, Ligeti Quartet and Dorit Chrysler. Doing something with Phaedra Ensemble soon too.
Max Syedtollan is an artist-composer living and working in Glasgow, with a multi-disciplinary practice spanning music, text and image. Interests include world-building, anachronism, affect, melody, improvisation, comedy and the naïve.
His pieces have been broadcast on BBC Radios 3, 4 and 6; performed in places such as Café Oto and Snape Maltings, and featured in The Quietus and The Wire. Besides composing under his own name Syedtollan produces music as ‘Horse Whisperer’ which has been featured on NTS Radio, Resonance FM and Radiophrenia.
In 2019 he was selected as one of Sound and Music’s ‘New Voices’, and released his second album of DIY chamber music on Glasgow label GLARC (supported by the Arts Council). In 2020 he made some radio plays & worked with Plus Minus Ensemble.
aga ujma is a Polish-born multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and composer living between London, Indonesia and Poland. she mixes her classical music upbringing and folk influences from Poland with traditional music studies at the Indonesian Institute of the Arts in Surakarta, Central Java and SOAS University of London.
her intimate solo performances focus on exploring and connecting Indonesian, Polish and English folk music with the accompaniment of unique Indonesian instruments. her favourite instruments are East Indonesian bamboo zither sasando, Central Javanese zither siter and metallophone gendér barung. she is an enthusiast of counterpoint techniques and harmonic experiments but she also likes to use interlocking patterns, non-Western tuning systems and vocal techniques to generate the unique sound of her songs. her first love though was piano; she signed herself up to the music school in Poland at the age of 8 and studied classical music for 12 years, after which she completed a degree in musicology and moved to Indonesia to study traditional gamelan music.
she was recently signed to Slow Dance and announced her debut EP 'songs of innocence and experience' via CLASH Magazine in 2021, which is "shaping up to be a wholly unique experience, placing her at the cutting edge of folk music in Britain" (The Line of Best Fit). she was recently commissioned to sing the theme song for the new Resident Evil Village game as well as to create a new composition and a special performance for the latest Serpentine Gallery Pavillion, which was showcased on Boiler Room.