Thursday 5 May 2016, 8pm
Levi studied sarangi under the guidance of Annapurna Devi and Ali Akbar Khan. Levi & Jeffery interpret the perennial tradition of Indian raga - informed by the deep dream of the 20th century & the visionary ensembles of the mid century: The Floating Lotus Magic Opera Company (Daniel Moore) & The Theatre of Eternal Music (La Monte Young & Marian Zazeela).
“Considering the journey she’s been on through her time on this mortal coil – both literally (in miles) and metaphorically/metaphysically – Louise Landes Levi has managed to retain a remarkable degree of anonymity. In the late 60s she travelled solo through Istanbul to India, studying North Indian music and poetry and has published several translations including one of the work of Mira, a 16th Century Indian singer-saint, plus several volumes of her own poetry and biographical writings. A contemporary of and collaborator with Ira Cohen, Angus MacLise, Terry Riley and others, a founder member of Daniel Moore’s Floating Lotus Magic Opera Company (America’s first fusion orchestra) and previously a student of both La Monte Young and Ali Akbar Khan, Louise’s discography seems rather minimal in the light of her rich, experiential travels. She plays the sarangi in a beautifully serene, meditative style and it was Richard Dawson who first brought her album From The Ming Oracle to our attention, her only vinyl release to date and one that quickly had our minds submitting involuntarily.” – Tusk Festival
Angharad Davies is a violinist, one at ease in both improvising and composition, with a wide discography as part of varied range of ensembles and groups. She’s a specialist in the art of ‘preparing’ her violin, adding objects or materials to it to extend its sound making properties. Her sensitivity to the sonic possibilities of musical situations and attentiveness to their shape and direction make her one of contemporary music’s most fascinating figures. 2015 has seen her being commissioned for a new work for “ solo violin and 4 bass amps” at the Counterflows Festival, Glasgow which was subsequently performed at the El Nicho Festival, Mexico and Supersonics, Birmingham. She also premiered Eliane Radigue’s new solo for violin, Occam XXII in Mexico.
Bassist Dominic Lash is based in Bristol and has performed with musicians such as Tony Conrad (in duo and quartet formations), Joe Morris (trio and quartet), Evan Parker (duo, quartet and large ensemble) and the late Steve Reid. His main projects include The Dominic Lash Quartet, The Set Ensemble (an experimental music group focused on the work of the Wandelweiser collective) and The Convergence Quartet.
William Rees is a composer and multi-instrumentalist currently based in London. Having spent six years studying Hindustani classical music in India, as well as being classically trained on the viola, Rees has a keen understanding of both Eastern and Western classical music. Rees’ music is an esoteric blend of his disparate influences, ranging from Indian and Persian classical music, to modern composition and free improvisation. He released a cassette of solo viola compositions on Night Ritual Recordings in 2013, entitled A Burial Shroud. His most recent release was a split cassette under the Curling Hands moniker for Skell Records.
“Chilled, resonating strings ebb and flow in a swarm of distant beauty. Imagine Bad Seed/Dirty Three Warren Ellis playing a noise showcase in a familiar basement and you’re mostly there. It’s a moving piece of gritted transcendence.” – Secret Decoder