Thursday 16 January 2020, 7.30pm

Photo by Annie Feng

LOWER LITHS – Kelly Jayne Jones with Space Afrika + Gabrielle Gagnon-Fréchet + Dan Valentine & Guillaume Dujat

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The evening is curated by KJJ and promises to be an immersive non-linear experience, she has developed a sample pack of her sounds, including sounds recorded from the lithophones based in the John Ruskin Museum, that she is sharing with amazing artists, friends and collaborators to work with in their own unique way. The evening will be a journey into abstracted, deconstructed sound worlds, melded collaborations and quantum fictions. Please bring comfortable clothing, cushions, mats to sit/lie on.

This event was made possible by the commission of this new work by Kelly Jayne Jones 'Lower Liths of Cybele in Obsidian' from Full of Noises Festival Barrow and funded by Arts Council England.

Kelly Jayne Jones

Kelly Jayne Jones is a Manchester based artist making work that combines performance, installation and sound. She is mostly self taught and began working in DIY experimental noise music and her practice has expanded to include dance, gesture, sonic drawings, stone sculpture and film scores.

She is interested in creating a multi-sensory experience that creates possible conditions for communication and exchange. Creating contemporary zones bordering quantum fictions, where communion may have the potential to explore our inner dimensions. She is currently exploring animist ideas around the breath and spirit of mountains and rivers and how we can reconnect with our planet by means of ancient and modern rituals. Her work traverses the emotions of desire and anxiety, the comfortable and uncomfortable edges of our inner spaces and social co-existence. She is interested in presence and performance as a site for potential transformation; interpersonally and communally.

KJJ has collaborations with Hannah Ellul (White Death), Greta Buitkute (Clout then Grappling), Dan Valentine from Rainer VeilandHaris Epaminonda. She was one half of the grouppart wild horses mane on both sides,which disbanded in 2016. She has performed across Europe in DIY venues and has been commissioned for works with projects at dOCUMENTA13, Tate Modern, ICA London and CCA Glasgow, Le Plateau Paris, Borealis Festival & Kunsthalle Bergen Norway, Tectonics contemporary music festival, Hangar Bicocca gallery Milan, Sheffield Site Gallery, the Whitworth Manchester and the Huddersfield contemporary music festival (hcmf//2019). Recently she had a collaborative work with Haris Epaminonda,Chimera, shown at 58th Venice Biennale 2019, Haris won the Silver Lion for best young participant for this film. Nominated for Tetley Jerwood solo exhibition Nov 2020.

Upcoming commissions with CoMA, Bristol New Music, TUSK festival  and a residency at Bidston Observatory in Liverpool.

Space Afrika

With their slow-stepping, spacious urban dubscapes, Space Afrika harness ambient, Detroit techno and shades of early nineties Sheffield with a fresh and open approach to composition — this is dub techno stripped-down, sealed in a time capsule and sent back from the near future. Driving, echo-laden deep beats form the bed for a heavily subaquatic sound palette with undercurrents of cybernetic dread.

Friends for almost 2 decades, the two Joshuas formed Space Afrika after years of listening to music together, sequestered by harsh Northern winters. Heavily inspired by the industrial architecture of Northwest England and notions of travel, their sonic framework evokes images of rust and disintegrating concrete, and sensations of movement and redemption — exuding a distorted analogue soul offering escape into their overcast skies. Closely associated with Brighton/London label, Where to Now?, who slink along a vintage axis of post-punk, On-U Sound, minimal and no wave influences, Space Afrika's diverse and creative radio shows (notably their residencies on NTS and Reform Radio) also display a breadth of curiosities in experimental and avant-garde music, old and new.

Gabrielle Gagnon-Fréchet

Head of Liberation Through Hearing, Gabrielle Gaf is a passionate sound selector with shows running every month on Montréal based radio and Manchester’s Reform radio. For many years working backstage as a journalist, event organizer and part of MUTEK festival’s communication team, she is more and more attracted by the power of the performance, allying a background in contemporary dance with poetry and sound collages.

Dan Valentine

One half of the duo Rainer Veil, Dan Valentine is a Manchester based music producer with a recent release on Modern Love records.

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Guillaume Dujat

Guillaume Dujat (b.1993) is a French sound artist & electroacoustic composer based in the UK (Manchester). He is currently doing his PhD at the NOVARS sound research centre (University of Manchester). Guillaume's work is based on extracting the musical & spacial gestures from field recordings, using these to inform multichannel compositions. His work includes site-specific commissions for the Manchester Central Library (Wakes Week 2015), Peoples History Museum (Manchester After Hours 2016) and an 1 week installation in John Rylands reading room exploring 'hidden' sounds of the space (Manchester Science Festival 2017).