Sunday 27 August 2023, 2pm
Julia Reidy makes music for processed and acoustic instruments (mostly guitars). Their recent work can be described as a series of non-traditional song forms which combine unstable harmonic territories, rhythmic elasticity and abstract narrative over stretched and episodic forms. Their recent records include In Real Life (Black Truffle, 2019), Vanish (Editions Mego, 2020) and World in World (Black Truffle, 2022), Their newest solo record Trances is set to be released via Shelter Press in October 2023.
Notable performances in the last couple of years include Tectonics Festival (Athens, Greece), Send/Receive Festival (Winnipeg, Canada), Berlin Jazz Festival (Berlin, Germany) and Angelica Festival (Bologna, Italy). For 2023, Rewire Festival (Den Haag, NL), Stanser Musiktage (Stans, CH) End of the Road Festival (UK), as well as shows at Elbphilharmonie (Hamburg) and Jazz em Agosto Festival (Lisbon, PT) have been confirmed.
‘Properly singular material that fuses Reidy's immense knowledge of American primitive folk music with microtonal experimentalism and abstract pop vocalizing. Decidedly uncool, and all the better for it - RIYL Bill Nace, Heather Leigh or Teresa Winter.’ - Boomkat, 2022
‘… Reidy’s music always seems to be pushing against its perimeters. That makes “Vanish” a highly evocative album worth revisiting.’ - Chris Richards, the Washington Post 2020
‘Listening to “Vanish” is a visceral experience. It’s music that finds just the right balance of unbridled catharsis and restraint.’ - Vanessa Ague, the Wire 2020
‘It’s a highly unusual disruption of classic Takoma/fingerstyle with electronic drone and found sounds, at different points reminding us of everything from Hope Sandoval to late period Talk Talk, Jim O’Rourke, Tashi Wada Group and of course John Fahey, while ultimately sounding like none of them.’ - Boomkat 2019
Zara Joan Miller is a British/Iranian artist and author of poetry collection BLUE MONDAY (JOAN Publishing, 2022). She works across film, performance and print – often playing with movement and sound as a way of reimagining a body’s rhythm. Her work has recently been presented at the Barbican Centre, Horse Hospital, No.9 Cork St., Ann Arbor Film Festival, Lausanne Underground Film Festival and has appeared in Fieldnotes journal, Hotel, MAP, Another Gaze and Worms Magazine. Zara has a record with Ute Kanngießer forthcoming on Reading Group.