Friday 22 November 2019, 7.30pm

Musics and Other Living Creatures: Wolf ecologies: Keira Greene, Ute Kanngiesser, Vasco Alves, Rui Leal, Michael Speers, Seymour Wright, and Paul Abbott

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Keira Greene, Ute Kanngiesser, Vasco Alves, Rui Leal, Micael Speers, Seymour Wright, and Paul Abbott explore 'wolf ecologies' with moving image, bagpipes, cello, drums, saxophone, and bass.

Keira Greene will show a film in the making, a speculative fiction about the primal relationship of humans and wolves.

Ute Kanngiesser (cello) performs 'wolf notes'.

yPLO (Paul Abbott and Michael Speers, imaginary drums) are joined by Rui Leal (bass) to develop an imaginary 'trap' for this event.

Seymour Wright (alto saxophone) and Vasco Alves (bagpipes) perform for the first time as a duo.

Music and Other Living Creatures is a series at Cafe OTO (curated by OTO Projects) dedicated to music about, with, or by other living creatures. Birds, tigers, chickens, insects and many other living creatures are explored through sound-walks, listening sessions, commissioned performances, live responses and discussions. 

Keira Greene

KEIRA GREENE is an artist working across film, photography, performance and text. Her work is preoccupied with the social and organic life and landscape of specific environments. Her work is produced through a collaborative and conversational practice of looking, writing and forming enduring relationships. Recent works are concerned with ideas of the body and the experience of emotion, in dialogue with an embodied filmmaking practice. Film works by Greene are distributed by LUX, she is performance curator with Whitstable Biennale. 

Keira Greene

Ute Kanngiesser

Ute Kanngiesser is a London based cellist and composer from Germany. Over the years, she has carefully deconstructed her classical roots and almost exclusively performs unscripted, improvised music. Much of her work has evolved in relationship with other art forms such as film, poetry, dance, and site specific performance.
Cafe Oto has been her musical home since its beginnings and where she has collaborated with a wide spectrum of local and visiting artists. She has also performed at Whitstable Biennale, The Serpentine Gallery, Tate Modern, the V&A and international festivals.
www.utekanngiesser.net

Michael Speers

Michael Speers (b. 1992) is a musician from Northern Ireland.
Working with natural & synthetic sound material—using drums, computer, microphones, feedback—in composition, performance and installation.
Collaborating with Paul Abbott as yPLO—using real & imaginary drums. With Luciano Maggiore, making music contemplating the kernel of black metal.
Other collaborators include John Wall, Louise Le Du, Olan Monk, Niklas Adam, Lee Fraser and Seijiro Murayama.
Recordings published by Anòmia, Party Perfect!, Krim Kram, Takuroku, C.A.N.V.A.S., Wasted Capital Since 2013 and Feedback Moves.

https://michaelspeers.net/

Seymour Wright

Seymour Wright is a saxophonist. His work is about the creative, situated friction of learning, ideas, people and the saxophone – music, history and technique ­– actual and potential.

Seymour's solo music is documented on three widely-acclaimed collections - Seymour Wright of Derby (2008), Seymour Writes Back (2015) and Is This Right? (2017).

Current projects include: @xcrswx with Crystabel Riley; abaria with Ute Kanngiesser; [Ahmed] with Antonin Gerbal, Joel Grip and Pat Thomas; GUO with Daniel Blumberg; XT with Paul Abbott; The Creaking Breeze Ensemble; a trans-atlantic duet with Andy Guthrie, and, with Jean-luc Guionnet a project addressing an imaginary lacunae in Aby Warburg's Atlas Mnemosyne.

www.seymourwright.com

@xcrswx

Photo by Crystabel Riley

Paul Abbott

Paul Abbott is a musician and drummer. He plays with real and imaginary drums, synthetic sounds, performance and writing.

Recent and ongoing collaborations include: XT with Seymour Wright; XT+Pat Thomas; XT+Anne GillisX Ray Hex TetF.R.David, very good* & Rosmarie with Will Holder; film sound for Keira GreeneRian Treanor Duo; RP Boo Trio with XT; The Creaking Breeze Ensemble with Nathaniel Mackey; yPLO with Micheal Speers and performances with Cara Tolmie.

Paul has performed at venues and festivals internationally. He was a co-founder and co-editor of Cesura//Acceso journal for music, politics and poetics, and SAM resident artist at Cafe OTO 2015. In 2022 he completed a PhD at the University of Edinburgh under the supervision of Florian Hecker and Nikki Moran. He is currently undertaking research at Royal Conservatoire/Academy Fine Arts Antwerp.

Recent releases include: solos NsularDuctus; XT+Pat Thomas “Akisakila” / Attitudes of Preparation (Mountains, Oceans, Trees); XT Deorlaf XPalina’Tufa; Creaking Breeze Ensemble & Nathaniel Mackey Fugitive EquationF.R.David very good*; RP Boo Trio 31.12.18.

Vasco Alves

Vasco Alves' work investigates the materiality of sound and aspects of acoustical phenomena through the use of unstable electronic and acoustic processes, which may include synthesis and amplification techniques, bagpipes and customised wind instruments.

Used sometimes concurrently but also individually, these processes of an often highly volatile nature tend to rely on minimal physical and compositional means.

With his bagpipes (Gaita de Fole in Portuguese) the focus lies in disrupting the airflow, exploiting the physical limits of the instrument and the interaction between its acoustic output and electronically generated audio (or other instruments). Aiming towards a musical experience that explores repetition, improvisation, psychoacoustics and its spatial impact.

Plays terrace bagpipes for Clube de Futebol "Os Belenenses".

1/3 of VA AA LR with Louie Rice and Adam Asnan.
1/2 of OndaXoque with Pedro Rufino.
Organiser of portaaaa.com.

Born in Lisbon, 1985.

https://vascoalves.info/