Friday 30 June 2017, 7.30pm
First duo performance at OTO for crys cole and Oren Ambarchi following the release of their second collaborative album, Hotel Record, on Ambarchi's own Black Truffle imprint. Support comes from Australian composer-performer, James Rushford and Brazilian composer-performer, Manuel Lima.
“A uniquely oneiric experience, trapped somewhere between liquid dream and visceral, waking life.” – Boomkat on Oren Ambarchi and Crys Cole's ‘Sonja Henies Vei 31’
Oren Ambarchi is a composer and multi-instrumentalist with longstanding interests in transcending conventional instrumental approaches. His work focuses mainly on the exploration of the guitar, "re-routing the instrument into a zone of alien abstraction where it’s no longer easily identifiable as itself. Instead, it’s a laboratory for extended sonic investigation". (The Wire, UK).
Oren Ambarchi's works are hesitant and tense extended songforms located in the cracks between several schools: modern electronics and processing; laminal improvisation and minimalism; hushed, pensive songwriting; the deceptive simplicity and temporal suspensions of composers such as Morton Feldman and Alvin Lucier; and the physicality of rock music, slowed down and stripped back to its bare bones, abstracted and replaced with pure signal.
crys cole is a Canadian sound artist working in composition, improvised performance and sound installation. Generating subtle and imperfect sounds through haptic gestures, she creates textural works that continuously retune the ear. Delicately seeking to both reveal, and obscure, the intricacy of seemingly mundane sounds and sources. She has exhibited and performed in Canada, Europe, Japan, Thailand, Australia, and the USA. In addition to her ongoing collaborations with James Rushford and Oren Ambarchi (AU), she has also worked with Keith Rowe, Lance Austin Olsen, Jamie Drouin, Mathieu Ruhlmann, Tetuzi Akiyama, Seiji Morimoto, Jessika Kenney, Tim Olive and many more. Her work has been published on labels Black Truffle, Penultimate Press, Touch, MeGO, caduc, Bocian, Another Timbre and Infrequency editions.
James Rushford is an Australian composer-performer, currently based in Los Angeles. His work is drawn from a familiarity with specific concrète, improvised, avant-garde and collagist languages. Currently, his work deals with the aesthetic concept of musical shadow.
As a composer, James has been commissioned by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (Glasgow), Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Neon (Oslo), Speak Percussion, Synergy Percussion, Ensemble Vortex (Geneva), Ensemble Offspring, Soundstream, The Song Company, Decibel, Melbourne International Arts Festival (2006/2008), Norway Ultima Festival (2011), Unsound Festival (New York 2014) and Liquid Architecture Festival (2010).
As a performer, he has presented work at STEIM Institute (Amsterdam), Logos Foundation (Ghent), Issue Project Room (New York), Instants Chavirés (Montreuil), Constellation (Chicago), Café Oto (London), Super Deluxe (Tokyo), Monday Evening Concerts (Los Angeles), Cave12 (Geneva), WORM (Rotterdam), Ausland (Berlin), Centre for Contemporary Art (Warsaw), Only Connect Festival (Oslo), Now Now (2011/2012), Adelaide Festival (2014), Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music (2013/2014), Melbourne International Jazz Festival (2011) and the Tectonics Festival (Adelaide 2014, New York 2015, Tel Aviv 2015). He has also performed live with the Krakow Sinfonietta, Australian Art Orchestra, Michel Pisaro, David Behrman and Jon Rose.
James has collaborative projects with Joe Talia, Golden Fur (with Samuel Dunscombe & Judith Hamann), Ora Clementi (with crys cole), Oren Ambarchi, Klaus Lang, Kassel Jaeger, Graham Lambkin, Francis Plagne, Tashi Wada, the visual artist Michael Salerno and the writer Dennis Cooper.
His music has been published by Prisma (Norway), Bocian (Poland), Penultimate Press (UK), Black Truffle (AUS) and KYE (US).
Manuel Lima is a composer-performer from Brazil. His diverse work includes lecture-performances (‘Lecture On The Love Song’), sound and light installations (‘Red-Light Piano’) and endurance performance pieces (‘The Cube’ - a ten-day work living inside a self-built structure with a piano). He also works in cross-disciplinary platforms such as theater, dance, and video.
Most recently, Manuel has developed the work ‘36 lessons’. Every day from March 1 to April 5, 2017, Lima followed the randomly generated instructions dictated to him from a Python script to create sound collages from a mixture of analogue synthesizer, cassette recorder, and found audio from YouTube videos. Each collage also incorporates an English to Portuguese translation, configuring them as ‘lessons’ inviting new meaning alongside the soundscape. His current performances develop this process where simple translations evolve within sound collages.
Manuel holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the California Institute of the Arts.