Monday 20 November 2017, 7.30pm
Austrian video artist Michaela Grill, together with Canadian filmmaker Karl Lemieux and British turntablist Philip Jeck, present a unique and improvised audio-visual performance in which image and sound, analogue and digital elements are synergistically interwoven. Support comes from the new duo of Bulgarian violinist, Bilana Voutchkova and Japanese artist, Rie Nakajima.
Philip Jeck studied visual arts at Dartington College of Arts in the 1970’s and has been creating sound with record-players since the early 80’s. He has worked with many dance and theatre companies and played with muscians/composers such as Jah Wobble, Steve Lacy, Gavin Bryars, Jaki Liebezeit, David Sylvian, Sidsel Endresen and Bernhard Lang.
He has released 11 solo albums, the most recent “Cardinal”, a double vinyl release on Touch. “Suite”, another vinyl-only release, won a Distinction at The Prix Ars Electronica, and a cassette release on The Tapeworm, “Spool”, playing only bass guitar. His CD “Sand” (2008) was 2nd in The Wire’s top 50 of the year. His largest work made with Lol Sargent, “Vinyl Requiem” was for 180 record-players, 9 slide-projectors and 2 16mm movie-projectors. It received a Time Out Performance Award. Vinyl Coda I-III, a commission from Bavarian Radio in 1999 won the Karl Sczuka Foderpreis for Radio Art.
Michaela Grill (Austria) studied in Vienna, Glasgow and London. Various film/video works, installations and live visuals, performances in Austria and abroad. Living and working in Montréal.
Karl Lemieux is a co-founder of Double Negative, a film collective based in Montréal focused on the production and screening of experimental film and has worked on several music and performance- based live projections (eg Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Hiss Tracts)
Rie Nakajima is a Japanese artist working with installations and performances that produce sound, often using a combination of kinetic devices and found objects. She has exhibited and performed widely both in the UK and overseas and has produced ‘Sculpture’ with David Toop since 2013. She also has a collaborative project ‘Dead Plants/Living Objects’ with Pierre Berthet, and recently released the CD ‘Dethick’ with Angharad Davies and Alice Purton.
Biliana Voutchkova is a thoroughly engaged composer-performer/interpreter whose work combines regular performances of major solo violin/ensemble works, new works by contemporary composers often written for her, and improvisation. Her research as a creative improviser spans the widest possible range of sound/music/movement and extends the sonic and technical capacities of her instrument evolving into the development of a highly individual musical language. Biliana lives in Berlin and appears at festivals and concert series worldwide. She works as a soloist and collaborates with the Splitter Orchestra, Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop, Ensemble Modern, Ensembles United Berlin, Mozaik, Zeitkratzer, LUX:NM and Sasha Waltz & Guests, among others. Recent/current projects include solo concerts at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, GAS, Mózg, Moving Music and Radar Festivals, Cafe Oto, the release of the solo album "Modus of Raw" and "As found" in trio, a concerts tour in the USA with Voutchkova/Thieke duo supported by the Goethe Institut, and performances for the festivals Klangwerkstatt, Documenta14, Wien Modern, Experimental Intermedia and Gent festival. Biliana received the Composition Stipend from the Berliner Senate in 2017 and grands from INM Berlin and the Trust for Mutual Understanding in New York in 2016.