Saturday 26 October 2019, 7.30pm
Resofest is a three day fundraising festival for Resonance FM, "the best radio station in London" (The Guardian). The mind-boggling, anti-algorithmic, international all-star line-up includes the multiple award-winning Eliza Carthy MBE, Professor Nicolas Collins (Handmade Electronic Music), a spanking new collaboration by Atsuko Kamura (Polka Dot Fire Brigade) and Yumi Hara (Lindsay Cooper Songbook), universally acclaimed string duo Fran & Flora, and the first UK solo performance by the legendary Anthony Moore (Slapp Happy/Henry Cow). Plus a host of other world class performers offering a smorgasbord of radical sound and performance. Full details tbc. All proceeds go to support Resonance (London Musicians' Collective, registered charity 290236).
Describing herself simply as a "modern English musician", Eliza Carthy is one of the most recognisable faces in British folk. Launching head-on into the scene in the early 90s, she quickly became one of its great innovators. Born into a formidable musical dynasty, Eliza grew up steeped in the folk traditions of England. Her mother Norma was one of The Watersons, whose tight harmony arrangements of traditional songs became one of the defining sounds of the 1960s folk revival. Her father, Martin Carthy, is a hugely significant singer and guitarist, who influenced the likes of Bob Dylan and Paul Simon. As a youngster Eliza was profoundly inspired by the incredible range of traditional and contemporary musicians who were part of the Waterson/Carthy world. But far from being a copyist, Eliza began from an early age to develop her own, unique approach to traditional music. This was at least partly because of her own vastly eclectic tastes: she is knowledgeable about and interested in musical traditions from all over the world, which continue to fuel her creativity to this day. She’s worked with a wide variety of musicians, ranging beyond folks to include the likes of Van Dyke Parks, Kate Tempest and Bill Frisell. This year she released a new solo album, 'Restitute', to raise funds for her Wayward Band with guests including Martin Carthy, Jon Boden, Dave DeLarre, Ben Somers and Ben Seal; and, with Norma Waterson and The Gift Band, this summer’s 'Anchor' on Topic Records. Eliza has been nominated twice for the Mercury Prize, won a Paul Hamlyn Award for Artists, has received eight BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and was awarded an MBE for services to Folk Music. Vice President of the English Folk Dance and Song Society, she has also been an Ambassador for Resonance FM since its inception.
MELTAOT are an improvised noise duo with artist/musician/broadcaster Sharon Gal and artist/writer/musician Edwin Pouncey aka SavX. They met through Resonance 104.4FM and presented the weekly live show Diggers from 2002 until 2010. As MELTAOT they have released a cassette, titled First and Second Rites, for the Tapeworm label in 2009, and the live Souls On Board LP that was recorded at Café OTO and released on the Ash International label in 2010. MELTAOT use voice, guitars, percussion, electronics and field recordings as their materials.
This performance will celebrate the launch of their new digital release, Ritual Music.
New York born and raised, Nicolas Collins spent most of the 1990s in Europe, where he was Visiting Artistic Director of Stichting STEIM (Amsterdam), and a DAAD composer-in-residence in Berlin. He has been a Professor in the Department of Sound at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago since 1999, and a Research Fellow at the Orpheus Institute (Ghent) since 2016. From 1997 - 2017 he was Editor-in-Chief of the Leonardo Music Journal. An early adopter of microcomputers for live performance, Collins also makes use of homemade electronic circuitry and conventional acoustic instruments. His book, Handmade Electronic Music – The Art of Hardware Hacking (Routledge), has influenced emerging electronic music worldwide.
Milo Thesiger-Meacham (b.1997) is an artist working with both sound and visuals. He recently exhibited in Nurri, Sardinia, where he was artist-in-residence as part of this summer’s Su Bixinau, showing Entry Wound, a project about bullet holes, and performing It’s a Fly Not a Wasp, a solo electro-magnetic work for guitar pickup and two toothbrushes. His recent Fight! at Iklectik Arts Lab, London, comprised an amplified armed combat between two gladiator re- enactors. He is currently collaborating with a shooting club on a new audio/visual project, and as a researcher and writer he is studying the sound of cicadas in human history. For Resofest, he presents Roadkill, a new work about physical exertion and accident, consisting of handheld film footage, a narrated account of a road injury and a musical motif composed on a harmonium.