Thursday 31 March 2016, 8pm
Slip are back at OTO with an evening of expanded song. Laurie Tompkins and Susie Whaites perform Tim Parkinson’s gloriously monotonous Songs; German and Swedish musicians Andreas Dzialocha and Marta Forsberg bring drones both nocturnal and ecstatic to the UK for the first time; and masterful American performer/composer Ashley Paul makes a special guest appearance.
Ashley Paul is an American performer and composer based in London. She uses an array of instruments including saxophone, clarinet, voice, guitar, bells and percussion, mixing disparate elements to create a colorful palate of sound that works its way into her intuitive songs; free forming, introverted melodies. This blend manifests beautiful and simple musical forms against acoustic experimentation.
Ashley has performed or recorded with Phill Niblock, Rashad Becker, Nik Colk Void, Loren Connors, Heatsick, Aki Onda, C. Spencer Yeh, Anthony Coleman, Bass Clef, Joe Maneri, Joe Morris, Seijiro Murayama, Greg Kelley, Bill Nace and Eli Keszler appearing on such labels as Important, PAN, ESP-DISK’ and Tzadik. She received a Masters of Music from New England Conservatory in 2007.
Andreas Dzialocha (DE) is an electric bass player, programmer and composer, founder of the Serenus Zeitblom Oktett. Studies art history, musicology, computer science. Writes environments with and without computers for instrumentalists, theater and sound installations. Performs in various ensembles between free improvised music, chamber music and pop. Bass player of the swedish group Tula (Telegram / Warner), publisher of the BLATT 3000 paper platform for contemporary music. Solo Electric Bass Album Release 2015 on Slip Imprint (London / Berlin). Cofounder of the selfcurated festival VERANTWORTUNG 3000 summer 2016. Young artist award 2012, nominated by the Moers Festival. Lives and works in Berlin.
Marta Forsberg is currently a bachelor student in Electroacoustic composition at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. She a violinist and electroacoustic composer working in the field of free improvisation and slow, drone based music. She aspires to create an all embracing environment for the music, performers and the audience by visualising sound with colour and light constructions.
Tim Parkinson (b.1973) consistently pursues an independent path, seeking to engage with whatever it means today to be a functioning composer in the world. His music has been labelled as "reconstructing music from the ground up", and "sounding like nothing else".
His music is mostly performed by a dedicated community of friends and musicians, but he has also written for various groups and ensembles including Plus Minus, Apartment House, [rout], Incidental Music, Dedalus, Edges, Basel Sinfonietta, London Sinfonietta; and for various instrumentalists including Stephen Altoft, Angharad Davies, Rhodri Davies, Julia Eckhardt, Tanja Masanti, Andrew Sparling, Craig Shepard, Silvia Tarozzi, Philip Thomas, Stefan Thut, Deborah Walker. His music has been performed in UK, Europe, USA, Armenia, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Broadcasts of music have been on BBC Radio 3, Resonance FM, WDR Köln, Schweizer Radio SRF2, NTS, WFMU.
Time With People, an opera, (2012-13) has received performances in London and Huddersfield (2014-15 by Edges), Los Angeles (2015 by Southland Ensemble); Chicago, Oberlin, Ohio and Beloit (2017 by a.pe.ri.od.ic, with set design by Parsons & Charlesworth); Cardiff (2016 by Good News From The Future); New York (2017 by Object Collection); Ghent (2018 by G.A.M.E.); La Chaux-de-Fonds (2018 French language version, translated by Louis d'Heudieres, performed by Nouvel Ensemble Contemporain); Helsinki (2019 multilingual version, at Tulkinnanvaraista); Basel (2020 in French as above, performed again by NEC).
Creative Fellowship at the Samuel Beckett Research Centre 2018-19, resulted in string quartet 2019 enclosed in a box.
He has performed at Tate Modern, Barbican, Cafe Oto, Union Chapel; and at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Tectonics, Borealis, Frontiers, Roadburn, Donaufestival, All Tomorrows Parties, Audiograft, Edinburgh Fringe, Musica Nova, Cut & Splice, Sonorités, RDV de l'Erdre; and with Object Collection, Skögen, Apartment House, Set Ensemble, Incidental Music, Q-02, J.G. Thirlwell, Phill Niblock, Matteo Fargion, Lee Patterson, Angharad Davies, Rhodri Davies, Jürg Frey, Michael Pisaro, Michael Parsons, Gavin Bryars, Joshua Rifkin, Tom Johnson, and Christian Wolff, amongst others. Since 2003 has been regularly performing with composer James Saunders in the lo-fi electronics, auxiliary instrument and any-sound-producing-means duo Parkinson Saunders.
He has organised many public concerts to promote the presence, wealth and variety of present day music exploration, one thread of which is the concert series, Music We'd Like to Hear, co-curated with John Lely and Markus Trunk annually in London since 2005.