Tuesday 10 September 2019, 7.30pm
What is the mass of sound? How much space does it occupy?
Without matter there is no sound, but sound is not the matter that carries it.
Sound Matter brings together four unique performers.
The concert presents various perspectives and instrumentations, focusing on different materials for music and sound creation; exploring improvisation and highlighting collaboration as a process of offering and sharing.
Andie Brown / glass, electronics
Sharon Gal / voice, electronics, piano, objects
Luigi Marino / zarb, bowed cymbals, electronics
Mark Wastell / tam-tam, gongs, cymbals, objects
Andie Brown is a musician, artist, maker and researcher who began her music career as a bass player during her teens. In 2007 Andie began performing and recording as a solo artist under the name These Feathers Have Plumes. Over the last decade, Andie has been experimenting with glass and electronics, creating what she has termed an “augmented glass harp”. Andie has performed extensively including at Colour Out of Space and Full of Noises Festivals and at venues such as Cafe OTO, Union Chapel and the De La Warr Pavilion. She has also taken part in ensemble works with Part Wild Horses Mane on Both Sides at Tate Britain and at White Cube Gallery for Christian Marclay conducted by Steve Beresford. Elsewhere, Andie has enjoyed collaborating with a diverse range of artists including Sophie Cooper, Joincey, Kelly Jayne Jones, Dale Cornish and Phil Julian but most often with artist and vocalist Sharon Gal. Since 2016 Andie has also been working with sound installation and film; in 2017, Andie was nominated for the PRSF Oram Awards and began a practiced based PhD at the University of Huddersfield. Andie is also a co-Director at Yorkshire Sound Women Network. https://andiebrownsound.com/
Sharon Gal is an interdisciplinary artist, performer, vocalist, free improviser and composer. Her work explores presence, listening, embodiment, and the relationship between people, sound and space. She performs solo and in collaborations with David Toop, Steve Beresford, Phil Minton, Yoni Silver, Charles Hayward, Lina Lapelyte, Andie Brown and Blanca Regina.
Sharon directs site specific, participatory group compositions: L’esprit D’escalier for Voices in a staircase, Toy Orchestra & Room to Breathe with children/adults, Long Drone for mixed ensembles, Gals with Guitars with female players, Sound Out for M/Any Voices and Feel the Noise for guitars & micro amps.
Sharon is a co-founder of Resonance 104.4 FM arts radio. Her music was released by various labels; The Tapeworm, American Tapes, Ash International, A Silent Place Records, Chocolate Monk, Emanem Records, Ecstatic Yod , Paradigm Records , My Dance the Skull and Wild Silence, with 2 solo releases in 2018, Delicious Fish (Fractal Meat Cuts Label) and The Garden of Earthly Delights (Visible Near Midnight Recordings).
She performed in the UK & internationally including: The V&A, Science Museum, ICA, The Whitechapel Gallery, Arnolfini Gallery, Tate Modern & Tate Britain, MACBA and Colour Out of Space, Borealis and Supernormal festivals. http://www.sharon-gal.com/
Mark Wastell has been active as a musician since 1995, making his initial concerts with the trio IST featuring Rhodri Davies and Simon H. Fell. He has performed and recorded extensively and has collaborated with the likes of Derek Bailey, John Butcher, Evan Parker, Lasse Marhaug, John Tilbury, Mattin, Mark Sanders, Tony Conrad, Tim Barnes, Bernhard Günter, Keith Rowe, John Zorn, Peter Kowald, Joachim Nordwall, Otomo Yoshihide, Burkhard Beins, Paul Dunmall, David Toop, Alan Wilkinson, Max Eastley, Hugh Davies, Julie Tippetts and David Sylvian. Mark also runs the Confront Recordings record label.
Luigi Marino is a musician based in London. His recent work has focused on interactive networks able to display relationships between an extemporary performer-driven source and a computer, with particular attention to how intuitive decisions can profoundly affect pre-existing conditions. He is also an active improvisor performing on both electronic media and percussion, especially zarb and bowed custom cymbals.
He holds a BA in arts and philosophy from University of Rome Tor Vergata, and an MFA in electronic music from Mills College, where he worked as teaching assistant for John Bischoff and Chris Brown. Among his teachers Roscoe Mitchell, John Bischoff, Chris Brown, James Fei, William Winant. He studied zarb with Mohssen Kasirossafar. He is currently pursuing a joint PhD at University of Birmingham and De Montfort University.
His music has been presented at festivals such as the San Francisco Tape Music Festival, Intonal Festival (Malmö), Seoul International Computer Music Festival, Acousmatic for the People (Malmö), BEAST FEaST (Birmingham), ICMC (Athens), Sincronie (Milan). He perfrormed at venues such as Rainforest World Music Festival (Kuching, Malaysia), Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna (Rome), Auditorium Parco Della Musica (Rome), Cafe Oto (London), Iklectik (London), Sacred Realism (Berlin), Spektrum (Berlin), Sowieso (Berlin), IEM (Graz), Offene Ohren (Munich), Interpenetration (Graz), Rhiz (Vienna), WIM (Zurich), ImprovvisaMente (Lodi), Teatro Ca' Foscari (Venice), Spazio O' (Milan).