Thursday 25 April 2019, 7.30pm
Textures Festival returns to OTO for two evenings of adventurous sonic practices proposing manifold approaches to experimental music in the present time.
Textures Festival's second evening presents three sets: Swiss trio u / r featuring pianist Tamriko Kordzaia, guitarist Tomas Korber and saxophonist Tobias Gerber moves between fragile musical structures and rugged sound fields. London based cellist Hannah Marshall offers her singular instrumental approach in a solo concert. Performing as a duo, sound researchers Rie Nakajima and Lee Patterson create audible worlds between quirky everyday noises and the exploration of sonic microstructures.
Supported by Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation and Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council.
Hannah Marshall is a cellist who is continuing to extract, invent, and exorcize as many sounds and emotional qualities from her instrument as she can. She has been a regular member of Alexander Hawkins’ Ensembles and has toured in Europe and South America with Luc Ex and Veryan Weston’s ensembles – SOL 6 & 12. She plays with ‘String Terrorists’ - Barrel (a trio with Violinist Alison Blunt & Violist/poet Ivor kallin). And has been invited by Fred Frith and Suichi Chino in their residencies at café Oto. She also plays with Terry Day, Tim Hodgkinson, Roger Turner, Paul May, Kay Grant, and the London Improvisers Orchestra.
Rie Nakajima is a a sculptor living in London. She has been working on creating installations and performances by responding to physical characters of spaces using combination of motorised devices and found objects. Fusing sculpture and sound, her artistic practice is open to chance and the influence of others. She has exhibited and performed worldwide. She has collaborated with Ikon Gallery(Birmingham), Museo Vostell Malpartida (Cáceres), Tate Modern (London), Serralves Museum (Porto), ShugoArts (Tokyo), Hara Museum (Tokyo) and many others. Her frequent collaborators includes David Cunningham, Keiko Yamamoto, Pierre Berthet, David Toop, Haruko Nakajima and Akira Sakata.
Through using sound recording to train his ears, Patterson has developed a dual practice that includes live performance and fixed works. By exploiting chemical and mechanical synthesis, he has created a range of amplified devices and processes that produce or uncover complex sound in unexpected places.
From rock chalk to springs, from burning nuts to aquatic life and insect chants inside plants, he eavesdrops upon and makes a novelty of playing objects and situations otherwise considered mute.
His collaborators have included Mika Vainio, Jennifer Walshe, Vanessa Rossetto, David Toop, Rhodri Davies and John Butcher, Greg Pope, Benedict Drew, Luke Fowler, Lucio Capece, Rie Nakajima, Angharad Davies, Keith Rowe, John Tilbury, Xavier Charles and Tetsuya Umeda.
His works have featured on UK television, BBC Radios 3, 4 and 6, Resonance FM and on radio stations worldwide.
He lives and works in Prestwich, Manchester, UK.
Georgian-Swiss pianist Tamriko Kordzaia became renowned in her native Georgia as an interpreter of Mozart and Haydn. After moving to Switzerland, she continued in this field, but became more and more engaged in new music, especially in the works of the younger generations of composers. She has received numerous national and international awards, including the first prize and the prize for Mozart interpretation at the International Sakai Competition in Osaka and the culture award of the City of Winterthur. She has been a member of the Mondrian Ensemble in Zurich since 2008 while constantly touring the world for concerts. She premiered pieces by Klaus Lang, Jürg Frey, David Dramm, Felix Profos, Roland Moser, Mikheil Shugliashvil and others and released CDs on Edition Wandelweiser, NEOS, WERGO, A Tree in a Field Records and Guild; In 2020 Col Legno released a CD with music by the Austrian composer Thomas Wally and on the Berlin label Tochnit Aleph the solo piece "Experience of Limits" by Antoine Chessex was published on vinyl. Since 2005 Tamriko Kordzaia is artistic director of the Georgian-Swiss festival for current music »Close Encounters«. Tamriko Kordzaia is piano professor at the Zurich University of the Arts.
Tomas Korber lives in Zurich and works as a composer, producer and improvising musician. In addition to his work as a solo artist, he has worked with numerous renowned musicians both at home and abroad. He has been involved in the production of over two dozen recordings throughout his career, has appeared at major festivals around the world and has toured Europe, the United States and Asia. Tomas Korber was awarded the Artist in Residence Scholarship (New York) of the city of Zurich and received a composition commission from Pro Helvetia.
Tobias Gerber is a founding member of the Zurich based ensemble WERKTAG. Besides his musical activities as a saxophonist he's curating the concert series for electronic music "Generator" at the Zurich University of the Arts and acts as artistic co-director of the biennial festival "Zwei Tage Strom". Furthermore he writes about contemporary music as a journalist and works as research associate at the University of Basel.