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Viridian Ensemble – 29.2.20

Live recording and a full film from Viridian Ensemble's show at OTO in February 2020. An ethereal blend of image and noise, reimagined folklore and femininity, Viridian Ensemble's performances evoke dissociative states, keening and supernaturalism. Utterances and nonsensical languages entwine collective rhythm, tone, and resonance. Using improvised sound and image (digital and analogue), the group produce a collective sound which reimagines female narratives; lacing ambiguity through feminist tropes & reaching for a punk solidarity in the classical. 

Download includes access to both audio and video. Thanks to VE for putting this together. 

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Dali de Saint Paul / vocals

Tina Hitchens / flute

Caitlin Alais Callahan / double bass

Esme Betamax / percussion

Laura Phillips / 16mm films, sound responsive projections, waterphone

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Recorded live at Cafe OTO by Shaun Crook on 29th February 2020. Mixed and mastered by James Dunn. 

Available as 320MP3, 24bit FLAC & full audiovisual MP4 file

Viridian Ensemble

Viridian Ensemble are an ethereal blend of image and noise, which re-imagines folkloric forms and tropes of femininity. Improvisation of both sound and image (digital & analogue) produce a dialogic blend of textural depths. Dissociative states, keening, and the supernatural inspirit the ensemble. Each performance evokes utterances, nonsensical languages, and trans-species forms of communication through collective rhythm, tone, and resonance. Inspired by the vanguards of feminist free improvisation such as Les Diaboliques & Feminist Improv Group, as well as 16mm expanded film, Viridian Ensemble is open to differing and divergent levels of musicianship, including those who have not improvised before. A mix of differing abilities and visual media gives rise to a polyphonic performance of serendipitous enchantments.