Exploring the Immersive Sonic through Deep Listening
Wednesday 2 November 2022 | Doors: 8pm | Start: 8:30pm
Our outdoor Kiosk is open from 5pm.
Tickets: £9.50 Advance / £12 OTD https://link.dice.fm/B4aabaf2e3ef
The performers will explore Paulin Oliveros’ ‘deep listening’ ideas and concepts by creating an immersive layered-based soundscape enhanced by the Amoenus system. The 90 minute continuous piece will utilise a special version of Bill Thompson’s ‘Gates’ for the structured improvisation.
Consciousness was very important to Oliveros, for her it “is awareness of stimuli and reactions in the moment. Consciousness is acting with awareness, presence and memory. What is learned is retained and retrievable. Information, knowledge of events, feelings and experiences can be brought forward from the past to the present. In this way one has self-recognition.”
Oliveros also differentiates between hearing and listening. For her hearing “is the physical means that enables perception.” Whereas to listen “is to give attention to what is perceived both acoustically and psychologically. Listening is active. It allows age, experience, expectation and expertise to influence perception.”
The concert will explore ‘deep listening’ with layered-based improvised music. The performers will create a site-specific, electro-acoustic music, where experience, expectation, awareness, presence and memory will interact to create an audio/visual immersive experience of the moment.
Kate Carr – objects, and field recordings
Marjolaine Charbin – piano, objects, contact mics, voice
Phil Durrant – amplified objects, dulcimer stick & electronics
Rob Flint – live sound and image
Paula Garcia-Stone – field recordings & processing
Lucie Štěpánková – objects, natural materials, field recordings & electronics
Bill Thompson – Moog guitar, live electronics & composer of ‘Gates’
Jackie Walduck – vibraphone & electronics
Mark Wastell – tam tam & metal percussion
Carr has been investigating the intersections between sound, place, and emotionality both as an artist and a curator since 2010. During this time she has ventured from tiny fishing villages in northern Iceland, explored the flooded banks of the Seine in a nuclear power plant town, recorded wildlife in South Africa, and in the wetlands of southern Mexico. She works across composition, installation and live performance and runs the sound art label Flaming Pines. Recent commissions include: New compositional work for the Coventry Biennial, BBC Radio 3, and a live performance for Listening to Place at the Barbican, a short film for Yarmonics Festival, as well as the ACE-funded installations Under Construction, TACO Gallery and Ascending composition No 1 for Air Matters, Waterman’s Gallery.
Marjolaine Charbin plays piano with an ever-mutating mix of keyboard technique and various inside-piano techniques using hands, objects, voice and contact microphones. Her sound sometimes evokes electronic music. Recent collaborations include Eddie Prevost, Jennifer Allum, Ute Kanngiesser, Angharad Davies, Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga, Dominic Lash, Ed Lukas and Ken Ikeda. Marjolaine is currently supported by Arts Council England to develop her practice. She is focusing on developing her language for solo performance.
Born near London in 1957, Phil Durrant is a multi-instrumentalist improviser/composer/sound artist who currently performs solo and group concerts. As a violinist (and member of the Butcher/Russell/Durrant trio), he was one of the key exponents of the “group voice approach” style of improvised music. In the late 90s, his trio with Radu Malfatti and Thomas Lehn represented a shift to a more “reductionist” approach. Durrant performs regularly with the acoustic/electronic group Trio Sowari (with Bertrand Denzler and Burkhard Beins) and Mark Wastell’s The SEEN as well as the international electronic ensemble MIMEO with Keith Rowe, Kaff Matthews, Thomas Lehn a.o. With Mark Wastell, Steve Beresford and David Toop, he is currently performing in an audio/visual project celebrating the work of the artist Alan Davie.
Rob Flint is an artist whose practice explores immersive sensory experience. His work is often collaborative, showing in diverse contexts as installation, performance, screening and live streaming in galleries and in music venues. He has made live image projections with sonic artists including Steve Beresford, Charles Hayward, Christophe Charles, Gert-Jan Prins, The High Llamas, and Phil Durrant, with whom he toured in electronic improvising band Ticklish.He experiments with analogue and digital sound and video, playing with pattern, feedback, shader coding and tools like Isadora and Max, to engage light and sound spatially, and exploring how visual information can meaningfully modulate sonic experience across time.
Anglo-Hispanic visual and sound artist from a long tradition of Fine Art practice. I now divide my creative output between soundscape composition and my visual works, which are small whereas sound can occupy a physically large space. With a focus on the human presence, even in its absence, through sound and experience, I explore aspects of being in a particular space, situation and/or state of mind. For me improvisation also plays a role in making fixed composition. I have played my own Film’Sound works with improvisor musicians – Sue Lynch, Richard Sanderson and Charlotte Keeffe and I have an ongoing collaboration with Saxophonist Sue Lynch. For this occasion I am using field recordings from my larder of sounds which I process through software on my iPad.
Bill Thompson is a sound artist and composer. He performs regularly as a soloist as well as in a number of groups including The Seen, zerøspace, and Airfield (with Ian Spink), and duos with Phil Durrant, Phil Maguire, Richard Sanderson and Yoni Silver. Past collaborations include performances with Keith Rowe, Faust, EXAUDI and others. Although originally trained as a guitarist, Thompson has worked with live electronics for the better part of 15 years. In recent years he has returned to guitar using one built by Moog combining it with electronics with miscellaneous table top devices, found objects, flashing lights, and the occasional vibrator. He has earned numerous awards and commissions including the PRS for New Music ATOM award, the GAVAA visual arts award, a PRS for New Music Three Festival commission, the 2010 Aberdeen Visual Arts Award, and was nominated for the Paul Hamlyn Award.
Lucie Stepankova (aka Avsluta)
Lucie dedicates her creative practice to object-oriented improvisation, live performance, interactive installation, curation and DJing. Lucie co-creates with objects and natural materials, field recordings, electronics and digital processing to embody speculative narratives via sound-making. The general aim is to encourage audiences to engage in listening as an active-creative practice, reconnect with and manifest emotions, and forge a sense of interspecies solidarity and environmental responsibility.
Jackie Walduck is a composer and vibraphone player, whose work explores the meeting points between composition and improvisation, and their impact on ensemble performance. She has performed across the UK, Europe and in the Middle East.
Currently, Jackie co-directs Ethereal World with flautist Rowland Sutherland. Both a band and a club night, ‘Ethereal World’ presents improvised music from some of the UK’s most exciting players drawn from contemporary classical, free improvisation and cross cultural jazz. Her composition Sensing Nature was performed by Jackie’s ensemble ‘Tactile’, which brings together blind, VI and sighted musicians, and explores tactile composition and non-visual communication in music.
Mark Wastell is a versatile improvising musician who has played a central role in the British improvised music scene for over a quarter of a century.
He has performed and recorded extensively and his varied resume includes projects with Derek Bailey, Phil Durrant, John Butcher, Lasse Marhaug, Rhodri Davies, Simon H. Fell, Burkhard Beins, John Tilbury, Mattin, Mark Sanders, Tony Conrad, Evan Parker, Tim Barnes, Bernhard Günter, Keith Rowe, John Zorn, Peter Kowald, Joachim Nordwall, Otomo Yoshihide, Paul Dunmall, David Toop, Alan Wilkinson, Max Eastley, Hugh Davies, Julie Tippetts, Alan Skidmore, Mike Cooper, Chris Abrahams, Stewart Lee, Clive Bell, Arild Andersen, Jan Bang, Maggie Nicols, Thurston Moore and David Sylvian.
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