Olivia Louvel + LeCabLe (aka Paul Kendall and Daniel Dickel)
Wednesday 22 May – doors 7.30pm – music 8.00pm | £8 adv / £10 door BUY TICKETS
Fascinated by the existence of two queens ruling at the same time on a single island, within an extremely male-dominated society in the 16th century, composer and artist Olivia Louvel explores the reign of Mary Queen of Scots Vs Elizabeth I and delivers her own singular transposition: ‘Data Regina’.
Drawn to the life and writings of Mary Queen of Scots, a poet and essayist herself and one of the most read woman of her time, Olivia Louvel assembles a digital narrative through seventeen compositions capturing different palettes, tones, playing with identity within the ‘duality-duel’ relationship of the two women, two queens and cousins, who were never to meet. ‘Data Regina’ is a body of work which gathers electronic songs ‘The Antechamber’, along with a series of instrumentals, ‘The Battles’, a sonic landscape inspired by the 16th century battles on the Anglo-Scottish border.
“A multimedia suite by composer Oliva Louvel digs deep into the psychic warfare between the 16th century British Queens. (…) Between the paintings adapted from fashion magazines that inspired 2011’s Doll Divider and the reimagining of Louise Brooks’s bobbed femme fatale for 2008’s Lulu In Suspension, the iconography of femininity has been a rich source of material for the French-born, Sussex based producer and visual artist to rip apart and papier mâché back into brooding electronic pop. (…) The refined melodies of Louvel’s intimate vocals and Fiona Brice’s lyrical violin stand in fragile opposition to a backdrop, based largely around processed tambour samples, of harsh percussive rolls and looming reverberations. It evokes not only the brutality of the battles that peppered the UK in the 16th century but the sense of surveillance and paranoia that both women must have experienced. ” Abi Bliss, The Wire
‘Good Queen Bess’
‘Multiple Media: Olivia Louvel On Music, Art & 16th Century History’, DJ Pangburn, The Quietus, [online], 9 May 2017, http://thequietus.com/articles/22355-olivia-louvel-interview‘Synth Remix – Interview with Olivia Louvel’, Classical Remix, [online video], 6 November 2018, https://vimeo.com/296959992
Olivia Louvel is a composer and sound artist whose work draws on voice, computer music and digital narrative. Her largest project to date ‘Data Regina’ is a multimedia suite in which she explores the reigns of Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I, delivering her own singular transposition through an interactive digital platform and a cd publication. In November 2018, she toured throughout the UK presenting a headline audio-visual set of ‘Data Regina’ for ‘Synth Remix’, an event curated by Benjamin Tassie under Sound and Music’s Composer-Curator scheme. Her work has been supported by the Arts Council of England. In 2011, she was awarded the Qwartz Album for ‘Doll Divider’ at the Qwartz Electronic Music Awards.
LeCabLe is the collaborative project of Paul Kendall (lap steel, springs and things) and Daniel Dickel (mono synth, tapes and things).
LeCabLe is the core, taking simple sound sources amplifying and treating transforming into a shifting landscape of aleatoric
harmony and noise.
‘Elevator to L’écho-faux’