Three Fragments, November EP Launch – Phaedra Ensemble
Saturday 12 February 2022 | 8pm [7:30pm doors]
Tickets: £10 adv / £12 OTD https://buytickets.at/iklectik/639875
Sonic portraits created in collaboration with Bishi Bhattacharya, Mira Calix and Love Ssega and performed live by Phaedra Ensemble
Phaedra Ensemble’s latest release explores how constant content creation has become central to artistic existence.
he was she was (2008) by Jennifer Walshe
Sirens (2006) by Howard Skempton
Thor Sleeps (2004) by Alwynne Pritchard
Hildegardstraße/Bundesallee (2019) by Joanna Bailie
Venus/Zohreh (2018) by Shiva Feshareki
Three Fragments, November
by Phaedra Ensemble (Phillip Granell and Jamie Hamilton)
with audio diaries and recordings by Bishi Bhattacharya, Mira Calix and Love Ssega
During November 2021, Phaedra Ensemble asked October House Records artists Mira Calix, Love Ssega and Bishi Bhattacharya to take sonic snapshots of their lives – capturing moments on their phones, curating audio fragments, recording voice memos, and journaling their thoughts and musical processes. Phaedra have taken these fragments and woven music through them, adding their own distinct sound, creating three unique collaborative compositions.
Alongside the performance of these new works the programme will also feature rarely heard works pulled from CoMA’s (Contemporary music for all) unique catalogue of contemporary open scored works for ensemble.
Three Fragments, November is released on the 28th of January and available exclusively to stream and download on October House Records.
Founded in 2014, Phaedra Ensemble has evolved from a string quartet to a larger collective of like-minded performers, drawing from London’s diverse musical landscape. They make music in the space between the classical, contemporary and experimental worlds, rethinking popular culture and collaborating across genres.
‘Cross-genre collective Phaedra are part of a new breed of ensembles tearing up the rules of classical and creating a trailblazing hotpot of sounds in their wake.’
October House Records is a new label launched in 2021 with a distinguished artistic panel and exclusive releases released quarterly, available to stream and download.
With all releases being exclusive to the site and 85% of the proceeds going directly to the artists, October House Records is a new streaming model founded to support all manner of creatives.
Project supported by Arts Council England.
Violin – Phil Granell
Viola – Rich Jones
Cello – Sergio Serra
Horn – Letty Stott
Founded in 2014 by violinist Phillip Granell, Phaedra has evolved from a string quartet to a larger collective of like-minded performers, drawing from London’s diverse musical landscape. They make music in the space between the classical, contemporary and experimental worlds, rethinking popular culture and collaborating across genres. 2021 saw the release of their first EP O Superman featuring works by Laurie Anderson, Leo Chadburn, and Phaedra co-director Jamie Hamilton. Previous collaborations include performances with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw at the Barbican, British singer Ghostpoet (PIAS), vibraphonist Masayoshi Fujita (Erased Tapes) and Mercury Award-nominated singer Susheela Raman. Previous UK performances include Kings Place, the Barbican, Café OTO, the Royal Festival Hall, the Royal Opera House, and internationally at NYU Arts Center (Abu Dhabi), and La Seine Musicale (Paris). They have been broadcast and performed live on BBC Radio 3, and Resonance.fm.
BISHI is a singer, electronic rock-sitarist, composer, producer, and performer born in London of Bengali heritage. As a multi-instrumentalist, she has been trained in both Hindustani and Western Classical styles and studied the sitar under Gaurav Mazumdar, a senior disciple of Ravi Shankar.
British-Ugandan artist Love Ssega is probably most widely known for being a founding member of Clean Bandit – writing “Mozart’s House” for the future Grammy winners – all whilst still at Cambridge University doing a PhD in Chemical Engineering. Studies complete, this enigmatic polymath has been quietly building an enthralling solo career blending a vibrant mix of New Wave, 80s Hip-Hop, African polyrhythms and NYC Disco into smart modern Pop.
Mira Calix is an award-winning artist and composer based in the United Kingdom. Music and sound, which she considers a sculptural material, are at the centre of her practice. Her work explores the manipulation of the material into visible, physical forms through multi-disciplinary installations, sculpture, video and performance works. Calix’s practice is fluid, allowing research, site, and subject to influence a shifting choice of materials and mediums.http://www.miracalix.com/
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