I am really looking forward to performing on Saturday 2 August in Chamberlain Square, Birmingham as part of Néle Azevedo’s Minimum Monument project, an open air exhibition displaying 5,000 figures made of ice. Minimimum Monument is part of the City’s celebrations commemorating the centenary of World War One. Néle’s work deliberately celebrates the common man; the exhibition will honour not only those who fought in WW1 but all those that contributed including families who made a sacrifice.
The Minimum Monument project is a critical reading of the monument in the contemporary cities. In a few-minutes action, the official canons of the monument are inverted: in the place of the hero, the anonym; in the place of the solidity of the stone, the ephemeral ice; in the place of the monumental scale, the minimum scale of the perishable bodies. Thousands of small sculptures of ice are placed in public space. The memory is inscribed in the photographic image and shared by everyone. It is no longer reserved to great heroes nor to great monuments. It loses its static condition to gain fluidity in the urban displacement and in the change of state of the water. It concentrates small sculptures of small men, the common men.
I am currently dividing my time between the creation space (recording sound material), my studio (preparing the sounds for performance) and my kitchen (experimenting with microphones and ice). Minimum Monument starts at 1pm on Saturday when the public will be invited to place the ice sculptures on the steps of Chamberlain Square. I will be performing at around 2pm until the ice has melted.
Minimum Monument is presented by Birmingham Hippodrome. More information is available here
Earlier this month I was invited to perform as a member of SOUNDkitchen at KLANG!électroacoustique a new festival in Montpellier, France. Klang Acousmonium is a new venture for fellow SOUNDkitchen composer Julien Guillamat who recently returned to France, taking a collection of loudspeakers with him. It was an honour to perform at the inaugural festival alongside some fantastic composers including Francis Bayle, François Dhomont, Annette Vande Gorne, Jonty Harrison and Dennis Smalley. I performed a live acousmatics set with Iain Armstrong which James Carpenter diffused over the 50 loudspeaker acousmonium. We will hopefully have a repeat performance in Birmingham at one of the forthcoming SOUNDkitchen gigs this year.
Earlier this year I was delighted to join the Sound and Music Composer-Curator programme. This brilliant initiative supports grassroots event-series or festivals of new music, curated and organised by composers
The funding is supporting SOUNDkitchen’s Series 2014 which will comprise 4 events from May to November. For this series we launched our New Collaborations project, commissioning a series of new collaborative performances from artists who haven’t previously worked together. We are also proud to be supporting an emerging artist from the Midlands at each event. For more information about the events and artists head over to soundkitchenuk.org
I have a few performance dates this Spring. There is Hope is completing the Spring tour and Past Links has been programmed in a couple of concerts. More details follow.
20 April 6.00pm: Red Sonic Festival, London. More details here
1 May 1.30pm: BULO (Bristol University Loudspeaker Orchestra). More details here
There is Hope, Rosie Kay Dance Company, Tour Dates:
16 April 7.30pm HUDDERSFIELD Lawrence Batley Theatre, www.thelbt.org
25 April 7.30pm BRISTOL Circomedia, www.circomedia.com
30 April 7.30pm COVENTRY Warwick Arts Centre, www.warwickartscentre.co.uk
3 May 7.45pm HEREFORD The Courtyard, www.courtyard.org.uk
To honour the occasion of Supersonic’s 10th anniversary and the recent discovery of the lost Festival of The Rea, the SOUNDkitchen collective will give a special performance of Earth Ears: A Sonic Ritual by Pauline Oliveros. Known for her ritualistic and meditative approach to sound and listening, Oliveros’ work invites performers and audience to engage in a Deep Listening experience.
For this performance each member of the collective will invoke one of the four cialis classical elements Earth, Air, Fire and Water, central to ancient pagan practices and magic rituals. Each performer will reveal their sonic manifestation through musical actions, recorded representations and improvisation. Through collective expression and meditation we invite you to celebrate the spirit and history of the River Rea in Digbeth as an historic site of community, creativity and mystical energy.
SONICritual will be performed by: Iain Armstrong, Julien Guillamat, Annie Mahtani, Shelly Knotts. Sound engineer: James Carpenter
Performance time 16:00, Sunday 21 October, The Theatre, Supersonic Festival
Over the past few months my creative output has mostly been channeled into working on the latest production for Rosie Kay Dance Company.
There is Hope explores faith, belief, ritual, and the confines and claustrophobia of an international cast of incredible performers and musicians. As they journey through a universe of heavens, hells and purgatories – worlds of beauty and of the bizarre – expect humour, black comedy, athletic performances and, in true Rosie Kay style, some unexpected and extraordinary moments of dance and theatre.
For this work I’ve been composing fixed music to complement the incredible live musicians Chris Mapp, Sam Wooster and Mike Hurley who are on stage performing a structured improvisation for the duration of the production. There Is Hope has been an exciting if challenging production to work on and has developed into a truly incredible show.
The premiere is this Wednesday 3rd October at the Patrick Centre in Birmingham. The autumn tour dates follow.
There is Hope National Tour 2012
Wednesday 3rd October World Premiere DanceXchange, Birmingham
Thursday 4th October DanceXchange, Birmingham
Thursday 11th October Winchester Theatre Royal
Tuesday 16th October Jersey Arts Centre
Saturday 27th October Lemon Tree (Aberdeen City Moves Festival)
Friday 9th November Dance East, Ipswich
Saturday 10th November Dance East, Ipswich
Friday 16th November Barnsely Civic
Thursday 22nd November Dance City, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Tuesday 27th November Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton
Spring 2013 dates to follow including Midlands Arts Centre (mac) and Warwick Arts Centre.
I’ll post some audio samples in due course!
In May I managed to get outside with my microphones two weekends in a row! Firstly, I attended another Wildeye course led by Chris Watson who is always such an inspiration to work with. During this weekend the weather was below seasonal average but it didn’t deter the enthusiasm for field trips including an all nighter in the woods in the hope to catch the night life (who did seem to be detered by the weather). I’ll be posting recordings from this weekend very soon.
The second recording trip was during a few days break in Devon where I managed to get to the coast to record the sea and try out my new hydrophones in the lake at the farm that I was staying on. Some of these recordings can be heard here
SOUNDkitchen were buy cialis online invited to perform at Noisefloor festival on Thursday 3 May. We performed a continous set of live electroacoustics including solos from Shelly Knotts and Iain Armstrong and a duo from myself and Julien Guillamat. The entire performance was diffused by James Carpenter. It provided another oportunity for Julien and myself to explore the material we collected and developed as part of out Entre Terre et Ciel project. Audio will be posted soon!
SOUNDkitchen are taking part in this year’s Supersonic Festival and will be resident in the Zellig building over the festival (22-23 October). Working in collaboration with BEAST, we’re setting up a site-specific sound sculpture which will host performances and installations throughout the weekend. I’ll be performing live with Julien Guillamat on Saturday and Past Links will be featured in Sunday’s BEAST performance. I’m also looking forward to working on a collaboration with Imperfect Cinema. Over the weekend I’ll be working with SOUNDkitchen’s Iain Armstrong to create a soundtrack generic viagra for a 25 minute Imperfect Cinema film from field recordings made at the festival. The Zellig building will be open to the public so no wristbands needed. For programme information click here