Archive for the ‘Performances’ Category

Humanhood – ORBIS

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

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‘Orbis’ is an outdoor duet that explores the relationship between humankind and Earth’s permanent natural satellite: the Moon. Performed as a contemporary ritual; revisiting the mystical place the Moon holds in the history of human culture.

I’ve recently finished composing the music for Humanhood’s Orbis. This is my second collaboration with the company following ZERO which premiered in Birmingham last year. Orbis is a 17 minute outdoor dance duet accompanied by an original music composition presented in surround sound. The piece was commissioned by Without Walls Consortium, Brighton Festival, Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Déda  and supported by DanceXchange and SaNau.

Humanhood are currently touring the work with performances at UK summer festivals including:

Brighton festival: 13 – 14 May

Norfolk & Norwich Festival: 20 – 21 May

Greenwhich & Docklands International Festival: 24 – 25 June (on 24 June Orbis is performed beneath Luke Jerram’s Museum Of The Moon)

Hat Fair Festival: 30 June – 1 July

BEAST FEaST 2015

Monday, April 27th, 2015

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My work ‘Annapurna Pastoral – One Hundred Springs‘ has been programmed in BEAST FEaST a three-day festival at the University of Birmingham 30/04 – 02/05 2015.

My work will be played in the Dome Room in the Bramall Building on a 20 channel loudspeaker system. Following an invitation from BEAST I have just been in residence at the studios preparing a 20 channel version of my piece that was originally composed in 5 channels.

There is more info on the piece and an excerpt in a previous post here.

The concert is at 8pm and BEAST FEaST continues until the evening of Saturday 2nd May with paper presentations, installations and concerts featuring the work of David Prior, Peter Batchelor, Manuella Blackburn and Annie Mahtani amongst others.

The Tell-Tale Heart Autumn Tour

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

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The 2014 Autumn tour of Little Earthquake’s The Tell-Tale Heart begins in October. Laurence Saunders gives a brilliant performance as Poe’s tormented narrator Simon and I join him on stage as his Doctor, revealing the sonic details of Simon’s murderous tale with an array of props and vegetables.

Have you ever envisaged the sound a dismembered human body might make? Well in Little Earthquake’s adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s gruesome short story The Tell Tale Heart, sound is the play’s third character…

As Simon retells the story, Iain provides the sounds from a table of strange and fascinating props. In fact, the audience are in awe of what prop will be used next… This is a great way to retell a Gothic classic and Saunders creation of the mad nurse is worth the ticket price alone.

- Matt Jarram, Loughborough Echo

With support from several Rural Touring promoters we’ll be playing the following dates:

 

TTHboth04/10/14 Smethwick, Black Country Touring

22/10/14 Chester, Cheshire Rural Touring Arts

25/10/14 Malvern, Live and Local

31/10/14 Bromyard, Arts Alive

01/11/14 Tattenhall, Cheshire Rural Touring Arts

14/11/14 Caistor, Lincolnshire Rural & Community Touring

15/11/14 Wickenby, Lincolnshire Rural & Community Touring

30/11/14 Matlock, Live and Local

 

 

For full details and booking info visit the Little Earthquake website.

SOUNDkitchen Performance Review

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

There’s a nice review by Nathan Thomas of the SOUNDkitchen event on 13/09/14 over on the Fluid Radio website. It includes some positive thoughts on my performance with Annie Mahtani.

We are looking forward to performing an 8 channel version at the Metanast event at MediaCity on Friday. We played a similar set in Montpellier earlier this year and there’s an excerpt of of this performance on soundcloud.

September Performances

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

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I have a couple of gigs coming up performing with Annie Mahtani as SOUNDkitchen. We will be playing a live laptop set mixing and manipulating field recordings with live electronics. The first gig is Sat 13 September at SOUNDkitchen Series #03, at VIVID Projects in Digbeth, Birmingham. Also on the bill are local AV act Formuls (James Dooley and Matt Parker) and a new collaboration between electronic musician Ben Ramsay and bass player Chris Mapp.

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The second performance will be at Metanast in the Digital Performance Lab at Media City UK, Salford on Friday 26th September. This event includes two concerts, the first presenting acousmatic music diffused and the second features live performances, both on a 16 channel system. We’ll be performing a multichannel set for this event alongside artists such as Robert Curgenven and Rodrigo Constanzo.

 

Women Box – Training Is The Opposite

Saturday, August 16th, 2014
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Photo: Claire Shovelton

Women Box is a a music-theatre event produced by Size Zero Opera in celebration of the inclusion of women’s boxing in the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the rise of the female conductor. The performance features two new chamber opera commissions; Training Is the Opposite by Jennifer Walshe and Women Conduct by Laura Bowler, both for string quartet and mezzo soprano. (more…)

SOUNDkitchen at Electric Spring

Friday, February 28th, 2014

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I’ll be performing at Electric Spring, an annual week-long festival of exploratory electronic music held at the University of Huddersfield.  I’m playing in a duo with Annie Mahtani under the SOUNDkitchen banner. Our 45 minute live set will explore a slowly changing soundscape comprising manipulated found sounds and field recordings and will be presented in 8 channels to take advantage of the HISS multichannel speaker system.

We are playing on Sunday 2nd March at 19:30 in the final concert, the culmination of a week which features David Toop and Minoru Sato, Sylvain Pohu and Hannah Hartman, Autistici and Ambrose Field and others.

The full programme is available on the Electric Spring website.

International Streaming Festival 8th Edition

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

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Some of my work has been programmed in the sound program of the International Streaming Festival and is available to stream online until the 15th December 2013.

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The Streaming Festival is an annual online art event, now in its 8th edition, for independent artists exhibiting unconventional audio-visual art from all over the world. The festival launched on November 30th with offline events in The Hague and Zagreb and the website is now streaming a fantastic selection of sound and video art for the duration of the festival. A permanent collection of work by programmed artists from previous editions is also available.

Little Earthquake’s ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

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I was never kinder to the old man than in the week before I killed him…

In the heart of a bustling city, a wealthy recluse hides behind a barricade of bolted doors and blacked-out windows. His only companion is a private nurse, entrusted with taking care of him.

After many months of confinement, suspicion and resentment grow between the pair until the nurse hatches a foolproof plan to dispose of his patient. When the deed is done, the silence of the seemingly empty house is quickly shattered by a curious thumping beneath the floorboards…”

I am very excited to be working with Little Earthquake on their new adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe’s ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’. I will be sharing the stage with the actor Laurence Saunders creating live foley sound effects as he recounts Poe’s dark and gripping tale of murder in the dark.

The show will be touring from the Autumn into Spring 2014 with several bookings already confirmed including Salford, Derbyshire and various venues in the Midlands. You can find more info and booking details on the Little Earthquake events page.

framework radio Broadcast

Sunday, June 9th, 2013

framework radio #424: 2013.06.09

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Some field recordings from my recent Gruenrekorder release ‘Sacred & Profane’ have been included in the next edition of framework radio #424. The first broadcast is on Sunday 9th June 2013 on Resonance FM and is repeated on various independent radio stations around the world for the rest of the following week:

You can also listen to the broadcast on the Framework Radio web stream for the week or find it in their archives.

framework is consecrated to field recording and it’s use in composition, and began broadcasting in 2002 at a time when a new community of sound artists with a special interest in found sound was developing, a community spread across the world that, thanks to the internet, was no longer limited to a specific geography. framework sees itself as an outlet for this ever-growing and developing community, a folk-tool in a new folk movement, a community driven exchange point for creators and listeners alike.