Posts Tagged ‘Performances’

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.

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.

World Listening Day Performance on Bandcamp

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

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I gave a live laptop performance on World Listening Day, 18.07.2013 at a SOUNDkitchen event at the Bull’s Head in Birmingham. The set features the following field recordings mixed with some additional material and live electronics:

- St Salvator’s Church Bells: Casalbordino, Italy
- Coin Offerings at the Temple of the Reclining Buddha: Bangkok, Thailand
- Rain on Metal Staircase: Istanbul, Turkey
- Adhan (Call To Prayer): Istanbul, Turkey
- Khaen Player on Sampang Lane: Bankok Thailand
- Bangkok to Kanchanaburi Train: Thailand
- Musicians in Cuihu (Green Lake) Park: Kunming, China
- Buddhist Chanting at Wat Phai Ngoen: Bangkok, Thailand
- Birds at Kunming Market: Kunming, China
- Chao Phraya River Boat: Bangkok, Thailand
- Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church Bells: Berlin, Germany

A recording of this performance is now available to download from Bandcamp.

An number of the recordings are also available in an unadulterated form on my Gruenrekorder release ‘Sacred & Profane’.

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.

Anvil & Stirrup Performances

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

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I’ll be performing with Antti Saario as Anvil & Stirrup at two events next week. We’ve been working on a new set that uses field recordings and found sounds, live processing and a gestural interface using live audio to trigger samples in a max patch.

On 23 May we’ll be playing at SOUNDkitchen at the Hare and Hounds in Birmingham. It’s a great line up with Robert Curgenven and João Castro Pinto also on the bill. The gig starts at 8pm and there’s more info and a ticket link on the SOUNDkitchen event page.

The following evening we are excited to be playing at Resound, part of the Site 13 Festival run by Stroud Valley Arts. The gig is at 7pm at Goods Shed in Stroud and we’re sharing the bill with Robert Curgenven again and Matt Davis.

There’s more info on the Stroud Valley Arts website.

Red Sonic Festival – dirty grooves

Friday, April 12th, 2013

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My work dirty grooves has been programmed in a concert of music by BEAST composers as part of Red Sonic – First edition 2013. It will be played on 15.04.2013 in the 21:00hrs concert.

The Red Sonic festival is in its second year and runs from the 11-21 April at the Red Gallery, London. The week long programme of presentations and concerts focuses mostly on acousmatic music featuring work from the BEAST studios in Birmingham, music from Mexico and Latin America and seminal French composer Francois Bayle in a showcase concert.

Also featuring on the programme are field recordings presented by Peter Cusack and a multimedia work by Elinrós Henriksdotter.

For more info visit the Red Sonic website.

Torque

Monday, March 18th, 2013

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I’ve been in Glasgow working on a new dance performance called Torque which opened at the Platform Theatre on 13th and 14th March. The work is a new interdisciplinary dance and music piece devised by dancers, musicians and scientists using ideas from renewable energy, inclusive dance and sonic arts. It is  a collaboration produced by Paragon with composer Pippa Murphy, choreographer Caroline Bowditch and engineer Calum Cossar. Through music and dance, the piece explores the conversion of energy from wind power via wind turbines to electricity.

Pippa Murphy worked with Paragon musicians to record a musical score to which I added a live element of found sounds and electronics. The work received a favourable 4 star  preview by Mary Brennan of the Herald.

The project included a series of school workshops and interactive performances with the cast designed to promote understanding of energy conversion in S1/2 pupils.

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