Nimzo Studio have been working hard on the sound design for a collaborative installation with Magnum photographer Olivia Arthur and Philipp Ebeling. The resulting work, ‘TiChan’ – a cyclical 3-screen audio-visual installation – will be hosted at the Magnum Photos event at Mairie du 12e Arrondissement, Paris, on 5th October as part of Nuit Blanche. This work represents the first in a series of collaborative endeavours between NImzo Studio and Fishbar Studio, supported by Arts Council England. MORE DETAILS HERE.
Over the last week I’ve been involved in the first Beatabet Residency at the Rose Hill, Brighton (even though they forgot my name on the poster…), in which 20 artists have been invited to collaborate on a night of new works, for performance on 1st Dec 2018 (this eve). I’ll be collaborating with musician and instrument designer Ed Briggs on a short work involving a symbiotic network of pedals, drum machines, guitars and plasticbagpipes. I’ll also be performing a live soundtrack to a short film clip, and there will be a whole host of weird and wonderful one-off projects taking place throughout the venue over the course of the evening. See you there?
Noise Peddler, a new collaboration between myself and Danny Bright exploring no-input pedalboards, had the pleasure of performing at the Casa Da Musica in Porto this month, as part of ICLI 2018 Live Interfaces conference. Our multimedia live show butted shoulders with some exceptional cutting-edge live performances that utilise all manner of unusual musical interfaces. There will be more UK dates late 2018 / early 2019, details to follow.
A Hidden Order were out in Toronto last month for 4 live dates at the wonderful Aga Khan Museum. This was our first performance with a new trio of myself (electric guitar), Philippe Barnes (flute) and Attab Haddad (oud), with a focus on part-composed, part-improvised material. It was a magical trip, and a real honour to perform in such a beautiful space. Hopefully there’ll be some live footage to share with you soon…
I’ve been working on a new project recently with collaborator Danny Bright called Noise Peddler. Featuring symmetrical pedalboards with cameras to project our hands on screen behind us, all the sound is generated by self-oscillating guitar pedals, which are then routed and manipulated by other guitar pedals. The music is largely improvised, and explores the various ways in which one can engage with pedals as a primary musical interface. Come check out our debut performance as part of Emute Lab’s second concert at The Rose Hill, Brighton on 23/05/18. Click HERE or on the banner below for more info:
‘As Day Recedes, So Night…’ – I wrote this short wind trio 4 years ago, but it was never played through or performed until last month, when the WindRose Trio gave this fantastic premiere in Edmonton, Canada. And what a pleasure it is for me to finally hear it come to life!
A new piece of mine, ‘n.t.l.x’, will be premiered by the New Music Players at the upcoming Tallis Festival at ACCA, University Of Sussex, on Thursday 8th Feb. The work takes its core material by reducing Tallis’s motet ‘O Nata Lux’ to a single melodic thread, which is then embedded amongst a counterpoint of hushed instrumental textures. ‘n.t.l.x’ will be premiered alongside new works by composers including Ed Hughes and Ben Oliver. More details available HERE.
‘A Hidden Order’ are part of a group show going up today at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto. Entitled ‘Listening To Art, Seeing Music’, the show explores the “mesmerizing world of music celebrating the living traditions of the Muslim world and their interaction with other cultures through time and space”. And even more exciting for us is that we’ll be flying out there in May to perform a brand new live show with a new trio of Philippe Barnes (flute), Attab Haddad (oud, percussion) and myself (guitar, percussion). Visit the exhibition page here for more info.