This month I’m playing twice in Scotland, my first visit North of the border since playing with Blood Moon in Glasgow over ten years ago. Playing at Whiteroom in Edinburgh on Thursday 7th and The Old Hairdressers in Glasgow on Sunday 9th. More information on both shows below.
For these shows I’m playing a new set which has elements of various projects and approaches: including lo-fi sound sources like crackly field recording records and cassette tape loops, contact-miked objects; alongside mechanically triggered electronic drum sounds and live coded sample playback, which includes randomness from the algorithm. Here’s a little clip from my rehearsals earlier in the week:
SoA3: Graham Dunning / Arma Agharta / Shiori Usui / Joe Coghill
Thursday 7th February 2019, 19:00
76 East Crosscauseway, EH8 9 Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Sounds of Art #3 presents…
Graham Dunning is self-taught as an artist and musician having studied neither discipline academically. His live work explores sound as texture, timbre and something tactile, drawing on bedroom production, tinkering and recycling found objects. He also creates visual work, video and installations drawing on these themes.
Much of his work evolves through experimentation with different processes: considering the methods by which sounds become music; process as a continuum encompassing both improvisational and procedural methods; and testing analogous processes across different media.
Graham has performed solo and in ensembles across the UK, Europe and Canada, and exhibited in the UK, Europe, New Zealand and USA. He teaches Experimental Sound Art at the Mary Ward Centre in London and also gives various independent workshops. He has released through Entr’acte, Seagrave, Tombed Visions and more.
Arma Agharta is a sound-performance artist and promoter from Lithuania devoted to improvised and
experimental music. With more than 451 performances in his baggage, he is one of the most active performers from Europe. In 2018, celebrating 20 years involvement in the global DIY music scene, he started a world tour, starting in Europe and heading towards North America and Southeast Asia.
His intense, high energy shows span a broad territory between eruptions of chaotic noise and hypnotic psychedelic ritual to dadaist humour, odd bodily movements, spontaneous improvised games and the voice, detached from meaning and turning into unintelligible glossolalia.
Originally from Japan, Shiori Usui is a BBC Proms commissioned composer and improviser based in Scotland. The Times newspaper described her as a composer with “entirely individual ears” after the successful premiere of the piece “Liya-pyuwa” for piano quintet at Wigmore Hall, London in 2006.
Shiori has produced works in radical instrumental music, and has worked with motion capturing sensors and biophysical technology. Many of her compositions are inspired by the sounds of the human body, the deep sea, and many other weird and wonderful organisms living on Earth.
Shiori has been a recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including Toru Takemitsu Composition Award 2012, Civitella Ranieri Music Fellowship in conjunction with the UNESCO-Aschberg Bursary (2010), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Cove Park composer’s residency (2012), Birmingham Contemporary Music Group/Sound and Music composer-in-residence (2013-2014), Scottish Chamber Orchestra Connect Fellow funded by BBC Performing Arts Fund (2013-2014) for working with children with additional support needs, Ricordi Lab publishing deal from Ricordi Berlin (2016) and Scottish Awards for New Music for large ensemble (2018).
Joe Coghill is a multi-disciplinary artist, musician and experimental publisher, living and working in Edinburgh. He graduated from Duncan Jordanstone College of Art in 2015 with a BA Hons in Time Based Art and is currently studying a Masters in Contemporary Art Practice at Edinburgh College of Art. His practice explores cultural production within a post-conceptual context often using sound, video, performance, social sculpture, facilitation and media distribution. Borrowing from multiple spheres of influence, his scattered output operates from a liminal position. Coghill works in an improvised and often haphazard way, incorporating disparate field recordings, modular synthesis and other sonic ambiences to create unpredictable and ephemeral multi-layer audio visual performances.
Mesange, Lauschmann, Dunning, Deere
Sunday 10th February 2019, 19:30
The Old Hairdressers, 20 – 28 Renfield Lane, G25 Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Mésange is a collaboration between composer/violinist Agathe Max and composer/ musician Luke Mawdsley. Mordant musical tapestries (Minimalism, Drone and Ambient) are washed in dense electric skies, exposing signs that flutter and flare in dark elegance.
Torsten Lauschmann’s art is notable for its innovative and idiosyncratic approach across a range of formats including video, photography, sound, online projects, performance and installation. He is interested in the earliest forms of magical and cinematic entertainment, as well as the latest technological advances. He tweaks the mechanics of both digital and analogue technologies, producing works that explore our relationship with machines, as well as our understanding of the moving image and illusion.
Graham Dunning explores sound as texture, timbre and something tactile, drawing on bedroom production, tinkering and recycling found objects. He also creates visual work, video and installations drawing on these themes. Much of the work evolves through experimentation with different processes: considering the methods by which sounds become music; process as a continuum encompassing both improvisational and procedural methods; and testing analogous processes across different media.
Leslie Deere is a UK based artist. From Tennessee. Performing Arts Dance Background. Sonic Art. Drone. Lo-fi. Field Recordings. Collage. Sculpture. Expanded Cinema. Photography. Time Medias. Printed Material. Hacking Culture. Interactive Technologies. AI. VR. AR. Gesture Sound. Mesmerism. Post New Age. Post Net Clara Rockmore. Perspective. Immersion. Affect.