It’s clearly a public holiday in the UK as the sound of pouring rain strikes against the window and the hushed city slowly awakes to a damp day.
The rather manic travel timetable returns with a vengeance this month too. The Parallax Beat Brothers, my collaboration with percussionist Pete Lockett begins another UK tour this. As hyperactive as I like to be, Pete has also worked in virtually every field of music conceivable, both live and in the studio, from pop and rock, to free jazz and the classical avant garde, from traditional North and South Indian to Japanese taiko. You could have heard him playing on the recent James Bond movies Die Another Day, Tomorrow Never Dies and The World is Not Enough, or his work with Björk, Peter Gabriel, Zakir Hussain, Nitin Sawhney, Bill Bruford, Texas, Sinead O'Conner, Evelyn Glennie, The Verve, Craig Armstrong, amongst many others. It’ll be a frenzied mix up of abstract textural work and then some blown out explosive rhythmic workout sessions, Keep Fit with the Brothers!! We’ll be presenting new work at the Big Chill Festival in August too.
One show is at the Norwich Playhouse, as part of the Norwich and Norfolk Festival (http://www.n-joy.org.uk/), which brings in some of the world's biggest names in jazz, classical music, comedy & dance for a time of artistic exploration & discovery. If you happen to be passing through, visiting, or living close-by you might enjoy my installation at the Eagle Ward. As part of the 13th-century Great Hospital, the Eagle Ward is one of Norwich's most atmospheric buildings, a place of historical of architectural interest but also invaluably a history of the people who have lived, worked and moved through the space in the passing years.
The installation uses sounds and voices to re-discover something of this past. By using music that would have been heard when the Eagle Ward was still in use, as well as interviews with people that have lived in the area all their lives and some who have even worked in the Ward in the past, it presents a little symphony of memories in this elegant and unique space.
Off to picturesque Florence later this month too for a performance with the Symbiosis Orchestra, a multimedia group made up by Iris Garrelfs (voice, electronics), Stefano Tedesco (vibraphone, percussions), Andrea Gabriele (guitar, electronics) and Claudio Sinatti (videos). We’ll be playing at the 13th edition of the Fabrica Europa Festival. Once seduced by the fine food and architecture I’ll be returning to Milan towards the end of the month to perform Blindscape with artist TeZ, our exploratory work that utilises a system where the sound drives the images and reacts in real time, which will hopefully work magnificently simultaneously on four screens.
New York beckons with a presentation of my work at MOVE3: Under the Influence, at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 19-20 May. This design summit for motion-based artists and designers will explore the fascinating sources of inspiration behind work that inspires us all. I’ll be presenting an approach to visualizing sound in design alongside Laurie Anderson, Adult Swim, Cory Arcangel Jean- Paul Goude, Scott Stowell and others. I’d better prepare some fine English gags for the crowd then.
The next episode of Night Haunts continues this month (http://www.nighthaunts.org.uk) with the rather melancholic subject of loneliness. It portrays the atlas of suffering via a night spent with the Samaritans in London with a soundtrack I composed to illustrate this dark space. Once again the city reveals itself in this monthly nocturnal journal.
To close the month there’s another series of Public Holidays here in the UK and to celebrate Tate Modern is the venue for UBS Openings: THE LONG WEEKEND, a unique four-day cultural festival merging many different art forms. This fun festival celebrates the opening of Tate Modern’s new Collection displays, which have been re-hung for the first time since the gallery opened. Each of the four gallery hubs focuses on a key movement in twentieth-century art, and each day of the four-day festival is themed around one of these movements.
I’ll be taking part in John Cage’s Musicircus on ‘Abstract Sunday 28 May,' which is a FREE three-hour performance based on compositions principally by John Cage, including movement, live and pre-recorded electronics as well as traditional instruments. I’ll be performing Fontana Mix in direct response to Tate Modern's Collection re-hang. The sources of the sound will be sampled from popular music of the particular years relating to my favourite works in the collection and as such, bear a direct correlation with the Collection in a timeline of contemporary culture. It’s going to be a bumper weekend with shows by DJ Spooky, Ryoji Ikeda, Carsten Nicolai, Monolake, Trisha Brown. Not forgetting that I’ll be celebrating my birthday that very same weekend, so it will be a great opportunity to bring gifts along in person on the Sunday afternoon ;-)
Have a great May time.
::: listen :::
AFX: Chosen Lords (Rephlex)
Bob Dylan: Theme Time Radio Hour (XM Radio)
The Streets: The Hardest Way to Make an Easy Living (Vice)
Scott Walker: The Drift (4AD)
::: read :::
Irwin: East West Map (Afterall/MIT)
Barry Miles: Frank Zappa (Atlantic)
Julian Stallabrass: Art Incorporated (Oxford)
Bas Jan Ader: Please Don’t Leave Me (Boijmans)
::: film :::
The Moguls, Michael Traeger, USA
A Year Without Love, Anahi Berneri, Argentina
Love is Colder than Death, Fassbinder, Germany
Paris Nous Appartient, Jacques Rivette, France
::: diary dates :::
03 May-Parallax Beat Brothers: The Sage Gateshead UK
04 May-Parallax Beat Brothers: Norfolk & Norwich Festival UK
05 May-Parallax Beat Brothers: South Hill Park Bracknell UK
10 May-Parallax Beat Brothers: The Junction Cambridge UK
13 May-Symbiosis Collaboration: Fabbrica Europa Florence Italy
19 & 20 May-Move3: Under the Influence Conference: New York City USA
27 May-Blindscape with TeZ:Hangar Bicocco Milan Italy
28 May-Fontana Mix (FREE EVENT) Tate Modern London UK
03 June-City in Flux conference ICA London
05-09 June-Qualia ballet soundtrack for Royal Opera House London
07 June-52 Spaces, Cinemazero Pordenone Italy
13 July-Blindscape, with TeZ: Amsterdam The Netherlands
17 June-09 July- Time_Place_Space Laboratory: Brisbane Australia
24 June-Occasional Offices: BBC Radio 3
15 July-Sonambiente Berlin Germany
19 July-Hive: Liverpool UK
21 July-31 July-Wave Farm Residency Greene Country New York
29 July-Wave Farm Green County NY USA
05 August- Parallax Beat Brothers: Big Chill Festival UK
24 August- Waves: RIXC Riga Latvia
06 October: Marseille France
26 October: Parallax Beat Brothers:
Alsager Arts Centre Cheshire UK
02-07 Nov-Ground Control: Copenhagen Denmark
09-11 Nov-52 Spaces:Brisbane Australia (tbc)
30 Nov-Parallax Beat Brothers: Colchester Arts Centre UK
15-18 March-Présences electronique Salle Olivier Messiaen:
::: exhibitions :::
27 April – 27 May 2006
An exhibition of music related videos, exhibited in a unique lounge style area, designed by Fabrice Gygi in a ‘Videotheque Mobile,’ almost like a little mobile library. Featuring work by Scott Pagano, Semiconductor, Judith Goddard, D-Fuse, HFR-Lab, Ange Leccia, Fikret Atay, Serge Comte, Frank David, Laurent Grasso, Jean-Charles Hue, Pascal Lièvres, Stefan Nikolaev, Mathilde Rosier, Nathalie Talec, Derek Jarman.
The Great Hospital
Norfolk & Norwich Festival 06
03 - 14 May 2006
As part of the 13th-century Great Hospital, the Eagle Ward is one of Norwich's most atmospheric buildings, a place of historical of architectural interest but also invaluably a history of the people who have lived, worked and moved through the space in the passing years.
This installation uses sounds and voices to re-discover something of this past. By using music that would have been heard when the Eagle Ward was still in use , as well as voices of people that have lived in the area all their lives and some who have even worked in the Ward in the past, it attempts to present a symphony of memories.
What Sound Does A Color Make?
Govett-Brewster Art Gallery
New Plymouth, New Zealand
20 May – 16 July 2006
What Sound Does a Color Make? features contemporary and historical works by an internationally diverse group of artists who manipulate sound with image and image with sound. The show includes artists who likewise use technology to inspire a renewed consciousness of highly un-technological experiences -- physicality, human cognition, and perception. Featuring work by Scott Arford, Jim Campbell, D-Fuse with Scanner, Granular Synthesis, Gary Hill, Atau Tanaka, Stephen Vitiello, Nam June Paik and others.
What Sound Does a Color Make? is a travelling exhibition (2005-2007) organised & circulated by iCi, curated by Kathleen Forde.
By Sukhdev Sandhu
Design Mind Unit
Sound Design Scanner
04 February 2006 – 04 February 2007
Artangel Interaction invited writer and historian Sukhdev Sandhu to write a nocturnal journal unfolding over the course of 2006. His postings will appear sequentially at this microsite specially designed by Mind Unit. Sandhu's forays see him prospecting in the London night with the people who drive its pulse, from the avian police to security guards, zookeepers and exorcists. Acclaimed artist and musician Scanner has collaborated with Sukhdev and Ian Budden of Mind Unit to compose the sound for the site. If you would like to be kept informed as each episode is posted, join artangel‘s mailing list by clicking here.
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