Fri 19 October // 20:00
Tickets: £6 advance, £7 on the door
An evening of sonic textures, landscape poetry and film, featuring:
Since 2005, pianist, vocalist, improviser, composer and founder of the Wild Silence label, Delphine Dora has discreetly published recordings on imprints such as Siren Wire, Abaton Book Company, Was Ist Das?, Fort Evil Fruit, Okraïna, Bezirk and Feeding Tube.
Her iconoclastic music, which translates her personal world into sound, is based on an idea of composition as a spontaneous process, nourished by a variety of approaches: poems and texts by the likes of Walt Whitman, Sylvia Plath or Sarah Kane are set to music; songs at once both intimate and haunting are wrought from the aether (think about Sybille Baier or Maxine Funke); raw sketches melted into lost languages; free improvisations performed for piano and for various instruments; wild vocal experimentation explored… these provide the raw materials of Delphine’s unique compositions.
She has recently revisited along with Arlt singer Eloïse Decazes – and a good deal of exuberance – Luciano Berio’s Folk Songs, written for Cathy Berberian; plunged to the bottom Mocke’s liquid guitar through thirteen delicate musical conversations, and – during the same period – summoned a shower of organ, percussions, electronic sounds, trombone and weird voices with experimentalist Sophie Cooper.
She has shared stage with artists among Liam Singer, Lau Nau, Josephine Foster, Baby Dee, Julia Holter, Marisa Anderson, James Blackshaw, Ashley Paul and performed in numerous venues and places in Europe at Cafe OTO (London, UK), EACC – Espai d’art contemporani de Castelló (Castellón, Spain), Uebel & Gefahrlich (Hamburg, Germany), Brotfabrik (Frankfurt, Germany), MK Gallery (Milton Keynes, UK), 5e (Copenhagen, Denmark) and some festival appearances including Le Guess Who / invitation by Julia Holter (Netherlands), Fanø Free Folk Festival (DK), Supernormal Festival (UK), Copenhagen Jazz Festival (Denmark).
Amy is a cultural geographer, curator, writer, and film-maker. As a curator she works frequently on the production of immersive and live cinema and exhibition events provoking and changing the public conversation around ideas of space, geography, nature, and nonhuman others. She has two degrees in English literature from Oxford, a PhD in Geography from RHUL (on poetry, ecology, and British landscape politics), and was an Environmental Humanities postdoc at the University of Leeds' English department, during which time she was selected by the AHRC for their Natural History Museum event and national shortlist of fifteen early career researchers doing the most inspiring work in arts-science collaboration. She is currently a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow in the Geography department at Royal Holloway, University of London, where she works at the Centre for the GeoHumanities and teaches on geography, narrative, and cultural imaginations of nature (including experimental approaches to nature documentaries and dark ecologies). Amy is also a live performer, often writing with and collaborating with musicians, including a stint as the band Plague Dogs.
Beautiful sonic soundscapes from Bristol's Aonghus Reidy aka Ocean Floor.