Kammer Klang


Jennifer Walshe, There Was A Visitor

Distractfold Ensemble perform:

Steven Kazuo Takasugi, The man who couldn’t stop laughing (2009-14), music theater for chamber ensemble, electronic amplification, and playback, text by Karl Kraus, 18’35”

Hanna Hartman, Circling Blue (2010), for tape

Distractfold Ensemble are Rocío Bolaños, clarinets; Linda Jankowska, violin; Emma Richards, viola; Alice Purton, cello; Daniel Brew, electric guitar; Mauricio Pauly, artistic co-director; Sam Salem, artistic co-director; Constantin Popp, technical director

06 February 2017
Cafe Oto, 18-22 Ashwin Street, London E8 3DL
£7 advance / £6 member / £9 door / £5 students
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Season tickets available here


Jennifer Walshe is a composer, vocalist and performer. Her work has been performed all over the world by ensembles such as Alter Ego, ensemble recherche, Ensemble Resonanz, Apartment House, Crash Ensemble, Con Tempo Quartet, The Rilke Ensemble, The Irish Chamber Orchestra, Musica Nova Consort, and The Scottish Chamber Orchestra. In addition to her activities as a composer, Jennifer frequently performs as a vocalist, specialising in extended techniques.

‘The most original compositional voice to emerge from Ireland in the past 20 years’ – The Irish Times

‘The wild girl of Darmstadt’ – Frankfurter Rundschau (Cafe OTO)


Manchester-based Distractfold Ensemble is a collective of performers, composers and curators all acting out of shared love, passion and interest in the music and culture of our times. Coming from different continents, backgrounds and having received a diverse education, together they create a nexus of ideas and influences which all contribute towards the ensemble’s unique voice and identity.
They perform acoustic, mixed and electroacoustic music of their peers, alongside music of the more established composers with whom they have formed close collaborations and friendships.
In the seven years they have been together, they have toured internationally and hosted many exciting international artists in Manchester whose work reflects their aims of going deep into the details of all music they play, as well as embracing unusual and innovative concert situations.
Last season they performed, among others, at Rainy Days Festival in Luxembourg, hcmf, Kalv Festival and travelled to California for a residence at Stanford University.
In 2017 they curated, produced & performed Cut & Splice Festival  which took place in Manchester in March, in collaboration with Sound and Music and BBC Radio 3.
Besides playing new music members of Distractfold  can be found dancing salsa, working at the helpline of the Samaritans, collecting anything with cat imagery, stroking cats, watching cat youtube videos, folding origami, obsessively worrying about bubble wrap not being recyclable and researching natural medicine.

Steven Kazuo Takasugi, born 1960 in Los Angeles, is a composer of electro-acoustic music. This involves the collecting and archiving of recorded, acoustic sound samples into large databases, each classifying thousands of individual, performed instances collected over decades of experimentation and research, mostly conducted in his private sound laboratory. These are then subjecting to computer-assisted, algorithmic composition, revised and adjusted until the resulting emergent sound phenomena, energies, and relationships reveal hidden meanings and contexts to the composer. Against this general project of fixed-media is the addition of live performers, described as an accompanying project: “When people return . . .” This relationship often creates a “strange doubling” playing off the “who is doing what?” inherent with simultaneous live and recorded media: a ventriloquism effect of sorts. @stakasugi



Hanna Hartman is a Swedish sound artist living in Berlin. She has been awarded the Prix Europa 1998, the Karl-Sczuka-Prize 2005, the Phonurgia Nova Prize 2006 & 2016 and the Rosenberg Prize 2011. From 2007-08 she was composer-in-residence for Swedish Radio. Her work for Cut & Splice is a world premiere and a major new commission for Distractfold, with whom she has a long-term working relationship, in which amplified everyday objects reveal their hidden sonorities in unexpected, beautiful, intimate ways.


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