TUESDAY 30 OCTOBER 2018, 7.30PM
SOUND MATTER – ÁINE O’DWYER / SHARON GAL / DAVID TOOP
What is the mass of sound? How much space does it occupy?
Without matter there is no sound, but sound is not the matter that carries it.
Sound Matter brings together three unique performers in a program of intimate sets. The concert presents different perspectives and instrumentations, focusing on the various materials used for music and sound creation. It will explore improvisation and other methods of composition, highlighting collaboration as a process of offering and sharing creative visions.
Áine O’Dwyer’s role lies somewhere between the roles of vocalist, musician, improviser, composer, performer, listener, sonic stalker and audience member. In recent years, the pipe organ has become an integral site for her experimentation, culminating in her albums ‘Locusts’ and ‘Gegenschein’.
Her recent album ‘Gallarais’ experiments with acoustic decay, and was developed during a self-made residency at the Brunel tunnel shaft, London. Her work celebrates her interests in found and forgotten spaces, chance choreographies, acoustic phenomena, the act of listening and the search for alternative scoring through a combined performativity of instruments, drawings, space, time, memory and the body.
Past solo releases include ‘Anything Bright or Startling? and ‘Music for Church Cleaners’.
Sharon Gal is an interdisciplinary artist, performer, experimental vocalist and composer, with particular experience of free improvisation and collaborative group compositions. Her work relates to sound, architecture, live performance and participatory art, exploring the psychology of sound and its relationship with sound.
Sharon performs solo and on-going collaborations with David Toop, Steve Beresford, Phil Minton, Alex Ward, Yoni Silver, Anat Ben-David, Lina Lapelyte and Andie Brown.
She also directs a series of participatory large group compositions and performances, examining the inter-relations between people and place. These pieces are site specific; evolving collaboratively and inviting participation from the public. Her most recent work, Feel the Noise, for a large ensemble of over 30 electric guitars and micro amps was premiered at Goldsmith’s Large Hall in May.
She is a co-founder of Resonance 104.4 FM arts radio.
Her music was released by various labels, with two solo releases this year; Delicious Fish on the Fractal Meat Cuts label, and The Garden Of Earthly Delights on Visible Near Midnight Recordings.
Sharon performed in the UK & internationally including; The V&A, Science Museum, ICA, The Whitechapel Gallery, Arnolfini Gallery, Tate Modern & Tate Britain, MACBA, and Colour Out of Space, Borealis and Supernormal festivals.
David Toop is a composer, musician, author, a professor and lecturer at the London College of Communication and curator with a particular interest in sound practice, listening and improvisation. He has worked in many fields of sound art and music, including improvisation, sound installations, field recordings, pop music production, and music for television, theatre and dance. He has recorded Yanomami shamanism in the Amazonas, appeared on Top of the Pops, exhibited sound installations in Tokyo, Beijing and London’s National Gallery, and performed with artists ranging from John Zorn, Evan Parker, Bob Cobbing and Ivor Cutler to Akio Suzuki, Elaine Mitchener, Lore Lixenberg and Max Eastley. He has published seven books, including Ocean of Sound, Haunted Weather, and Sinister Resonance: The Mediumship of the Listener.
He released eight solo albums, including Screen Ceremonies, Black Chamber and Sound Body, and as a critic, has written for publications including The Wire, The Face, Leonardo Music Journal and Bookforum.
Exhibitions he has curated include Sonic Boom at the Hayward Gallery, London, Playing John Cage at Arnolfini, Bristol, and Blow Up at Flat-Time House, London.
David is a member of CRISAP (Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice).
His opera, Star-shaped Biscuit, was performed as an Aldeburgh’ Faster than Sound project, in September 2012 and his latest book, Into the Maelstrom: Improvised Music and the Pursuit of Freedom, was shortlisted for the Penderyn Music Book Prize in 2017.