STICKS, BITS & EATS: RIDOUT / COOMBER / GALLACHER / DAVIES / BRADSHAW

THE WHITE HOTEL, 23/02, 19:30 doors, 20:00 start

PROGRAMME:

timothy cape - BLOW (2015)

james saunders - 
constant interchange of the most
various kinds (2016)

stephen bradshaw - panoptic #4b (world premiere)

larry goves - 
happy/boomf/fat (2018)

Manchester-based experimental musicians Rosalind Ridout, Callum Coomber, Darren Gallacher, Shaun Davies and Stephen Bradshaw combine for a performance featuring makeshift whistles, field recordings, environmental objects, personal tales, delicate and almost inaudible sound, ritual, patience and of course, marshmallow consumption.

Timothy Cape's Blow (2015) started with the discovery of a bamboo bush in the garden of a friend's house in South East London in the summer of 2015. He started sawing up the bamboos with a bread knife, and the piece grew from there. This evenings performance is a new, revised version. 

James Saunders' constant interchange of the most various kinds (2016) sees sounds from field recordings and objects related to the environment of the recording, played back at minimal volume in order to destabilise them and draw them closer together, rendering them indistinct. The players then must balance the sounds between them, such that only one of each category is present at any one time. The title is taken from A.G. Tansley’s 1935 definition of an ecosystem, the first use of this term.

In Stephen Bradshaw’s Panoptic #4b, video footage of two hands engaged in a dance will be transformed into fragile but highly-amplified sounds by guitar, flute and percussion. The second part of Stephen’s commission for Kinetic, this piece will be based on surveillance video and data captured from participants in his interactive installation for prepared electronic organ, as part of our exhibition (21-23 Feb), which you can find
here.

Performance meets delicious inconvenience to create an altogether different kind of intimate experience in Larry Goves' happy/boomf/fat' (2018), whereby players are required to attempt the singing and shouting of music phrases whilst eating marshmallows. Expect to hear every single close-mic'd breath, munch, squelch, gulp and moan as the players battle to be heard through mouthfuls of jellied sugary goodness.

(from 18 mins)

rosalind ridout

callum coomber

Rosalind is a versatile and imaginative flautist. A graduate of Cambridge University and the RNCM, she has performed extensively across the UK, and was principal flautist of both the Cambridge University's Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. Through a passion for contemporary music, Rosalind has performed with the Britten Sinfonia and the Cambridge New Music Ensemble, and has premiered a number of new works including at the Tête à Tête Opera Festival, London. She enjoys collaboration and working with composers, something at the core of SHOAL's practice - an interdisciplinary ensemble that Rosalind is member of, recently working with composers such as Eyvind Gulbrandsen and Catherine Kontz. She was also fortunate enough to work with Sir Harrison Birtwistle in 2014. Rosalind is deeply committed to musical outreach, and has been involved with many projects, including work with children and people with special needs, and in prisons, seeing the power of music unite people and break down barriers.

Callum Coomber is a classical guitarist, performer and composer studying at the Royal Northern College of Music. In 2018 Callum became a Britten-Pears funded artist after being accepted onto the Composition, Alternative Performance and Performance Art course at Snape Malting. He has played at various events like the VIRTUALLY REALITY, Decontamination, Kinetic, CLAC and PRiSM concert series; the Enlighten Bury, New Music North West and Barnes Music festivals; the Bridgwater Hall, the Lowry, Villa Massimo in Rome, RNCM Concert Hall and for the Hull UK City of Culture Celebrations. Callum has worked alongside artists like Markus Stockhausen, Mauricio Pauly, Eyvind Gulbrandsen, Catherine Kontz, and the ensemble Psappha. As a classical guitarist Callum made his concerto debut in November 2016 performing Richard Rodney Bennett's Concerto for Guitar and Chamber Ensemble. He is the events co-ordinator for the Manchester based events series VIRTUALLYREALITY and part of the ensemble SHOAL.

Percussionist Darren Gallacher, is a versatile musician and enjoys exploring all genres of music, with a particular interest in experimental perfomance. He has just graduated from the RNCM as a Master of Music and is extremely grateful to the Ann Driver Trust and Help Musicians UK for their support. He has freelanced as an orchestral player across the country, including with the Hallé and Synfonia Cymru. He has also found success as a chamber musician and as a soloist, having completed two consecutive tours of China where he was awarded First Prize at the China National Youth Percussion Competition as a member of the RNCM Percussion Ensemble and Third Prize in the Solo Marimba Category. He was awarded a major award by the Harriet Cohen Memorial Music Awards and went on to win the RNCM’s Gold Medal Competition in 2019. Darren currently enjoys a varied career as a freelance musician and also teaches around the North West.

darren gallacher

SHAUN DAVIES

Shaun Davies is a composer/curator/performer and graduate of RNCM (UK). His work has been performed by Ensemble Mimitabu, House of Bedlam, RTE ConTempo Quartet, Vonnegut Collective, Shadanga Duo, Psappha and others; has been featured by nonclassical (London), New Music North West 2017, New Music Manchester 2019, Kalv Festival (Sweden), RNCM, and broadcast by BBC Radio 3. His primary considerations are social - community, democracy, sensory interactions with sound/space, inter-human relationships/phenomena, interpretation and inclusivity. Shaun sets up environments inviting participants to deeply sonically explore objects/instruments (often cheap/accessible), and share resulting discoveries in ensemble situations towards a collective ambition, matching these ambitions with aspects of deep listening and intimate, transcendental experiences. As a curator Shaun is co-founder and artistic director of Kinetic. He is also passionate about interpreting experimental works and plans to embark on more performance roles in 2020 going forward.

Stephen Bradshaw is a composer, artist and performer from Manchester. Collaborating with practitioners from a range of disciplines, he creates work that engages with themes including surveillance, power dynamics and computer interactivity. Stephen holds a master’s degree in composition from the Royal Northern College of Music, where he studied with Larry Goves and David Horne and was a finalist in the college’s 2019 Gold Medal Competition. He is a music graduate of the University of Oxford, and and an alumnus of Chetham’s School of Music. Recent collaborators have included percussionist Darren Gallacher and pianist Athanasia Kontou (Panoptic #1), environmental scientist Graeme Heyes (dBA (LOUD)), wind quintet Festivo Winds (Panoptic #3) and visual artist Mirren Kessling (Fourth Wall). Stephen founded and is co-artistic director of Echo Chamber Live, an organization that puts on relaxed concerts in living rooms and other intimate spaces, strengthening the social connections within local communities.

STEPHEN BRADSHAW