Organ Reframed Artist Bios

Mira Calix
Emily Hall
Tim Hecker
Gordon Monahan
Phill Niblock
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
Low
Claire M Singer
Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie
Dawn Scarfe

James McVinnie
London Contemporary Orchestra

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Mira Calix

Mira Calix is an award winning artist and composer based in the United Kingdom. Music and sound, which she considers a sculptural material, are at the center of her practice. Her work explores the manipulation of the material into visible, physical forms through multi-disciplinary installations, sculpture, video and performance works. Calix’s practice is deliberately disjunctive, allowing research, site, and subject to influence a fluid choice of materials and mediums.

Mira has been commissioned and exhibited works and performances with many leading international cultural institutions, festivals and ensembles including the London Sinfonietta, the Globe, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Carriageworks, MONA, Performa, Barbican, Lincoln Center the Manchester International festival and the London Olympics amongst others.

As well as solo artworks, Mira is a vociferous collaborator, working with visual artists, scientists, architects, dancers and musicians from other disciplines.

In 2017 launched her online Portal, a space for music, conversation and material works in conjunction with Warp Records with whom she is signed.

www.miracalix.com

 

Emily Hall

Much of Emily Hall’s music is formed from close creative relationships with singers and writers, finding her own ways of using technology and live performance.  Emily Hall studied composition at York University and the Royal College of Music, London. She has written for many different ensembles and orchestras including the London Sinfonietta, LSO, BBCNOW, the Brodsky Quartet, Opera North, LCO, and Hungarian Radio Choir. Her music is broadcast frequently on BBC Radio 2, 3, 4 and 6Music.

Much to her surprise, Emily has written 4 operas.  Her first opera, “Sante” was described by The Times as “a dynamic new opera worth everyone’s time and hopes”. Her second was a film opera, “The Nightingale and the Rose” (2010) commissioned by Streetwise Opera. Next “Folie a Deux” (2015) a concept album /opera, written with Icelandic author Sjon for singers Sofia Jernberg and Allan Clayton produced by Mahogany Opera Group. Her latest “Found and Lost” [2016] is a site-specific opera installation commissioned by the Corinthia Hotel, London. Her trilogy of song cycles written with Toby Litt are widely performed.

Emily Hall is a member of Bedroom Community the Icelandic record label.

Emily Hall has won many awards for her music including the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Artists, the genesis Opera Prize and the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Award.

www.emilyhall.co.uk

Photo credit: Rob Orchard

 

Tim Hecker

Tim Hecker has spent the last decade inhabiting a unique intersection between noise, dissonance, and melody. In his varied and celebrated works, digital and organic sources tightly intertwine. The result is a hybrid aesthetic that recalls electronic abstraction and psychedelic American minimalism. As the New York Times put it, he plays “foreboding, abstract pieces in which static and sub-bass rumbles open up around slow-moving notes and chords, like fissures in the earth waiting to swallow them whole.” Hecker’s most recent album, 2016’s Love Streams (released on 4AD), takes as its cue from the avant-classical orchestration and extreme electronic processing of his celebrated 2013 record, Virgins, but shaped into more melancholic, ultraviolet hues. His extensive, vigorous live performances have served to further cement his reputation as a contemporary master of volume and texture.

sunblind.net

Photo credit: Todd Cole

 

Gordon Monahan

Gordon Monahan’s works for piano, loudspeakers, video, kinetic sculpture, and sound installation span various genres from avant-garde concert music to multi-media installation and sound art. As a composer and sound artist, he juxtaposes the quantitative and qualitative aspects of natural acoustical phenomena with elements of media technology, environment, architecture, popular culture, and live performance. The renowned composer John Cage once said, “At the piano, Gordon Monahan produces sounds we haven’t heard before.”

Gordon Monahan is the recipient of a 2013 Governor-General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts. He is currently the “2016 City Sound Artist” for Bonn, Germany.

gordonmonahan.com

Photo credit: Daisy Loewl

Phill Niblock

Phill Niblock is an intermedia artist using music, film, photography, video and computers. He makes thick, loud drones of music, filled with microtones of instrumental timbres which generate many other tones in the performance space. Simultaneously, he presents films / videos which look at the movement of people working, or computer driven black and white abstract images floating through time.

He was born in Indiana in 1933. Since the mid-60’s he has been making music and intermedia performances which have been shown at numerous venues around the world. Since 1985, he has been the director of the Experimental Intermedia Foundation in New York where he has been an artist/member since 1968.

He is the producer of Music and Intermedia presentations at EI since 1973 and the curator of EI’s XI Records label. Phill Niblock’s music is available on the XI, Moikai, Mode and Touch labels. A DVD of films and music is available on the Extreme label. He is a retired professor at The College of Staten Island, the City University of NewYork. In 2014, he was the recipient of the John Cage Award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.

www.experimentalintermedia.org

 

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

Raised on the placid Orcas Island off the coast of Washington state, Kaitlyn’s compositions are positively surreal yet rooted in nature. By combining the organic elements of her upbringing with the technological prowess gained from her studies at Berklee College of Music, Kaitlyn’s impact on modern music is distinct and significant.

Throughout her youth, Kaitlyn experimented with various instruments and musical styles before having a chance encounter with the Buchla 100 synthesizer — an instrument that instantly reoriented her musical sensibilities and put her on the path she’s become globally recognized for. Kaitlyn’s upward trajectory was later cemented with the release of her 2015 full-length, Euclid, on Western Vinyl.

2016 saw the launch of her celebrated album, EARS, as well as a collaboration with new age pioneer Suzanne Ciani, earning her numerous best-of nods by the likes of Pitchfork, NPR, Rolling Stone and SPIN. Kaitlyn continues writing, collaborating and composing, with plans to release new music and embark on a worldwide tour in fall 2017.

www.kaitlynaureliasmith.com

 

Low

In their 25 year career to date, Low have garnered an array of praise from critics and artists alike.  Their exploration of minimalist soundscapes and harmonies have inspired covers from the likes of Robert Plant and Mavis Staples, and their most recent album ‘Ones and Sixes’ was heralded as “one of the most impressive albums of their career” by MOJO.

As their first commissioned work for organ this is a new departure and further step forward for the band.

www.chairkickers.com

Photo credit: Zoran Orlic

 

Claire M Singer – Organ Reframed Artistic Director

The work of Claire M Singer has been widely commissioned, exhibited and performed throughout Europe and North America. This includes acoustic and electronic composition, fixed media, multi-media, installations and live electronics. In recent years her work has focused on a mix of organ, ‘cello and electronics with performances and commissions including Union Chapel; Sound Festival Scotland; Tate Modern London; The Shunt Vaults; Chez Poulet Gallery San Francisco; XMV New York City; Fylkingen Institute Stockholm; Ceremony Hall Austin, TX; Norwich Arts Centre; Kunst-Station Sankt Peter Cologne; Muziekgebouw Aan’ t ij Amsterdam and the Barbican.

In June 2017 she was a recipient of the inaugural Oram Awards, celebrating women innovators in sound and music.

www.clairemsinger.com

Photo credit: Martin Gray

 

Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie

Born in New York, Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie grew up fixated on a career in professional tennis, and was brought up under the wings of 1963 Wimbledon champion Chuck McKinley. A tragic knee injury ended his career at the young age of sixteen. After receiving a tip from an old friend, and a ride from Santa Fe New Mexico. Adam ventured to Austin, Texas where he lived in a cloud of fog for 10 years, until moving to Europe and finding a better quality of life. Adam is probably best known for his work as founder of seminal musical projects Stars of the Lid, & A Winged Victory for the Sullen. Wiltzie has written the original scores for several film and television productions including Salero, The Yellow Birds, & Iris, He also collaborated with Jóhann Jóhannsson on his scores for The Theory of Everything and Arrival, and wrote two of the main themes with Dustin O’Halloran in the 2016 Oscar nominated film Lion. Wiltzie resides in Brussels, Belgium

www.awvfts.com

 

Dawn Scarfe

Dawn Scarfe is an artist based in London. Her work includes sound installation and performance. It uses materials such glass and cat gut string to explore resonance, sensitivity and things which appear to act of their own accord.

Dawn works with soundCamp to organise Reveil: an annual 24hr live broadcast. She has collaborated with Ryoko Akama, Jem Finer and Jiyeon Kim.  She has exhibited at ZKM Karlsruhe, Tonspur Museums Quartier Vienna, Q02 Brussels and New Mart, Seoul. Residencies include Sound and Music’s Embedded programme with Forestry Commission England, MoKS Centre for Art and Social Practice, Estonia and TOPOS Exeter.

www.dawnscarfe.co.uk

 

James McVinnie – Organ

Organist James McVinnie has collaborated with some of the world’s leading composers, producers and performers from classical, contemporary, popular and experimental music. Nico Muhly, Tom Jenkinson/Squarepusher, Martin Creed (winner of the 2001 Turner Prize), Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), David Lang (winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in music) and Bryce Dessner (The National) have written works for him.

Recent highlights have included a solo recital at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles and a subsequent concerto debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Esa Pekka Salonen in the LA Phil’s Reykjavík Festival. He also led the first performance of ‘Music in 12 Parts’ by Philip Glass by anyone other than the composer’s own Ensemble at London’s Barbican Centre. His recent collaboration with Tom Jenkinson (Squarepusher) will be presented at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam by the Holland Festival June 2017.

Future projects include commissioning project with the CRASH ensemble, a solo marathon recital of music by Philip Glass at the Paris Philharmonie and a collaboration with the electronic music duo Darkstar, a new concerto by Nico Muhly with the LA Philharmonic in their 2017/18 season as well as a return to Glyndebourne in 2018 to perform on stage concertos in Barrie Kosky’s spectacular production of Handel’s ‘Saul’.

www.jamesmcvinnie.co.uk

Photo credit: Magnús Andersen

 

London Contemporary Orchestra

One of the UK’s most highly sought after interpreters of contemporary repertoire, The London Contemporary Orchestra (LCO) has established an unparalleled reputation within the British classical music scene since they were formed in 2008 by violist and conductor Robert Ames and conductor Hugh Brunt.

Straddling both the classical and commercial music arenas the LCO has worked with a distinguished catalogue of composers and artists including Secret Cinema, United Visual Artists, Biosphere, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Vivienne Westwood, Matmos, Belle & Sebastian, Conrad Shawcross, Nike, Jimmy Page and Foals. The orchestra has performed at the UK’s most prestigious venues including the Royal Opera House, Roundhouse, The Old Vic Tunnels and Southbank Centre as well as at the Latitude Festival, on BBC Radio 3 and Sky Arts. In 2010 the LCO was recognised by the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards for its work in audience development.

www.lcorchestra.co.uk