Three new works by Anna Von Hausswolff, Abul Mogard and Ipek Gorgun
The opening night of Organ Reframed will feature three new works composed and performed by Anna von Hausswolff, Abul Mogard and Ipek Gorgun. All three artists, known for redefining their fields, will perform their new works with the London Contemporary Orchestra and James McVinnie. These works will push the sonic possibilities of Union Chapel’s Organ to the extreme with live visuals produced by As Described
Renowned for her ambient doom “Anna von Hausswolff is reinventing rock ’n roll, producing work that is radical yet familiar and shimmering with invention.” The Observer Her polyrhythmic sound is ever-changing and full of contrasts, often distinguished by fluid transitions of calmness and drama, harmony and dissonance, with various overlapping elements. Anna has recently toured the UK with Sunn O))), has supported Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Swans, Efterklang, Refused to name a few.
Abul Mogard was born in Belgrade and spent most of his life working in a Serbian factory. Mogard states that he started making music after retirement as a way to reconstruct physical and emotional environments that were dear to him. His sound palette is created by synthesisers, Farfisa organs and other devices, some of which he has built himself over the years.
“Abul Mogard is an artwork in itself – a fully realized conceptual project, lush in complex layers, elegant in its simplicity, and fertile in intent. Challenging all of your senses, whether they are sentimental or just logical, the music cuts through all the grime of a developed perception and leaves its essence in pure form.” (Headphone Commute)
Ipek Gorgun is a composer “patiently stitching together a whole sonic universes” (Pitchfork). Her music is full of contrasts and full of meaning. This will be the first time she has written for organ performed by James McVinnie and she will pair it with electronics and the London Contemporary Orchestra. As a bass player and vocalist for projects and bands such as Bedroomdrunk and Vector Hugo, she also performed in an opening gig for Jennifer Finch from L7 and Simon Scott from Slowdive, as well as performing live with David Brown from Brazzaville. Gorgun also practices performance, street and abstract photography. She won the IPA honorable mention award in 2013-14 with her work entitled Bubblegun Daydreamer.
London Contemporary Orchestra is a leading global orchestral group focused on playing, commissioning and developing new music and artistic output. Alongside working with well-known artists, LCO focus on developing a diverse next generation of players, conductors and composers by creating opportunities for them to work at the highest professional level.
Formed in 2008 by co-artistic Directors Robert Ames and Hugh Brunt, the LCO has collaborated with a wide array of musicians, artists, creative figures, platforms and venues such as: Radiohead, Frank Ocean, Jed Kurzel, Jonny Greenwood, Steve Reich, Justice, Terry Riley, Thom Yorke, Mica Levi, Actress, Beck, William Basinski, Richard Reid Parry, Goldfrapp, James Lavelle, Secret Cinema, Vivienne Westwood, Nike, Bill Morrison, Conrad Shawcross, Ron Arad, Hannah Perry, NTS, Boiler Room, DAZED, Resident Advisor, Meltdown Festival, Barbican, Southbank Centre, Roundhouse, Printworks, Tate Modern and BBC Proms.
James McVinnie’s work as a performer encompasses music from the 16th century to the present day. He has collaborated with many leading figures in new music including Philip Glass, Tom Jenkinson/Squarepusher, Angelique Kidjo, Nico Muhly, Martin Creed, Richard Reed Parry, Bryce Dessner, Darkstar, Hildur Guðnadóttir.
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Claire M Singer and Chris Watson premiere their new work Voci del Vento with the London Contemporary Orchestra. The work will incorporate the soundscapes of habitats northwards from Antarctica to the Arctic captured by Watson processed and diffused live over a multi channel set up brought in specially for the event. These field recordings will be combined with organ, brass, strings, voice and electronics located around the chapel echoing a musical response from Singer to the sound and spirit of each location. Together the music and field recordings interweave taking the listener on an immersive aural journey from Pole to Pole.
Organ Reframed 2021 is brought to you by Union Chapel Project, in partnership with the London Contemporary Orchestra, Spitfire Audio and The Wire Magazine with generous support from Arts Council England, PRS for Music Foundation and the Institute of Physics.