Matthew Collings, Focal Gaol, Ryoko Akama

Tuesday 20 Nov
Matthew Collings (Fluid Audio/Bedroom Community/Hibernate)
Focal Gaol (Octopus Collective)
Ryoko Akama (The Lappetites)

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Matthew Collings

Tiny delicate moments of intimacy and all-consuming noise; the music of British/Icelandic composer and sound artist Matthew Collings is textural, melodic and often sonically overwhelming. Spanning the divide between Steve Reich and avant-garde guitar music, Collings has already found considerable praise from the international community for his previous releases under the moniker Sketches for Albinos.

His compositions include a wide range of instrumentation, from guitars, piano, organ and vocals to white noise, percussion, found sound and field recordings, theremin, brass and strings.

Matthew’s new record Splintered Instruments, produced by Ben Frost, is to be released on the Fluid Audio label.

´…he works his magic; tuning and manipulating the sound and folding it back on itself to fill the air around him with glacially magnificent sonic sculpture. There are two or three such pieces in his set; each building like some submerged orchestra. Amazing stuff.’ Manchester Music

Focal Gaol

Focal Gaol started life as an offshoot of ambient electronics group, Aurelie, providing a forum for live improvisation and developing work by individual members. Formed in 2007, they’ve played at Kurt Schwitters’ Merzbarn as well as supporting acts like Anti-Pop Consortium and Volcano the Bear.

The rotating line up includes: Jim Tetlow (percussion), Dave Dhonau (cello/bass), Glenn Boulter (guitar, electronics), Ola Szmidt (flute) and John Hall (laptop / gramophone).

Ryoko Akama

Ryoko Akama is a UK-based composer, performer and a sound artist perhaps best known as a member of improvisation collective The Lappetites, alongside Eliane Radigue, Kaffe Matthews and AGF.

Her first album was selected in the top 10 recordings of 2005 by The Wire, and she has run Melange Records since 2000, releasing electroacoustic works.

She is currently a PhD researcher at CeReNem (Centre for Research in New Music) at the University of Huddersfield.