Rhodri Davies plays the harp in new and unexpected ways, often without plucking the strings. In this performance, set within his installation Room Harp, Davies goes well beyond the convention of playing the harp as a musical instrument, by methodically burning and restringing all 47 strings on a concert pedal harp. He has been interested in the relationship between destruction and creation in sound for many years and in 2008 collaborated with the artist Gustav Metzger, who also participated in AV Festival 10.
Rhodri Davies was born in 1971 in Aberystwyth, Wales and now lives in Gateshead. He plays harp, electric harp, live-electronics and builds wind, water and fire harp installations. His regular groups include: a duo with John Butcher, The Sealed Knot, a trio with David Toop and Lee Patterson, Common Objects, Cranc, a trio with John Tilbury and Michael Duch, SLW and Apartment House. In 2008 he collaborated with the visual artist Gustav Metzger on Self-cancellation, a large-scale event in London and Glasgow. New pieces for harp have been composed for him by: Eliane Radigue, Christian Wolff, Ben Patterson, Alison Knowles, Michael Pisaro, Carole Finer, Mieko Shiomi, Radu Malfatti and Yasunao Tone.
Commissioned by AV Festival 10 and produced in partnership with Hatton Gallery. Supported by Arts Council England. World Premiere.