This event premieres new commissions by three international sound artists: Kaffe Matthews, Lee Patterson and Jana Winderen. Each artist visited Northumberland to make field recordings of its rivers using underwater microphones. The resulting works convey the dramatic energy, ecology and destructive power of our rivers and environment. Field recording locations ranged from the river Coquet, to the lesser-known river Till and one of its tributaries the river Glen. Kaffe Matthews is a leading figure in the field of live electro-acoustic composition and has recently undertaken a residency in the Galapagos working with sharks and conservation scientists. Lee Patterson’s work explores hidden sounds within everyday objects and natural environments from wind turbines to peanuts. Norwegian artist, Jana Winderen makes work that reveals the complexity of the marine world and other unseen sound sources.
London-based musician Kaffe Matthews has been making and performing new electro-acoustic music worldwide since 1990, she has released 6 solo CDs on the label Annette Works. Her sound installations have been presented internationally at venues including: ZKM, Karlsruhe; Arnolfini, Bristol; and South London Gallery. In 2006 she received an Award of Distinction, Prix Ars Electronica.
Jana Winderen is an artist and musician based in Oslo. Her work is concerned with finding and revealing sounds from hidden sources, revealing the complexity and strangeness of the unseen world beneath such as oceans and ice crevasses. She is published by Touch, and has released the albums Energy Field in 2010 and Heated: Live in Japan in 2009. In 2011 she won the Golden Nica for Digital Musics and Sound Art at Ars Electronica.
Lee Patterson is an improvising musician and sound artist based in Manchester. He has an interest in overlooked or hidden sounds with particular reference to landscape and natural environments. Patterson has worked with a host of international improvisers and sound artists at a range of European festivals and events. He has collaborated with Phil Durrant, Paul Vogel, Jez Riley French, Graham Halliwell, Rhodri Davies, David Toop and Angharad Davies. He also co-curated (with Ben Gwiliam) the series of live events, Salford Concert Series, in association with the University of Salford.
Commissioned by AV Festival 10 and Environment Agency. Produced by Laura Harrington as part of an artist residency with Environment Agency (funded by the Northumbria Regional Flood Defence Committee and Commissions North). Live performances produced by AV Festival 10 with The Sage Gateshead. World Premiere.