This live performance for voice makes use of the unique acoustics of the Civic Centre entrance dome. It represents the Equinox as the equal point between night and day, and takes us through multiple time cycles. The performance, by Susan Stenger and Attila Csihar, took place within the last 30-minute cycle of Stenger’s sound installation The Structures of Everyday Life: Full Circle.
The Structures of Everyday Life: Full Circle unites Western harmony and Eastern philosophy to mark both the birth and death of John Cage. It responds to the unique acoustics of the Civic Centre entrance dome by slowly building and dismantling dense drones in evolving cycles. Across a six-hour day, time is unfolded on multiple scales, across clock time, lunar waxing/waning, and seasonal celestial cycles. Full Circle embodies the unity of constancy and change reflected in the I Ching.
Susan Stenger was born in Buffalo, New York. After intensive classical flute studies in Prague and New York, she joined Petr Kotik's Brooklyn-based SEM Ensemble and devoted herself to performing music of twentieth century composers, including John Cage, Christian Wolff and Phill Niblock. She soon began making her own work for flute and electronics, as well as touring with Rhys Chatham's all-electric-guitar band. In 1986 she joined Robert Poss in founding seminal guitar group Band of Susans, who went on to release nine critically acclaimed CDs.
After moving to London in 1996, Stenger formed performance group The Brood and all-bass-band Big Bottom, and began collaborating with acclaimed dancer/choreographer Michael Clark. In 2006 she created a 96-day sound installation as part of Soundtrack For An Exhibition, presented at Musée d'Art Contemporain de Lyon. Stenger has toured as bassist with John Cale and Nick Cave and has composed projects with writer/filmmaker Iain Sinclair since 2007 for Analog Festival, Dublin; and Sketch Gallery, London. She is currently working on a new composition for the Kronos Quartet.
Attila Csihar is a Hungarian black metal vocalist, best known for his vocal work with Mayhem and Sunn O))). His music career began in 1985 in the Hungarian metal band Tormentor, which reached cult status in black metal circles with their first album, Anno Domini. On the strength of his work in Tormentor, he was invited to perform vocals on the De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas album by Norwegian black metal band Mayhem. He has recorded five full-length albums with the American doom/drone metal band Sunn O))), including their most recent release Monoliths & Dimensions, and performed live with the band on their worldwide tours. He is also in the Burial Chamber Trio with Greg Anderson of Sunn O))) and Oren Ambarchi, and in part of Gravetemple with Stephen O'Malley of Sunn O))) and Oren Ambarchi. He has been developing his solo work since 2008.
Commissioned by AV Festival 12. World Premiere. Supported by PRS for Music Foundation.