Thursday, 5 February 2015

Kymmata: The gods for playmates







Last week I was part of the 5 day installation and performance exhibition 'Kymmata: The gods for playmates' curated by Lex Blintzios at the O3 Gallery, in Oxford. Over the 5 days I had my photographic score 'un' installed. During the last 2 days a series of performances took place in the space. I had members of the 'Oxford Improvisers' Paul Medley and Martin Hackett on Saturday respond the score with an hour long improvisation. Then on the Sunday dancer Flavia Coube did a silent dance response.

'un' is a photographic installation and an open graphic score. It focuses on the un-noticed shadows of our everyday life and un-heard sounds through improvisation and movement.

I also worked with Macarena Ortuzar on a new piece called 'Aliunde' a collaboration of improvised sound and dance.

Lee Churchill - took the photo from above the performance space of myself and Macarena. Other photos taken by myself of 'un' Installed and Flavia

More info about Kymmata HERE

Saturday, 24 January 2015

January & onwards...

First post of 2015 and the is shaping up. Over the next few months I have a few things happening.

Currently at Salisbury Arts Centre I am one of 7 artists showing work at 'The Space Between' exhibition curated by Fay Stevens "...a thought that encourages an inquisitive approach to how we look at and engage with objects, space, text and the world around us. The space between words/language on the page or screen or surface, the space between our bodies and the materiality of life, spaces between, over or under other spaces and sound spaces, for example" I have an audio recording of my "Piece for bowed metal container and 16 pints of water" installed and I will be performing it on the 21st Feb at the Performance and Symposium day. The exhibition runs from 15th Jan to 22nd Feb. Visit here for More Info

Then from the 28th Jan - 1st Feb, I will be installing my 'un' photographic score at the 'Kymmata - The gods for playmates' exhibition curated by Lex Blintzios "KYMMATA: The gods for playmates formulates an opening for contemporary artists of sound, dance, musical/spoken word and activistic persuasions to collectively channel the processes and relationships they have with their muses. O3 Gallery will function as a hub and platform for this excursion into the oeuvre of creative dialoguing that will be showcased in a five day performance and installation based exhibition" As well as installing 'un' I will be doing a new collaboration with dancer Macarena Ortuzar called 'Aliunde' on the closing day and weekend of performances. Visit here for More Info



I am also doing some curating myself for an exhibition called 'Seeing Sound from Inside-Out' the exhibition is part FaB2015 (Fringe Arts Bath) A festival that runs from 22nd May - 7th June. The call out deadline is 14th Feb.

You are invited to delve deeper into why Sound is the driving force of your work. Within the creative fields we practice, Sound can create auditory experiences with a strong visual presence altering our perception of seeing and hearing. This exhibition asks one question: ‘Can we see beyond Sound?’

I will be posting more about this over coming months, but you can find out more Here and follow on twitter Here

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Hamburg Sounds - Cities and Memory



I have been contributing to 'Cities and Memory' for a while now and last month they had a project called 'Hamburg sounds: a summary' being one of 32 artists involved the project was an exploration of Hamburg using field recordings and over 24 hours on the 3rd November you could hear the original sounds also remixed or re-interpreted by the 32 artists, re-telling the story of the City. Below is a screen shot of the map of City and its sounds.

Visit HERE For more info about 'Hamburg sounds: a summary' and 'Cities and Memory' - How to get involved too!

You can hear my remix of 'Miniatur Wunderland - police chase and classical music performance' Also a couple of previous remixs of St Giles Fair here in Oxford and the Giotto’s Campanile in Florence.









Saturday, 11 October 2014

A Metal + Rubber Band







A Metal + Rubber Band - Was an evening curated by John Grieve at the Old Fire Station Oxford, October 7th. One of the monthly nights hosted by The Oxford Improvisers. Improvised music for cello and metal sheets and music for balloons featuring - John Grieve, Myself, Aya Kasai, Veronica Cordova, Robert Ridley-Shackleton, and Bruno Guastalla. Also featured members of the Oxford Improvisers. Videos and photo by Pier Corona - A good fun night



Where's the Art? CARU Anniversary Party & Show





On 28th September we celebrated CARU's 1st Anniversary with a party and show at the Modern Art Oxford. Entitled 'Where's the Art" It featured a diverse mix of acts and groups. Myself and John Grieve played (pictured). The art (if we call it that nowadays was featured on postcards exhibited temporally in the space for one night only. Each card conceptually introduced art ideas, imagined works, etc.




A recent recording of Myself and John can be heard here



Sunday, 24 August 2014

First post for a couple of months...

A couple of recent collaborations I have worked on, firstly...

I have worked with Nimmi Naidoo on a film she created for her 'Hurst Castle' residency earlier in the year. I collaborated on the soundtrack for the film.

Hurst Castle from Nimmi Naidoo on Vimeo.



Secondly, I made a written response to Charlotte Heffernan's - 'Soundtracking: Oxford' A Sound Walk piece she devised for Audiograft 2014. Both mine and her written pieces are published in the second edition of Vibrations A Journal for creative writing, curative a produced by Veronica Cordova.





I have also been working on remix's for 'False Friends' and 'Flights of Helios' You can hear my 'Bluebird' remix below. I have also been recording sessions with Saxophonist John Grieve, news about this soon.




Sunday, 22 June 2014

Friday 13th - Grief Fest



On Friday 13th June - Pin Drop presented 'Grief Fest' A night of horror and misfortune. Featuring myself and John Grieve (pictured) photos by Aya - Thank you as always. I was invited by our host band 'Flights of Helios' and wanted to do something different so I asked John Grieve to share the stage with me armed with his baritone sax.

We played first really enjoyed playing a debut duo with John and hope to record later in the year. The main support band 'Masiro' are fantastic - Big riffs that mold math metal, instrumental post-rock together in a complex good way, mixing some bands I really enjoy together: Pelican, Isis, The Melvins and Dillinger Escape plan. A big sound for a trio, well worth checking out.

'Flights of Helios' close the night, but something is brewing outside... there set was great, they class themselves as Grief Wave but I think there is more to that, drone looped vocals and samples over pretty good pop songs with a psychedelic twist, Lots of layers. I have actually done a 'Broken No Fix - Remix' for them, that should be out soon. When they have got back from playing Glastonbury this year.

It wouldn't be Friday 13th without horror based visuals that added to the night, some pretty messed up ones too. Meanwhile outside was the biggest storm brewing I have experienced in a long time. It ended an epic memorable evening.

Monday, 16 June 2014

guitar (drag) - Bath (FaB14)



On Saturday 31st May I did a performance of 'guitar (drag)' through the streets of Bath for 'Fringe Arts Bath' (FaB14) part of 'A Dialogue on Nothing in Art' (CARU) Contemporary Arts Research Unit - Photos taken on disposable cameras by Jo, Aya, Teeny and Peta

More photos HERE

Monday, 9 June 2014

Classwar Karaoke 026 & Music For A Good Home - Oxford Edition

I have 2 previously unreleased tracks on 2 very different compilations this month.



The first is on the new 'Classwar Karaoke' compilation - 026. Founded in 2008, Classwar Karaoke is a label dedicated to the release of experimental music and short-films as a quarterly survey. This compilation features some good friends, with a total of 94 tracks of music/sound art and 17 short films. The track 'Nothing Intended With This Experiment' is a noisy improvised number.

You can find out more about 'Classwar Karaoke' and get the compilation - HERE or HERE




Secondly, I have a LR/GW track 'Heaven's Silver Shadow' on the Audioscope 'Music For A Good Home, Oxford Edition' A compilation of 19 bands/acts from Oxford. This compilation is raising money for the homelessness charity Shelter. For £4 you get all 19 tracks with all proceeds going to the charity. I am proud to be part of such a fantastic lineup of great music.

Pre-order the compilation or purchase it on the 16th June - HERE also check out the other exciting compilations featuring some great bands/acts from all over the world

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

A Dialogue on Nothing in Art 'un' (FaB14)







un by Lee Riley



Part of the CARU (Contemporary Art Research Unit) 'A Dialogue on Nothing in Art' Exhibition at Fringe Arts Bath (FaB14) in FaB3 - Cheap Street, Bath 23rd May - 8th June. During the exhibition musicians and dancers are invited to interpret the photos as a graphic score.