A post on http://ansnagbreac.blogspot.ie/ about the Hunters Moon Festival Score Trail 2013. Caroline and Jennifer Walshe invited a number of artists to visually respond to graphic scores from invited composers and the results were distributed throughout the Dock Arts Centre and the town of Carrick-On-Shannon.
My piece, Wire Music, After Bettystown was a response to Japanese performer/composer/sound poet Tomomi Adachi's graphic score For Piano and 2 Graters.
Here is a link to a pdf of all of the work in the Score Trail. Features Erin Gee, D. Edward Davis, Travis Just, Anthony Kelly, John Godfrey, Joe Kudirka, James Saunders, Tomomi Adachi, Karen Power, Anton Lukoszevieze, Danny McCarthy, Amnon Wolman, Istvan Zelenka, Alvin Curran, Paul McGuire, Jennifer Walshe, Sandra Lulei, Vicky Langan, Natalia Beylis, Felicity Ford, Caroline Walshe, Gavin Prior.
Keep an eye out for my small contribution to the Wire's 2013 Rewind issue.
I give a rundown of some of my favourite releases, reissues and personal highlights of 2013.
A Live Improvised, Experimental, Durational Performance
A collaboration between Red Bird Youth Collective, Dominic Thorpe (Performance Artist) and Vicky Langan (Sound Artist).
Red Bird Youth Collective’s experimental performance ‘Waking Playthings’ will take place from 4.00- 5.30pm on the 7th of December in Nun’s Island Theatre. This performance is the end result of a collaboration between performance artist Dominic Thorpe and sound artist Vicky Langan. This project is kindly supported by The Arts Council under The Youth Ensemble Scheme.
This collaboration began in September 2013 and took the form of weekly workshops in Galway Arts Centre where Thorpe and Langan shared ideas around performance and introduced various approaches to working with live art.The workshops ranged from interaction with materials to vocal improvisation, with a strong emphasis on experimentation and exploration. This project will tour to The GrainStore in 2014. This is Red Bird’s fourth collaborative project, their last project was the creation of an original film entitled ‘Belong’ with Jonathan Sammon and Ruadhrí Brennan. In 2014 they will pursue an architectural project with architect Dominic Stevens and visual artist Ruth Le Gear under the ‘Engaging with Architecture Award’ from The Arts Council.
Dominic Thorpe is a visual artist working primarily through the body in live performance. Through his practice he often engages with subject matter that has significant social importance. He is a co-director of Unit1 performance art and is currently a resident at the Fire Station Artists Studios, Dublin.
Vicky Langan's performance practice operates across several often overlapping fields, chiefly live art, sound, and film. In 2009, Langan founded Black Sun Cork, a platform for world-class underground music and experimental cinema in Ireland. Langan co-organises the Avant, an annual festival for Contemporary Arts in Cork
Admission is free and no booking is required for performance. Audience may come and go as they please through out.
This screening is part of a whole programme of films Max and I have made. Also showing: Contact, Wölflinge 17/11/'10, Light/Sound,Hereunder, Desk 13 and Dirt.
Our programme is, in turn, part of a six-programme series devoted to New Irish Underground Film, specifically by members of Experimental Film Society, curated by Donal Foreman. Dean Kavanagh's superb feature A Harbour Town is also playing on the 21st. Full details here.
Tangled And Far is the most recent collaboration between Vicky Langan and Maximilian Le Cain. Drawing on footage of Langan’s performances over the past two years, as well as scenes specifically shot for this video, it foregrounds the overlap between intimate domestic detail and its reflection in Langan’s performance work. The private and public projections of her presence and actions collapse into each other in this phantasmagoric continuum of alternate selves and self-images to form a fractured dream portrait.
Cork Film Centre Gallery and The Guesthouse present Seesound 2013, a day of film/sound screenings, performances and installations by Experimental Film Society and friends, in association with IndieCork.
Sun Oct 20th, 12.30 - 6.30pm, Cork Film Centre Gallery, Ballincollig, Co. Cork
Initiated by The Guesthouse, Seesound is a unique artist-led initiative that enables sound artists, musicians and moving image-makers to form new collaborations to explore the effective relationship between sound and image. The 2013 edition, taking place on October 20th as part of the IndieCork Festival, is a collaboration between Experimental Film Society, The Guesthouse and Cork Film Centre, which will take the form of a day of screenings, performances and installations. This year, the venue for Seesound will be Cork Film Centre Gallery in Ballincollig, Co. Cork.Read More
And somewhat related to the tape, here's a teeny excerpt from a TUSK review that Rich Hughes did for the Liminal:
Antidotes to the noise came in the form of more rustic and acoustic artists that littered the bill. Meitheal (an Irish word for a work team or gang), a trio of Mike Gangloff, Vicky Langan and David Colohan, played folk songs, tinged with ancient lore. Prior to singing, Langan and Colohan passed between them an old folk songbook which they used for direct inspiration and the set had the feeling of something ritualistic, with each member taking the lead for one piece. The semi-improvised cries slow harmonium drones, while Gangloff’s violin was allowed to sweep and soar.
Photo by Andy Newcombe
Dominique Monot and Vicky Langan
At an airport on the island of Hai-Wan, a young boy witnesses a failed assassination attempt. The assassin, a young woman called Mei, abducts the boy and brings him to her superior, the Metal Dragon. The Metal Dragon is the last of an old order of immortals living secretly in Hai-Wan. He resides on the top floor of the Gold Hotel, from where, via "all-seeing" security surveillance, he presides over the four dragons of the island's districts. These dragons are mortal men. Despite Mei's objections the Metal Dragon imparts the secret of long life to the boy before banishing him onto the streets of Hai-Wan.
The End Of The Earth Is My Home is a modern fantasy inspired by elements from the traditional Asian Stories of the Monkey King and Bram Stoker's Dracula, combined with the writer/director's travel experience.
The film was made over the winter and spring of 2011 / 2012 with a micro-budget raised by crowdfunding. The film uses very few CG effects, most of the effects being achieved in-camera with back-projections, models and other old studio techniques.
The film has an international cast and an original soundtrack by European Sensoria Band, in collaboration with some of the cast.
Directed by Alan Lambert
Mike Gangloff is best known as a member of drone improvisers Pelt and Spiral Joy Band, as well as Appalachian old-time outfit The Black Twig Pickers. In March of last year he performed at one of Vicky Langan's Black Sun events in Cork, alongside David Colohan's Raising Holy Sparks, and the Cork Sacred Harp Singers, with which Langan is involved. The three musicians played a short piece togethe
r to close the show. The trio, now named
, reconvened to appear at Newcastle's Tusk Festival in October.
The material here is largely culled from the Sacred Harp tradition, with vocals backed by Gangloff and Langan's twin fiddles and
Colohan's harmonium and shruti box drones. On the Tusk recording, each member sings lead in turn (culminating in what may be Colohan's finest recorded vocal to
date). The unadorned, unaffected approach allows the musicians' characters, and the traditions that shaped them, to shine through. In this way the music effortlessly reunites the folk traditions of Ireland and the Southern United States, while being informed by the hillbilly drone of Henry Flynt. Songs that date from as far back as the 19th century are placed in an unusual yet sympathetic context, retaining their directness and emotional power.
This release consists of both the Cork and Newcastle sets, as well as a rehearsal prior to the latter, and so contains Meitheal
's entire recorded work to date.
Mike Gangloff - voice & fiddle
Vicky Langan - voice & fiddle
David Colohan - voice, harmonium & shruti box
1.1: Recorded by Sam Grant, October 6th 2012 at the Tusk Festival in The Star & Shadow, Newcastle Upon Tyne, England.
2.1: Recorded March 8th 2012 at Black Sun in Plugd, Cork, Ireland during a solar storm.
2.2: Recorded October 6th 2012 during rehearsals for the Tusk set.
Artwork by David Colohan.
Pan illustration from 1920 songbook of "The Quaker Singer", David Bispham.
Thanks to Lee Etherington (Tusk), Sam Grant and Carapace.
Numbered edition of 100. Includes download code.
This programme of contemporary experimental film features new work by Irish-based members of Experimental Film Society.
It is presented as part of
- a new collaborative initiative between UCC, Corcadorca Theatre Development Centre and Plugd Records.Read More