I was absolutely delighted to be part of the opening of the Beton 7 Festival in Athens on 4th June 2018. The event opened with an introduction by curator Demosthenes Agrafiotis, followed by my solo performance When Night Comes, screenings of Wendy Kirkup’s two films Touches Bloquees and film from a score, and a Q + A session with Wendy and me in conversation with Simon Murray.
After the opening the festival runs from 5th – 17th June 2018. The theme of the festival was “Visions-V_Ideas, Performances”…
“Visions-V_ideas, Performances” celebrates 5 years since its launch at BETON7. In April 2014, it was stated that the set of actions of the festival aimed at exploring the interface between performance and video in the specific frame of the Votanikos neighbourhood – the site of BETON7, Center for the Arts.
A review may be necessary, not in the sense of a conclusion but an assessment for future adjustments. According to a terminology, performance is at the crossroad of the living arts (arts vivants), which rely on the human body as the main tool, in order to found its artistic idiosyncrasy or specificity (dance for example) and the visual arts, where physical elements allow to shape primarily spatial structures (e.g. sculpture). At this crossroad, the video is entering, which is the field, the opportunity to create a new version of what is happening at the aforementioned crossroad from aesthetic and social point of view.”
Many thanks to Rania and Demosthenes for their invitation, welcome and hospitality.
When Night Comes is a solo performance created in dialogue with Wendy Kirkup’s art film film from a score.
In the film, I performed Berio’s Sequenza III for solo voice. After Wendy’s films were selected to be screened at the Beton 7 Festival in Athens, I was invited to perform at the opening as a response to the film before the screening.
The performance is improvised. I draw inspiration and gestures from both my knowledge of Berio’s score and the compositional and material aesthetic of the film itself.
The performance and screenings originally took place at the 5th Edition of the Beton 7 Festival in Athens, Greece
Opening of the Beton 7 Festival, Athens, Greece
Arising from a current strand of exploration around ideas of impermanence and the ephemeral, At First Light, a vocal meditation, was inspired by the play of light at sunrise and a notion that each moment may be filled with the past, present and future. The process of making the piece involved repeated exploration of the material ideas using a simple MAXMSP patch, with the final work being created in a single real-time improvisation. While a version of the piece was ultimately fixed to become At First Light, inherent in the process and the material is an idea of transient evolution – emergence, cycle and decay.
Sonic Bothy was one of several Glasgow Life/City Council partnered projects submitted to the National Music Council Awards, and was very excited to receive the Paritor Award for New Music in Education. Read more about the Paritor Award and other winners at the National Music Council website.
Read more about Sonic Bothy inclusive new music ensemble here.