12 July: Performance (special event)
Aural Terrains Showcase: Chrysakis, Wigens, Vidal, O'Sullivan | 8:30-9:30pm | (S//S Project Space) wegottickets.com/event/166550
Label Biography: AURAL TERRAINS label started in 2007 as a platform for like-minded composers/musicians who work with the different terrains and depths of sound with rigour and integrity. The aim was – and still is – to disseminate exploratory contemporary music in its different manifestations. It focuses on electroacoustics, composed and improvised music with an emphasis to the spectral dimension of sound. auralterrains.com
Artists Biographies: Thanos Chrysakis’ output consists of composition, performance, and installation. He was born in Athens in 1971, residing in the UK since 1998. His work has appeared on various independent labels, and events in several countries. He composes for electronics, acoustic instruments and environmental sounds, focusing on the structural and aesthetic capacity of sonic matter. His work was amongst the selected works at the International Competition de Musique et d'Art Sonore Electroacoustiques de Bourges 2005, in the category œuvre d'art sonore électroacoustique, while received an honorary mention in 2006 at the 7th International Electroacoustic Competition Musica Viva in Lisbon. Recent compositions include: ΜΑΓΜΑ (Monochrome Vision 2011) Subterranean Sky (Aural Terrains 2010), EIRMOS I / II (for Wilfrido Terrazas [solo flute/bass flute] 2011), ERRINA (for Alexander Bruck [solo viola] 2011). His current performing projects are: a Trio with Wade Matthews and Dario Bernal-Villegas, a duo with Wade Matthews, and the trio ‘Syneuma’ with James O’Sullivan and Jerry Wigens.
James O'Sullivan is a London-based electric guitar player. He has performed in numerous groupings of musicians, many of whom he met through Eddie Prevost's weekly improvisational workshop. In addition, he is the founder, alongside longtime friend and collaborator David Hurn, of Four Seasons Television, which explores the relationship between improvisation, composition, recording and performance. His activities span the two poles from free improvisation to more 'composed' song forms. He has collaborated with songwriters, improvisors, improvising songwriters and other permutations of these elements in an attempt to unpack ideas of terms such as 'free', 'composed', 'technique', 'melody', 'noise', 'rhythm' and 'improvise'.
Jerry Wigens is an improviser and composer who plays guitar and clarinet. Most of his musical activity has taken place in London although he has also performed in Zurich, Geneva, Berlin and Athens. His interest in improvisation started at an early age and he attended John Stevens' workshops at the age of nineteen. Since then he has worked in various musical contexts including rock, jazz and contemporary classical and has performed with Eddie Prevost, George Lewis, Sylvia Hallett and Walter Cardew, among many others. He has also had work performed by guitarist Alan Thomas and contemporary ensemble Vamos. He has studied with Roger Redgate and participates in Eddie Prévost's workshop sessions which he has occasionally convened in Prévost's absence. He also plays guitar in prog/improv band Astrakan.
Artur Vidal was born in León, Spain, and grew up in Paris, where he completed his degree in Art History at the University of Paris I Sorbonne. His musical studies include workshops and courses with Francisco López, Lê Quan Ninh, Fred Frith and Eddie Prevost, with on-site work in Capadoccia, the Amazon, Paris and Trièves, among others. His sound-art work revolves around field recordings, dance, “site-specific” works and improvised music, for which he is currently developing a new setup involving electro-acoustic manipulation of the alto saxophone and amplified objects. He has performed in many countries including performances with his duo, ‘Relentless’, and collaborations with musicians such as Ingar Zach, Wade Matthews, Thanos Chrysakis and Alexander Bruck, among others.