Mercury Over Maps #7. Saturday 20th October 19:30

The 7th installment event of the extended residency at Hundred Years Gallery by Bill Thompson aka prof_lofi

Bill Thompson is a video and sound artist living in the UK. He is a self-described throwback to the 60s and enjoys breaking things to hear what they sound like

John Bowers (UK) works with modular synthesisers, home-brew electronics, reconstructions of antique image and sound-making devices, self-made software, field recordings and esoteric sensor systems. He makes performance environments which mix sound, image and gesture at a fundamental material level, sometimes accompanied by spoken text. His practice often combines improvised performance with walking, urban exploration and the investigation of selected sites to conduct research in an imagined discipline he calls ‘mythogeosonics’. He has performed at festivals including the collateral programme of the Venice Biennale, Transmediale/CTM Vorspiel Berlin, Piksel Bergen, Electropixel Nantes, BEAM Uxbridge and Spill Ipswich, and toured with the Rambert Dance Company performing David Tudor’s music to Merce Cunningham’s Rainforest. He contributed to the design of The Prayer Companion – a piece exhibited twice at the Museum Of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, and acquired for their permanent collection. Amongst many musical collaborations, he works with Sten-Olof Hellström, Tim Shaw and in the noise drone band Tonesucker. He helps coordinate the label Onoma Research and works in Culture Lab and Fine Art, Newcastle University.

Latest solo release as Listener Unknown: First Report, available at racolage.xxx and various porn sites

Latest release with Tonesucker: Memento Mori

With Sten-Olof Hellström: Sine Cera, Manifest Award nominee, 2013.

Live performance: Stookie John Comes To Belfast 

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Sylvia Hallett is a multi-instrumentalist and composer moving between violin, Norwegian Hardanger fiddle, saw, accordion, electronics, bowed bicycle wheel and other found objects.

She has played in international festivals since the late 1970s, working with several well-known and respected musicians, including David Toop, the late Lol Coxhill, Alasdair Roberts, Evan Parker, and the groups Accordions Go Crazy, LaXula, British Summer Time Ends, Heliocentrics, Arc,The London Improvisers Orchestra, and the London Hardingfelelag. She also performs in duo with shakuhachi player Clive Bell, with Mike Adcock, with Anna Homler (Californian vocalist), with poet Amy Cutler, and with trumpeter Chris Dowding.

Projects with dance and theatre companies include collaborations with the dancer/choreographers h2dance – Hanna Gillgren and Heidi Rustgaard (“Strangers and Others” 2017), Miranda Tufnell (“Pneuma” 2015), Jacky Lansley (“About Us” 2018), Emilyn Claid, Eva Karczag and Chris Crickmay, and the Suffolk-based Wonderful Beast theatre company.

She has performed and musically directed during world tours of the Young Vic’s “Grimm Tales”, and The Royal Shakespeare Company’s productions of “Comedy of Errors” , “Tales from Ovid” and “Canterbury Tales”. In the last few years she has made work for Opera North’s community partner programme working alongside actor Anthony Haddon. Other commissions include incidental music for many BBC Radio Plays, eg. “Kings” and Virginia Woolf’s “Kew Gardens” (narrated by Juliet Stevenson), also short dance films directed by Takako Nakasu.

She has performed solo outdoors at the beautiful Museo Wolf Vostell (founded by the Fluxus artist), Caceres, Spain, and in 2015 she was invited to make a solo site-specific sound installation/performance in an Italian hilltop vineyard for the Livio Felluga quality wine company.

As well as numerous CD’s with other musicians, Sylvia has released three solo CDs, two on the MASH label, comprising songs, improvisations, and sounds from found objects. Her 3rd solo release, White Fog on the EMANEM label features the bowed bicycle wheel.

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Chris Dowding is a trumpeter and workshop leader currently based in Norwich.

He plays with the bands Natural Causes and Rude 2.0 (with the trombonist Annie Whitehead), and leads the Moonrise Trio.

He has led workshops with Dartington (several times – including twice as band-in-residence, with Natural Causes, at their Interrogate! Festival), with Spitalfields Music, and at End of the Road Festival. He has recently been working with the Norwich-based charity Musical Keys on several different projects, including making graphic scores, improvising with apps, and writing songs about Norfolk.

He played flugelhorn for Opera North’s ‘Songs at a Years End’ production (about the end of the miners strike, composed by Hugh Nankivell, with words by poet Ian McMillan) and performs regularly at the Vortex Jazz Club and other venues in London, Norwich and around the UK.

More recently, Chris performed for ‘Long Time Coming’, a performance about the new South Devon Highway, performed by the unique creative community choir The Choral Engineers, alongside musicians from Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. He has also been recording for the new album by eclectic and topical brother and sister duo Diego Brown and the Good Fairy.

He is currently working on his debut solo album, currently called ‘This Love’. He hopes to promote this quite studio-based album with a new suite about different places in East Anglia, called ‘Open Worlds’, with the Moonrise Trio and community involvement.

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