Mercury Over Maps #9. Saturday 16th February 19:30

We’re  pleased to announce the 9th event of Bill Thompson’s extended residency at Hundred Years Gallery – Mercury Over Maps

The evening will feature three sets: Iris Garrelfs and Viv Corringham (duet), Spencer GradyPhil Julian and Mark Wastell (trio),  and Bill Thompson (solo).

Iris Garrelfs works on the cusp of music, art and technology across improvised performance, multi-channel installation and fixed media projects. She is interested in the relationship between listening to and thinking about our world. She often uses her voice

Her work has been presented nationally and internationally, including Tate Britain, National Gallery London, Royal Academy of Arts (London), fruityspace (Beijing), Palazzo delle Esposizioni (Rome), MC Gallery (New York), Transmedia Borders (Mexico). Residencies have included Grizedale Art, Institute of Modern Art Celje (Slovenia), Onassis Cultural Centre (Athens).

Garrelfs lectures in Sonic Art at Goldsmiths, University of London where she also co-heads the Sound Practice Research Unit. She also edits of the open access journal Reflections on Process in Sound.

Viv Corringham is a vocalist and sound artist who has worked internationally since the late 1970s. Her work includes performance, multi channel installations, radio andsoundwalks. It has been presented recently at Issue Project Room New York Electronic Art festival, Hong Kong Arts Centre Multichannel festival, Bangalore, Calcutta and Delhi, India, Tokyo, Ohrenhoch Sound Gallery Berlin, Taipei, Shantou China, Onassis Centre Athens Borderline festival, Institute of Contemporary Art London Soundworks, Brussels Tempo al Tempo festival, London Discovery festival, The Alp-Adriatic Region Echoes from Invisible Landscapes and Superbudda Torino, plus work as artist mentor in Manila and Hong Kong (soundpocket). She is a 2012 and 2006 McKnight Composer Fellow through American Composers Forum, has an MA in Sonic Art from Middlesex University London and is certified to teach Deep Listening by Pauline Oliveros.

“Ululating, humming and chanting to produce not language but a present soundscape” (The Wire)

“ethno–cyber-punk diva Viv Corringham’s voice is a truly wonderful thing, haunting and out-there, yet rooted in tradition. Unmissable.”  (Richard Sanderson, programme notes)

Spencer Grady balances his love for country, bluegrass and folk idioms with an inquisitive approach to music-making that has inevitably led him to fathom the potentials of improvisation. Most usually found making phantasmal porch music as one half of Padang Food Tigers, who’ve previously released records on Northern Spy, Bathetic, Scissor Tail Editions and Blackest Rainbow, he has more recently recorded with Mark Wastell and contributed bowed banjo to the latter’s ever-morphing collective, The Seen.

Phil Julian is a UK based composer and improviser active since the late 1990’s principally working with modular electronic devices and computers.

Audio works by Julian (and under the Cheapmachines alias) have been published on labels including Entr’acte, Banned Production, The Tapeworm, Harbinger Sound, Confront Recordings, Conditional, Staalplaat (Open Circuit imprint), con-v, Beartown Records as well as numerous compilation appearances.

He also runs the Authorised Version label.

Julian has collaborated on remixes, recordings and performances with Tomas Korber, Michael Renkel, Jason Kahn, Daniel Jones, Kostis Kilymis, Tom Mudd, Angharad Davies, John Macedo, Dominic Lash, Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga, Andie Brown, Dale Cornish, Ryan Jordan, Maurizio Bianchi, Nihilist Assault Group, The New Blockaders and GX Jupitter-Larsen of The Haters as well as being a member of the improvised drone ensemble Signals with Mark Beazley and Chris Gowers and performing as part of Mark Wastell’s improvising group The Seen.

Mark Wastell has been active as a musician since 1995, making his initial concerts with the trio IST featuring Rhodri Davies and Simon H. Fell. He has performed and recorded extensively and has collaborated with the likes of Derek Bailey, John Butcher, Evan Parker, Lasse Marhaug, John Tilbury, Mattin, Mark Sanders, Tony Conrad, Tim Barnes, Bernhard Günter, Keith Rowe, John Zorn, Peter Kowald, Joachim Nordwall, Otomo Yoshihide, Burkhard Beins, Paul Dunmall, David Toop, Alan Wilkinson, Max Eastley, Hugh Davies, Julie Tippetts and David Sylvian. Mark also runs the Confront Recordings record label.

Bill Thompson is a sound artist and composer. He performs as a soloist and with a number of groups including M/H/T with Jan Hendrickse and Tom Mudd, Airfield with choreographer Ian Spink, and in the past with Keith Rowe, Faust, EXAUDI and others.

Although originally trained as a guitarist, Thompson has worked with live electronics for the better part of 15 years. Since 2016/17, however, he has returned to guitar using one built by Moog combining built in electronics with miscellaneous table top devices, found objects, flashing lights, and the occasional vibrator.

He has earned numerous awards and commissions including the PRS for New Music ATOM award, the GAVAA visual arts award, a PRS for New Music Three Festival commission, the 2010 Aberdeen Visual Arts Award, and was nominated for the Paul Hamlyn Award in 2012.

Mercury Over Maps is an extended residency by Bill Thompson at Hundred Years Gallery featuring performances, installations and talks with various collaborators and guest artists.

Door 7:30 | music 8pm | entry £5

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