Music : Matt Atkins & Phil Durrant / Iris Garrelfs & Tansy Spinks. Friday 18th November 19:30

Two duos and a quartet

Matt Atkins – objects, percussion, cassette recorders
Phil Durrant – amplified objects & electronics
Iris Garrelfs – voice & electronics
Tansy Spinks – violin, voice, objects & electronics

Doors 7.30 music 8.00pm | £8 cash

Matt Atkins
Matt Atkins is a London based sound and visual artist whose principle interests are reductionism, chance, repetition and texture. He uses objects, percussion instruments, occasionally a laptop and cassette recorders to create sound collages in both the recorded medium and live, often in collaborative performances.

Phil Durrant
Born near London in 1957, Phil Durrant is a multi-instrumentalist improviser/composer/sound artist who currently performs solo and group concerts.

As a violinist (and member of the Butcher/Russell/Durrant trio), he was one of the key exponents of the “group voice approach” style of improvised music. In the late 90s, his trio with Radu Malfatti and Thomas Lehn represented a shift to a more “reductionist” approach.

Recently, he has been performing solo and duo concerts with Bill Thompson, Mark Wastell, as well as his seven-piece group ‘If Herbie Went West Coast’, using a modular synthesizer system. As a mandolinist, he has been performing duos with Martin Vishnick, Richard Scott, Daniel Thompson and Emil Karlsen. He also performs in a trio with Emil Karlsen and Maggie and another trio with Olie Brice and Andrew Lisle.

Durrant still performs regularly with the acoustic/electronic group Trio Sowari (with Bertrand Denzler and Burkhard Beins) and Mark Wastell’s The SEEN.

Iris Garrelfs
Iris Garrelfs works on the cusp of music, art and technology across improvised performance, multi-channel installation and fixed media projects, often using her voice as raw material. Her work has featured in places such as Iklectik, Café Oto, Tate Britain, Hundred Years Gallery, 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). With a PhD from CRiSAP (UAL), Garrelfs is the pathway convenor of the MMus Sonic Art at Goldsmiths, University of London where she also co-heads the Sound Practice Research Unit.

Tansy Spinks
Artist, photographer, performer, live-improviser, sound and video maker, Tansy Spinks is currently researching means of listening, materiality in sound-making and site-specific sound as a live, performative practice.
Sound projects include The Lab of Sonic Possibility and Whitstable Biennale fringe events for Sounding Shore, with Iris Garrelfs, the Text Scores of Place series, the improvising Tuned Out Art Ensemble at Middlesex, The Sound Bureau project space in Brixton, investigations into Hearing Narratives in literature, with novelist Adam Lively and live responses to film (at APT gallery, for Anne Robinson’s film, The Hurrier, 2021) and to the paintings of Monica Sjoo (at Beaconsfield Gallery, 2022). She is a member/participant of the London Improvisor’s orchestra and Eddie Prevost’s London Improviser’s Workshop.

With a PhD from LCC, Fine Art degree, MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art, London and a Licentiate of the Guildhall School of Music, London, she is also a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Middlesex University.
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