Music : Mercury Over Maps 14: Cath Roberts/Greg White/Emily Collinson/Bill Thompson. Saturday 3rd September 19:30

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.

Mercury Over Maps 14  returns to Hundred Years Gallery with sets by Cath Roberts (solo), Greg White & Emily Collinson (duo) and  Yoni Silver & Bill Thompson (duo).

Doors 7.30 | music 8pm | £8 cash

Emily Pahlawan Collinson is a British-Iraqi musician and performance artist. She primarily draws from her background in dance to bring attention to the implicit physicality and theatricality of sound, and she uses improvisation to combine operatic and extended vocal techniques with gesture.

Emily regularly works in collaboration with international artists including composer/performer Anna Semple, repetiteur/conductor Mark Tatlow, singer/performer Emma Bonnici, circus-artist/performer Kathia Pamela Perich, choreographer/performer Gabriella Engdahl, and chamber ensembles across the UK and Europe. As a soprano, upcoming vocal engagements include collaborations with the Rosa Ensemble (NL) and the Nederlands Kammerkoor, and solo recitals with artists from the O’Modernt ensemble in Stockholm, Sweden.

Emily also regularly works as a facilitator in community and educational contexts, most notably with the East-London based organisation, ‘Drum Works’.

Cath Roberts’ work explores free improvisation, composition and the music at their meeting point. Her primary outlet as a composer and improviser on baritone saxophone is the band Sloth Racket, which has toured widely and released several albums. She also improvises using live electronics and objects.

As bandmate, Cath is a member of several groups including Madwort Sax Quartet, Article XI and MoonMot. She has a long-standing duo with guitarist Anton Hunter (Ripsaw Catfish), as well as regular collaborations with Tullis Rennie, Benedict Taylor, Otto Willberg, Seth Bennett and others. Cath co-runs LUME with Dee Byrne, producing concerts, tours and festivals since 2013 and releasing music on their offshoot label Luminous. With Tom Ward and Colin Webster she organises BRÅK, an improvised music series taking place in Brockley, South East London.

Greg White is an artist, musician, and educator specialising in experimental music and modular synthesis, currently based in London, U.K. He is driven by process, improvisation, and collaboration. His artistic works utilise chance, texture, and duration to explore ideas of perception, emergence, and intent. Greg has undertaken international residencies with artists including Phill Niblock, Kara-Lis Coverdale, Lea Bertucci, Jorge Boehringer, Tim Shaw, and Benny Greb. Education is a fundamental part of Greg’s practice: as well as creating online educational resources for experimental music, he has taught compositional programming at the University of Surrey (Guildford, U.K.) and delivers talks and guest lecturers internationally. As part of Drum Works, an artistic associate of the Barbican, Greg delivers group drum workshops to empower young people.

Yoni Silver is a bass clarinetist and multi-instrumentalist operating in-between the fields of free-improvisation, noise, composition, and performance.

He has performed with artists such as John Edwards, Charles Hayward, Sophie Agnel, Tim Hodgkinson, Catherine Lamb, Thurston Moore, Angharad Davies, Toshimaru Nakamura, Steve Noble, Birgit Ulher, Stephen O’Malley, Oren Ambarchi, Ghédalia Tazartès, John Butcher, Ashley Paul, and many others.

Some of his current projects include Charles Hayward’s band Abstract Concrete, RAY with Ashley Paul and Otto Willberg, and Iancu Dumitrescu’s and (the late) Ana-Maria Avram’s Hyperion Ensemble which he has been a member of since 2011.

Yoni’s solo and collaborative work appears on labels such as Creative Sources, Editions Modern, Aural Terrains, Confront Recordings, Chocolate Monk, Shrike Records, Beartown Records, and Hideous Replica.

Bill Thompson is a sound artist and composer. He performs regularly as a soloist as well as in a number of groups including The Seen, zerøspace, and Airfield (with Ian Spink), and duos with Phil Durrant, Phil Maguire, Richard Sanderson and Yoni Silver. Past collaborations include performances 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. In recent years he has returned to guitar using one built by Moog combining it with 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.


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