The Chimes Hour

The Chimes Hour

Saturday 1 November 7pm

Jennifer Walshe – composer
Lee Patterson – sound Artist/composer
Angharad Davies – violin
Lucy Railton – cello
Aldeburgh Young Musicians

Join an atmospheric tour of Aldeburgh Music’s Hoffmann Building, where fragments of sound will emerge from open doors to attract you towards them. The Chimes Hour presents a journey through a series of musical scenes, drawing inspiration from the secrets of the building and its surrounding environment.

Inspired by the Suffolk folk belief that children born at the hours when church bells tolled had the ability to discern ‘happenings hidden from the sight of lesser mortals’, The Chimes Hour explores the liminal soundworlds contained within the fabric of the Hoffmann Building and around Snape, responding to them with improvised and composed music to create an experience that is constantly in flux.

The source material for the piece has been collected through close recording techniques applied to the structure of the building itself and the flora and fauna surrounding it. Inspired by local Anglo Saxon myth, the sounds of the Suffolk Punch, the writings of George Ewart Evans (resident of Blaxhall, Suffolk 1948-1988). Within The Chimes Hour unheard sounds coexist with the heard, audience coexist with performers, and facts coexist with myth.

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Lee Patterson has kindly shared some early work for the project – two samples of the field recordings he made during a visit to Aldeburgh Music earlier in the year:

About the artists

Jennifer Walshe

without a doubt, hers is the most original compositional voice to emerge in Ireland in the last 20 years – The Irish Times

[Walshe is] a highly accomplished vocalist and improv performer – The Financial Times

Walshe is both a highly original composer and vocal performer, producing works for ensemble such as XXX Live Nude Girls, an opera featuring Barbie Dolls used as puppets enacting the story, and smaller pieces for solo vocalists. Her work often uses the human voice in unexpected ways, and performances often incorporate improvisation, performance and video projections.

Since 2007 she has developed Grúpat, an art collective made up of 12 different alter-egos assumed by Jennifer and created compositions, installations, graphic scores, films, photography, sculptures and fashion under these alter egos.

Of her work, Jennifer says:

the sounds I am interested in include those that we hear all the time but are normally considered flawed or redundant: twigs snapping in a burning fire, paper tearing, breathing, instrumental sounds that aren’t considered ‘beautiful’ in standard terms. I think these sounds have their own beauty in the way that pebbles on a beach or graffiti can have.

See one of Jennifer’s most recent compositions, ‘Training is the Opposite’ in this video:

Women Box from A Gregg on Vimeo.

Lee Patterson

Lee Patterson is a sound artist who creates works based on field recordings that draw out sophisticated complex sounds from objects that might previously have been considered mute. He has used his observations and recordings to create a variety of performances including environmental sound, improvised music, film soundtrack, radio and installation.

Listen to a fascinating collection of Lee’s recordings here on The Wire.

Lee’s performance at Cafe Oto:

Shadazz @ Cafe Oto: Lee Patterson from The Wire Magazine on Vimeo.

Angharad Davies

Angharad Davies is a violinist, one at ease in both improvising and composition, with a wide discography as part of varied range of ensembles and groups. She’s a specialist in the art of ‘preparing’ her violin, adding objects or materials to it to extend its sound making properties. Her sensitivity to the sonic possibilities of musical situations and attentiveness to their shape and direction make her one of contemporary music’s most fascinating figures.

Lucy Railton

Cellist Lucy Railton is a soloist, curator and collaborator. She trained at the New England Conservatory in Boston and the Royal Academy of Music in London, graduating in 2008. Her work has since focused on the performance and development of contemporary music, and creation of new work. She is also co-director and co-founder of the London Contemporary Music Festival.

Aldeburgh Young Musicians

Aldeburgh Young Musicians(AYM) is Aldeburgh Music’s programme for exceptionally talented young musicians. Participants from the programme will make up part of the ensemble who will be taking part in this performance.

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