Dates and Times
Sat 26 Nov at 9pm
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Presented by Aisha Orazbayeva and Tim Etchells
In Seeping Through (CPT), artist, director of Forced Entertainment and writer Tim Etchells collaborates with violinist Aisha Orazbayeva on a rolling improvisation that combines and moves between spoken text and music. Taking place over an intense, two hour period, the work comprises a set of spontaneous fragmentary improvisations in which text and music are treated as fluid forces in the same space, fading in and out of each other, breathing together, cutting and cancelling each other, creating a dynamic and always unstable landscape.
Constructing the accumulating text collage of the work, Etchells’ draws on fragments from his notebooks as well as on excerpts from performance texts and works in progress, creating collisions, loops, and unexpected connections between different spoken materials. In Etchells’ solo work language is somewhere between its semantics and its ephemeral materiality as sound vibration, texture and rhythm. The technical virtuoso Orazbayeva meanwhile, plays the violin in a way that tests the instruments’ limits, deconstructing and at the same time uncovering new sound potentials as well as radically remixing and quoting from elements of classical repertoire. Seeping Through builds on the collaboration between Orazbayeva and Etchells commissioned for BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction in 2015 and their session for KIT Records on NTS Live (June 2016), as well as on the line of Etchells’ solo performance for theatre spaces A Broadcast (2014), and his ongoing series of improvisations in gallery spaces under the collective title Work Files.
Orazbayeva and Etchells released an EP Seeping Through on PRAH records in 2016. Their improvised piece ‘Until the End’ is online at The Wire magazine here.
About the artists
Aisha Orazbayeva is a Kazakh-born violinist renowned for her interpretations of contemporary music and her radical approach to old violin repertoire. She has released two critically acclaimed solo albums on Nonclassical and PRAH recordings, and has performed in venues such as New York’s Carnegie Hall.
Tim Etchells is an artist and a writer based in the UK whose work shifts between performance, visual art and fiction. He has worked in a wide variety of contexts, notably as the leader of the world-renowned Sheffield-based performance group Forced Entertainment.