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Unit 4, Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, B5 5RT Birmingham, United Kingdom
Live improvised sound from Rebecca Lee (flute, objects) and Samuel Rodgers (metal and glass percussion, field recordings), who this evening will be joined by Cosmo Love (metal percussion).
Join us for the final performance as part of our project ‘If the bell rings, we will hear it’, an Arts Council-funded research and development project exploring the reciprocity between materials, space and environment in live improvised performance.
Through a series of performances and residencies, we have been developing a new body of work that focuses on the performer, their materials, the space, environment, and audience as listening, seeking to allow synchronicities between these elements to emerge. We are interested in how these elements feed into one another to create a contingent experience in the here and now that cannot be prescribed beforehand, and in exploring ways in which we can share such an experience with others.
Rebecca is an experimental musician and composer. She produces audio works, performances, site-specific installations, film scores, broadcasts and publications. Rebecca studied contemporary flute repertoire with Carla Rees and has performed with various ensembles including Los Grecos, The Rosa Trio and Rarescale Flute Academy. She continues to perform with the Standard Hill viol consort. She recently composed a soundtrack to This Certifies That, a moving image work by Yelena Popova, created a series of performances for Otobong Nkanga’s Taste of a Stone and presented a performance with other Primary artists at Wysing’s Polyphonic music festival in 2016.
Samuel Rodgers is an artist and musician whose practice encompasses performance, installation, composition, and phonography. Samuel works with prepared piano, glass and metal percussion, and field recordings, creating performances that explore the materiality and spatiality of sound, and the relationship between performed sound and sounds of the surrounding environment. Samuel is a member of contemporary music group the Set Ensemble, and co-curates the Consumer Waste record label. Samuel holds a Masters with Distinction in Time-Based Art Practices and a Bachelors Degree with Honours in Music Composition from Dartington College of Arts.
Cosmo Love has been researching and experimenting with the healing and transformative power of sound for more than 10 years, through the use of the voice, and other traditional and non-traditional instruments. After achieving an OCN3 in Mental Health Advocacy through MIND in 2010, Cosmo spent a couple of years working with Mental Health residents in group sound/music therapy sessions. In 2014 he undertook training with the College of Sound Healing, and is now accredited through the Complimentary Medical Association. Cosmo also holds a BA (Hons) Degree in Music Composition from Dartington College of Arts.