An update detailing my activities during late August and September, and an announcement of an event in October:
I was fortunate enough to travel to Falmouth, Cornwall, at the end of August, to undertake some recording with Matt Davis, Rob Gawthrop and Samuel Rodgers, as well as perform at the regular Falmouth night of experimental and improvised music, School of Noises, which Rob runs.
Recording in Falmouth with Samuel Rodgers, Matt Davis, and Rob Gawthrop
The gig was a lot of fun, and the recording sessions equally so. We’re currently in the process of listening through the recordings, and hopefully something will be posted here soon.
September saw me undertake the first part of a residency at PRIMARY, Nottingham. The Heterotic II residency is a partnership between Eastside Projects and Primary that offers an artist based in the West Midlands the chance to test and develop new work and ideas and develop networks and professional connections across the Midlands. The residency is funded by Turning Point West Midlands and is the third in a series of residencies designed to give practitioners based in the West Midlands the opportunity to spend time working elsewhere.
My time at PRIMARY was extremely productive, with a large amount of recorded material being produced, as well as the initiation of a new collaboration with sound artist Rebecca Lee. It was great to meet lots of new people, experience Nottingham, and build new networks.
I have been blogging about my time in residence at Primary, which you can read here:
Week one: http://www.weareprimary.org/2013/09/jack-harris-week-1/
Week two: http://www.weareprimary.org/2013/10/jack-harris-week-2/
“In search of resonance…” @ PRIMARY, Nottingham
I commence part two of the residency in late October, which will conclude with an evening of performance, details of which can be found here: http://www.weareprimary.org/2013/09/haptic-resonances/
A little about the evening from the press material:
Haptic resonances and the geometric magnifying glass, or, the open and closed
Jack Harris and collaborators
Wednesday 30 October
Jack Harris will present an evening of music in two parts, to coincide with the end of his time in residence at PRIMARY.
Part one will consist of rich and immersive works showcasing Harris’ exploration of drifting forms that mimic environmental and circadian rhythms, forms that attempt to generate a stasis or stoppage through an investigation of tone, texture, room acoustic, and the surrounding incidental soundscape, in a slow and calmly unfolding manner.
The second half of the evening will see Harris joined by collaborators to present realisations of a number of scored works that isolate, frame, and compare selected materials and phenomena, as objects of interest within abstract and geometric formal arrangements.
Recorded work and artefacts produced during and outside the residency period will be available for purchase during the evening.
During the residency I was also fortunate enough to travel down to Brighton to perform with Daniel Jones and Samuel Rodgers on the opening night of the Consumer Waste UK Tour, and it wasn’t long before I was back in Nottingham after the residency, playing a gig at Lee Rosy’s Tea Rooms with Patrick Farmer and Samuel Rodgers. It was a nice set in Nottingham, very rich and fairly loud, and an enjoyable evening that opened up some interesting new avenues in terms of mine and Samuel’s collaboration; Samuel and Patrick will be joining me for some playing and recording during the second part of my residency at PRIMARY, Nottingham.
I was then very grateful to be invited with Samuel Rodgers to FIshguard, in Pembrokeshire, Wales, to undertake some field recording work, very kindly supported by David Pepper and the West Wales Arts Center. We conducted underwater and normal recordings from a small boat off the coast, as well as some recordings late at night, at the start of the Pembrokeshire National Park: it was one of the quietest places I’ve ever been, without a hint of traffic or human (or much other) noise, only a strong wind occupying the otherwise silent landscape.
At Sea in West Wales, listening to the sounds of Shrimp
October is equally as busy.
As well as taking up the second part of my residency at PRIMARY, Nottingham, I’ll be performing the music of Michael Pisaro as part of a large ensemble coordinated by Patrick Farmer at the Round Chapel, Clapton, London on the 19th October. We’ll be performing a score entitled Rice Fall, which involves the en masse pouring of dry rice onto various surfaces and objects by performers spread around the space, as well as undertaking another live realisation of the score July Mountain (the first being in a concert by the same consort, that took place in Oxford, late 2012). July Mountain involves the layering of multiple field recordings made in mountainous areas alongside a plethora of textural sound material, creating a very rich soundscape. This realisation will involve both live and pre-recorded parts. This should be a great event, and the space is a magnificent building.
Details of the event can be found here and here (Facebook).
The Round Chapel, Clapton, London