POLYproject 7: Text.Scores.

Angharad Davies
Redell Olsen
Rhodri Davies
Will Montgomery

Realisations of scores by Davies, Olsen and Davies.

12 October 2015, 7.30pm, free entry.

The Cello Factory, Cornwall Street, London SE1 8TJ (nearest tubes Waterloo, Southwark).

Presented by the Poetics Research Centre, Royal Holloway, University of London.

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Angharad Davies is a violinist based in London. She is an active performer in contemporary, improvisation and experimental music both as a soloist and within ensembles. Since making London her base in 2002 she has developed a specific approach to the violin, extending the sound possibilities of the instrument by attaching and applying objects to the strings or by sounding unexpected parts of the instrument’s body. She is dedicated to exploring and expanding sound production on the violin.

Redell Olsen is a poet and writer who publishes both academic and creative work. She is interested in the emerging critical space between these two disciplines as well as in interdisciplinary work between language and the visual arts.  Recent scholarly articles include essays on Frank O’Hara, Susan Howe and the film maker and poet Abigail Child. Her poetry publications include: ‘Film Poems’ (Les Figues, 2014), ‘Punk Faun: a bar rock pastel’ (subpress, 2012), ‘Book of the Fur’ (Rempress, 2000), ‘Secure Portable Space’ (Reality Street, 2004) and the collaboratively edited (with Susan Johanknect) ‘Here Are My Instructions’ (Gefn Press, 2004). From 2006 – 2010 she was the editor of How2 the online journal for modernist and contemporary poetry, poetics and criticism by women. Recent projects have involved texts for performance, film and site-specific collaboration and include: ‘Newe Booke of Copies’ (2009), ‘Bucolic Picnic (or Toile de Jouy Camouflage)’ (2009) and the collaboratively realised ‘The Lost Swimming Pool’ (2010). These texts were published as Film Poems (Les Figues, 2014). In 2014 she took part in the ‘Polar Muse’ exhibition at the Scott Polar Museum. She was one of a group of poets who installed their poems and texts on glass in the musuem. In 2013-14 she was the Judith E. Wilson Lecturer in Poetry at the University of Cambridge.

Rhodri Davies is an improvising harpist who confronts traditional concepts of the harp through his use of preparations, detuned, bowed and e-bowed strings. Influenced by live electronics, music-concrete and electronica he is particularly interested in exploring noise, silence, texture and abstract sound on his acoustic instrument and especially working with musicians who utilize electronics. Regular Groups include: Broken Consort, Cranc, The Sealed Knot and Apartment House. In ad hoc groupings he has played with Christian Marclay, Sachiko M, Toshimaru Nakamura, Martin Tetreault, David Toop, Annette Krebs, Andrea Neumann, Otomo Yoshihide and John Zorn. He also performs and researches contemporary classical music.

Will Montgomery teaches contemporary poetry at Royal Holloway, University of London and makes electronic music, sound art and field recordings. His musical pieces explore aural texture and narrative. He also constructs compositions from sequences of treated or untreated field recordings. He is interested in the acoustics of the built environment, particularly London. He has released work on the Entr’acte, nonvisualobjects, Cathnor and Winds Measure labels.