James Saunders’ Location Composites is a site-specific series of compositions begun in 2011. Location Composite #6 was performed as part of the POLYproject series at the Centre for Creative Collaboration in London by Sarah Hughes, Kostis Kilymis and Artur Vidal on 6 March 2014. The score was generated from text supplied by the poets Amy Cutler, Chris McCabe and Andrew Spragg, who followed James’s instructions for listening. Documentation of two earlier events in the POLYproject series is available in Wolf Notes #3 and #5.
Amy Cutler is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Environmental Humanities at the University of Leeds, with a PhD from the Social and Cultural Geography department at Royal Holloway University of London and previous degrees in English Literature from the University of Oxford. She researches historical geography, the cultural politics of landscape, and modern British poetry (both small press and large press), and also works independently as a curator and film programmer. Her cinema PASSENGERFILMS has won two national awards for its work with cultural geography, and in 2013 she curated the exhibition Time, the deer, is in the wood of Hallaig, on social and environmental memory. Her first chapbook was Nostalgia Forest (Oystercatcher Press, 2013), and her second chapbook, GLOSS, is forthcoming from Corbel Stone Press. She runs Land Diagrams, an online series of cross-disciplinary ‘twinned essays’ in geographical visualisation, and is currently developing research on echo and the sonic imaginaries of the forest.
Sarah Hughes plays zither and piano in improvising groups and as a founding member of the Set Ensemble, a group of musicians dedicated to the performance of contemporary composition. She performs with long-term collaborators Patrick Farmer, Daniel Jones and Stephen Cornford and has also performed with musicians such as Antoine Berger, Michael Pisaro, Angharad Davies and Jurg Frey. She has performed internationally and has participated in various festivals such as Blurred Edges in Hamburg, NOW Now in Australia, i and e in Dublin, Sounds Like in Canada and Cut and Splice in London.
Kostis Kilymis is an artist focusing on feedback systems and representation in musical performance and artistic practice. His main instrument is the mixing board through which he captures and manipulates electroacoustic phenomena, pre-recorded material and electronically generated sound. He has been an improviser, performer and collaborator -his encounters including Lucio Capece, Nikos Veliotis, Leif Elggren, Sarah Hughes, Stephen Cornford and Phil Julian amongst others. He curates the Organized Music from Thessalonki label. http://www.kostislikymis.com
Andrew Spragg is a poet and critic. He was born in London and lives there currently. His books include The Fleetingest (Red Ceiling Press, 2011), Notes for Fatty Cakes (Anything Anymore Anywhere, 2011), cut out (Dept Press, 2012), To Blart & Kid (Like This Press, 2013) and A Treatise on Disaster (Contraband Books, 2013). His writing was also included in Dear World & Everyone In It: New Poetry in the UK (Bloodaxe, 2013).
James Saunders is a composer with an interest in modularity. He performs in the duo Parkinson Saunders, and with Apartment House. He is Head of the Centre for Musical Research at Bath Spa University.
See www.james-saunders.com for more information.
Artur Vidal is a Spanish-born saxophone player and sound artist who grew up in Paris and currently resides in London. As such, he has performed and recorded extensively in the UK, France and Spain, as well as also being active in Turkey, Mexico or Czech Republic. His work involves field recordings, sound walks, dance and improvisation, and he is an active member of the improvised music scene, playing and recording with artists and musicians who include Grundik Kasyansky, Jennifer Allum, Ruth Barberan, and Sébastien Branche, with whom he makes up the improvising saxophone duo ‘Relentless’. He has currently completed an MA in Sound Arts at the LCC in London and started in 2013 an Mphil/PhD research about the notion of silence in Improvised Music and Acoustic Ecology.
James Saunders is a composer who makes modular compositions and series. His music has been played at numerous international festivals, including Bludenz Tage fur Zeitgenossiche Musik, Brighton Festival, BMIC Cutting Edge, Darmstadt, Donaueschingen, Gothenburg Arts Sounds, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Inventionen Berlin, The Kitchen, Music We’d Like to Hear, Ostrava New Music Days, Rational Rec, Roaring Hooves, Ultima, and Wittener Tage fur Neue Kammermusik. It has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and Resonance FM (UK), WDR3, BR Klassik and SWR2 (Germany), and national radio in Czech Republic, Norway, Italy, New Zealand, and Sweden. In 2003 and 2007 he held residencies at the Experimental Studio fur Akustiche Kunst in Freiburg. James has worked with Apartment House, Arditti Quartet, asamisimasa, Sebastian Berweck, ensemble chronophonie, duo Contour, Rhodri Davies, EXAUDI, Nicolas Hodges, London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Modern, Neue Vocalsolisten, plus minus ensemble, Psappha, ensemble recherche, SUONO MOBILE, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, and 175 East. As a performer he plays in the duo Parkinson Saunders with composer Tim Parkinson, Apartment House, and has also performed with Alvin Lucier, Christian Wolff and Phill Niblock.