Tim Etchells & Aisha Orazbayeva
Thursday 20th August 2015 – 5pm
In Seeping Through, 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, continuous four hour period, the performance allows the public to arrive, depart and return at any point. Shifting from a looped interpretation of Etchells’ monologue Erasure, to a set of spontaneous fragmentary improvisations – 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 Throughbuilds on the collaboration between Orazbayeva and Etchells commissioned for BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction in 2015, 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.
Kazakh violinist and musician Aisha Orazbayeva is in demand with a repertoire extending from Bach and Telemann to Lachenmann and Nono. As a soloist she has performed at the Aldeburgh, Radio France Montpellier, Klangspuren and Latitude festivals, and venues including Wigmore Hall in London, Carnegie Hall in New York and La Maison de Radio France in Paris. Her acclaimed debut album “Outside” features a unique, multi-location recording of Sciarrino’s “Six Caprices” produced with Leo Abrahams, Ravel’s Violin Sonata, and “OUR”, a violin-computer concerto composed with VCS3 pioneer Peter Zinovieff. Aisha’s second album ‘The Hand Gallery’, her first for PRAH Recordings – is an album experience dedicated to the process of taking the violin sound apart and putting it back together again, and offers music by Steve Reich, Morton Feldman, Elvis Presley, John Cale and Aisha Orazbayeva. Aisha has performed live on BBC Radio 3 and 4, Resonance FM, France Musique and Kazakh National TV. She also co-directs London Contemporary Music Festival with Lucy Railton, Igor Toronyi-Lalic and Sam Mackay.
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 and is currently Professor of Performance at Lancaster University. In recent years he has exhibited widely in the context of visual arts, participating in biennales Manifesta 7 (2008) in Rovereto, Italy, Art Sheffield (2008, Goteborg Bienale (2009), October Salon Belgrade (2010), Aichi Trienale, Japan 2010, with VlatkaHorvatManifesta 9 (Parallel Projects) 2012 and Folkestone Triennial 2014. Recent publications include Vacuum Days (Storythings, 2012) and While You Are With Us Here Tonight (LADA, 2013).
Image courtesy of Tim Etchells and VITRINE gallery
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