• Assembly: Lawrence Lek | Mira Benjamin John Lely & Heather Roch

  • Sat, 09-11-2019 at 19:30
  • Somerset House Studios
    New Wing
    WC2R 1LA London
Assembly: Lawrence Lek | Mira Benjamin John Lely & Heather Roch - Somerset House Studios - London

For the second edition of ASSEMBLY, resident artist Christian Marclay curates a series of intimate musical performances in the Lancaster Rooms responding to the sounds and acoustics of the street outside the Neoclassical building.Acknowledging and working with the unpredictable activity and noise to define a compositional framework, Marclay invites a series of guests to collaborate in bringing the outdoor inside for an evolving series of electro-acoustic performances. Presented over three nights, six new performances corresponding to Marclay’s sonic vision will be created live in the space, each responding to the concept in a different way.Lawrence Lek invites collaborators Seth Scott and Robin Simpson to present a site-specific simulation that acts as an uncanny virtual and sonic double of the performance space. Their performance, Doom, reflects the atmosphere during the Extinction Rebellion protests when Waterloo Bridge -- which the Lancaster Rooms overlook -- was closed to traffic and filled with warning signs of the coming apocalypse.A collaborative work realised by violinist Mira Benjamin, composer John Lely and clarinettist Heather Roche, Room Song is founded on the interplay of instrumental intonation and environmental acoustics to create an interior 'resonancing' of the outside world.BIOSSudios resident Lawrence Lek is an artist, filmmaker and musician whose virtual worlds and animated films create alternate versions of real places. Seth Scott is a sound designer and composer whose work explores the politics of sound in space, often in an urban, architectural context. Robin Simpson is a world designer and 3D artist at the AI entertainment company Farsight Corporation.John Lely is a composer, musician and curator based in London, UK. He composes and improvises with acoustic and electronic objects and instruments. He is interested in the variety of sounds, correspondences and experiences that can arise through the use of limited materials. Recent works composed for Erik Carlson, Michael Duch, Mira Benjamin, Tre Voci Cello Ensemble and Philip Thomas. He is co-author, with James Saunders, of Word Events: Perspectives on Verbal Notation (Continuum/Bloomsbury 2012), a book about text scores, and since 2005 he has co-curated Music We'd Like to Hear, a concert series described by TEMPO as 'an oasis of thoughtful and idealistic music-making'. He is a composition mentor both privately and at Trinity Laban in London.Mira Benjamin is a Canadian violinist, researcher and new-music instigator, taking a special interest in musical pitch, intonation and microtonality. Benjamin’s collaborators include composers Taylor Brook, Cassandra Miller, John Lely, Amber Priestley, Jürg Frey, James Weeks, Linda Caitlin Smith, Gyrid Nordal Kaldestad, and Scott McLaughlin. Mira is a member of Apartment House, and Lecturer in Performance at Goldsmiths, University of London. Mira’s academic research explores pitch and tuning, embodiment, practice research, and person-centred pedagogy. Mira was the recipient of the 2016 Virginia Parker Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts – awarded annually to a Canadian musician in recognition of a valuable contribution to artistic life in Canada and internationally.Canadian clarinetist Heather Roche appears regularly as a soloist and chamber musician at European festivals, including the London Contemporary Music Festival, Acht Brücken (Cologne), Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik (Germany), and more. Heather was a founding member the Cologne-based hand werk, and currently plays with Apartment House (London), Mimitabu (Gothenburg), and as part of a longstanding duo with accordionist Eva Zöllner. She has also worked with the Musikfabrik (Cologne), the WDR Symphony Orchestra (Cologne), the London Symphony Orchestra, Alisios Camerata (Zagreb), and ensemble Proton (Bern), among others.