Peter J Evans: Broken Telephone

Publication Date Nov 2015

Peter J Evans, talks about Broken Telephone, a sound work featuring Mark Fell, Laura Cannell and Rhodri Davies, comprised of sixteen tracks to be released as four 12" records.

Evans conceived of this work as a game between four participants, each making an original piece of music which travels round the other players, one after the other, each attempting to recreate from memory
what they've heard after just one listen.


Performance: Broken Telephone + Sue Tompkins
Friday 4 December 2015
19.00-22.00 / BALTIC’s Project Space at BALTIC 39, Newcastle upon Tyne
Tickets: £5/£4 concessions / BALTIC Members 10% discount


Marking the launch of the four-record set that encompasses Broken Telephone, the contributing musicians Laura Cannell, Rhodri Davies, and Mark Fell, will play live alongside Evans in a concert which will attempt to carry over the original concept into a live setting. The evening will begin with a performance from a long standing inspiration for Evans - the Glasgow based artist Sue Tompkins.

Further Info

Laura Cannell is a highly acclaimed and innovative composer/performer. Laura is a self-taught fiddle player and studied recorder at London College of Music and the University of East Anglia. Using self-developed techniques of the "deconstructed bow" and "double-barrelled recorders", Cannell combines folk and medieval traditions with an improvisatory approach to create exploratory music that expands the no-man's land between the archaic and the innovative, transcending temporality in instantaneous compositions.

Playing harp, electric harp, and live-electronics, Rhodri Davies continues to challenge what a harp can do through a classically trained approach combined with improvisation. Davies was a prominent member of the London reductionist school of improvised music in the late 1990s / early 2000s. He has achieved critical success as a solo recording artist, contemporary composer, artist, orchestral player and session musician. His other activities and regular groups include a duo with John Butcher, Common Objects, HENOGLEDD, The Sealed Knot and a trio with John Tilbury and Michael Duch.

Peter J. Evans has been a successful artist, composer and technician for over twenty years, musically working in both solo form (nwavi, thx1742, athabasca, nebula boy) and collaboratively (with the band cumulonimbus, sessions with Metronomy and remixing Maximö Park). His practice is meticulous, meditative and research driven - often working in series over several years - often spanning multiple mediums. He has received several residencies including an Arts Council International Fellowship (Helsinki), an Amino programmed research placement (Beijing) and nominations for awards including The Northern Art Prize.

Mark Fell is a multidisciplinary artist based in Sheffield (UK). Fell is widely known for combining popular music styles, such as electronica and club musics, with more academic approaches to computer-based composition with a particular emphasis on algorithmic and mathematical systems. Since his early electronic music pieces Fell’s practice has expanded to include moving image works, sound and light installation, choregoraphy, critical texts and educational projects. Fell presented a solo exhibition at BALTIC 39 in 2013 and has presented work at prestigious international venues including: Hong Kong National Film archive, Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, La Casa Encendida (Madrid), Laboral (XIxon), The Institute of Contemporary Art (London), Royal Festival Hall (London), The Serpentine (London), The Australian Centre For Moving Image, Artists Space (NYC), Issue Project Room (NYC), Corcoran (DC), Curtis R.Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (NY), Lampo/Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts (Chicago), Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (Karlsruhe), Hanger Biccoca (Milan) and others.

Sue Tompkins lives and works in Glasgow. Working with fragments of language gathered from everyday encounters and experiences, Tompkins’ practice incorporates text, sound, installation, painting and performance. Tompkins graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 1994, and has been involved in exhibitions and performances worldwide including solo exhibitions at The Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow at Glasgow International; The Modern Institute, Glasgow; Inverleith House, Edinburgh; Spike Island, Bristol; and Contemporary Art Musuem, St. Louis. She has presented performances and been included in numerous group exhibitions including those at: BBC Scotland, Glasgow, White Columns, New York; Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis; Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge; the 29th São Paolo Biennale, São Paolo; the British Art Show 7 at the Hayward Gallery, London and touring; MACBA, Barcelona; ICA and the Tate Modern, London; and Artists Space, New York.

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Format MPEG 4
Related Artist Peter J Evans
Category Audio/Sound Art/Music
Related Event Peter J Evans: Across islands, divides (11 September - 13 December 2015)
Related Gallery BALTIC’s project space at BALTIC 39, Newcastle upon Tyne
Language English

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