Lori Goldston // Halftone with visuals by Laura Phillips and Melanie Clifford & Howard Jacques DJ
Tuesday 16 May 2016, 8pm – 10.30pm, £7 / £5
Bristol Experimental Expanded Film, Brunswick Club, Brunswick Square, Bristol, BS2 8NX
An evening of ‘in the moment’ improv; music, visuals and records set in the improv venue of a former working men’s club.
Classically trained and rigorously de-trained, possessor of a restless, semi-feral spirit, Lori Goldston is a cellist, composer, improvisor, producer, writer and teacher from Seattle. Goldston’s voice as a cellist, acoustic or amplified, is both rough and refined. Her music moves easily across borders and genres, often in collaboration with bands, composers, improvisors, choreographers, writers and film-makers, including Earth, Mirah, Nirvana, David Byrne, Stuart Dempster, Greg Kelley, Ellen Fullman, Jherek Bischoff, Broken Water, O Paon and many, many others. She has released solo albums on Mississippi Records and Sub Rosa, and will release a duo with Jessika Kenney later this year on Mexico’s Substrata.
Bristol’s Halftone explore the conventions and boundaries of their traditional instruments through unconventional techniques. Caitlin Alais Callahan (double bass), Tina Hitchens (flute), Yvonna Magda (violin), and Hannah Marshall (cello) translocate from the solo virtuosic tradition to enter a more exploratory, irreverent and collectively-driven realm. The foursome create compelling vocabularies and organic sonic architectures that consider the dynamics of space, subtlety, silence and unity. ‘(Halftone) play an unsettling, absently beautiful post-classical music evoking wind in the trees, unresolved conversations and difficulties around corners’
BEEF member Laura is interested in obsolescence and precarity as narrative devices. Questions about how we come to know an object; its temperament, texture, colour, hue and smell. Her work aims to explore the complexity of resonance and incongruence between sound/image, often using a mixture of photochemical processes, found sounds and digital imagery.
BEEF member Melanie works in the translation between moving image, sound, drawing, broadcast, material and site, with research interests bridging art and neuroscience. Her work includes silent film and constructing visual scores for variable sound interpretation – soliciting sensitivity to detail, to minor fluctuations and structural disintegrity.