Three distinct voices from Manchester’s experimental imprint Cuspeditions come together to celebrate the release of Miki Yui’s album Mills, a joyous salute to the sun in all its manifestations.
Japanese artist Miki Yui plays sampler, synthesizer and solar oscillators and works in the fields of music, drawing, installation and performance. Yui is known for the unique nature of her music (apparent also in past collaborations with Rolf Julius, Rie Nakajima and Klaus Dinger).
Clive Bell is a musician, composer and writer with a specialist interest in the shakuhachi (Japanese flute), khene (Thai mouth organ) and other East Asian wind instruments. He has travelled extensively in Japan (where he studied shakuhachi with the master Kohachiro Miyata), Thailand, Laos and Bali, researching music and meeting local practitioners. He joins koto and shamisen players to perform the Japanese classical repertoire.
David Ross is a maker of bizarre rhythmic electronics using such homemade devices as The Davestation, The Drosscilator, and is reportedly the only musician to have composed an album entirely using an analogue synthesizer built into a kettle. Alongside these devises, he also plays more conventional instruments such as Jew’s Harp, Drums, Kalimba and Kantele. His restless and eccentric artistry touches every instrument with his own unpredictable and disorientating sound.
THE STATIC MEMORIES with special guest ALICE ELDRIDGE
Dan Powell & Gus Garside have been working together on improv project The Static Memories since 2007.
Dan Powell (laptop/guitar/sampler/effects) began making sound for installation works in London in the mid 90’s and was involved in live arts group OMSK. Since moving to Brighton in 2000 he has concentrated on experimental and improvised music. He is a member of Brighton based collective The Spirit of Gravity and has performed across the UK. Dan is also a member of free improv duo Nil with Chris Parfitt.
Gus Garside (double bass/electronics) has worked in a variety of musical settings – jazz, contemporary music, pop, cabaret, dance, theatre and, most importantly, improvised music where he has performed with many leading players. Gus formed arc in 1988 and their third album “the pursuit of happiness” was released on Emanem Records in 2009. He formed In Sand in 2004 and their first album “Whatever” came out mid 2008.
Gus is part of the Brighton Safehouse collective. He has collaborated with a wide range of improvising and contemporary music players and dancers and frequently works with laptop musicians and also performs solo.
Alice Eldridge is a cellist, researcher and educator based at the Sussex Humanities Lab, University of Sussex. Her background in psychology, evolutionary and adaptive systems, computer science and music inspires and informs systemic sound-based research across science, technology and music. Current projects include networked notation for ensemble music-making, ecoacoustics for biodiversity assessment and hybrid instrument building for improvisation.
As a cellist she has shared stages, studios and other acoustic spaces with some of the UKs most inventive musicians at the improvised intersections of contemporary classical, folk, free jazz, minimal pop and algorithmic musics.