The physical and the virtual
David Toop (born 1949) has been developing a practice that crosses boundaries of sound, listening, music and materials since 1970. This encompasses improvised music performance, writing, electronic sound, field recording, exhibition curating, sound art installations and opera. It includes eight acclaimed books, including Rap Attack (1984), Ocean of Sound (1995), Sinister Resonance (2010), Into the Maelstrom (2016), Flutter Echo, a memoir first published in Japan in 2017 (May 2019) and Inflamed Invisible: Writing On Art and Sound 1976-2018 (November 2019). Briefly a member of David Cunningham’s pop project The Flying Lizards in 1979, he has released fifteen solo albums, from New and Rediscovered Musical Instruments on Brian Eno’s Obscure label (1975) and Sound Body on David Sylvian’s Samadhisound label (2006) to Entities Inertias Faint Beings (2016), Apparition Paintings and Field recording and Fox Spirits (2020) on Lawrence English’s ROOM40. His 1978 Amazonas recordings of Yanomami shamanism and ritual were released on Sub Rosa as Lost Shadows (2016). In recent years his collaborations include Rie Nakajima, Akio Suzuki, Tania Caroline Chen, John Butcher, Ken Ikeda, Elaine Mitchener, Henry Grimes, Sharon Gal, Camille Norment, Sidsel Endresen, Alasdair Roberts, Fred Frith, Thurston Moore, Ryuichi Sakamoto and a revived Alterations, the iconoclastic improvising quartet with Steve Beresford, Peter Cusack and Terry Day first formed in 1977. Curator of sound art exhibitions including Sonic Boom at the Hayward Gallery (2000), his opera – Star-shaped Biscuit – was performed as an Aldeburgh Faster Than Sound project in 2012. He is currently Professor of Audio Culture and Improvisation at London College of Communication.
Jessica Ekomane is a French-born and Berlin-based electronic musician and sound artist. Her practice unfolds around live performances and installations. Her quadraphonic performances, characterized by their physical affect, seek a cathartic effect through the interplay of psychoacoustics, the perception of rhythmic structures and the interchange of noise and melody. Her ever-changing and immersive sonic landscapes are grounded in questions such as the relationship between individual perception and collective dynamics or the investigation of listening expectations and their societal roots.
Jessica Ekomane is one the six composers chosen as collaborators by Natascha Süder Happelman for her installation at the German pavilion of the Venice Biennale 2019. She released her debut album, Multivocal, on Important Records in 2019. Her work has been presented in various institutions worldwide such as CTM festival (Berlin), Ars Electronica (Linz), Dommune (Tokyo) or Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (Omaha).
José Alberto Gomes
Professor, musician, sound artist and curator from Porto, Portugal.
Graduate in Music Composition, he created strong bonds with new technological possibilities and the role ofmusic in music theatre, film, installations and electronic improvisation, taking particular interest in seekingnew ways and new musical “places”.
Has completed his PhD in Computer Music and he is a professor at School of Arts -UCP and Aberta University, teaching Digital Art, Sound and Computer Music. He was the curator of the projecto Digitópia Casa da Música from 2013 to 2018 and the curator and programer of the educational project Circuito - Braga Media Arts, UNESCO creative city, for the years 2018 and 2019. Maintains a close activity with music as a performer, composer, conductor and sound artist having worked with institutions and groups such as Remix Ensemble Casa da Música, Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, FITEI, Journées Européennes du Patrimoine, Serralves Foundation,Theater Workshop, TEP, Sonoscopy. Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, among others.
He performs regularly in public projects both in solo and group projects (BlacKoyote, Digitópia Collective, Srosh Ensemble, Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Jon Rose). He is creator in music and sound design for theater plays and videos (From Peter Handke’s Essay about the Successful Day - FITEI / Rivoli, City Domingo - Oficina Theater, Prometeu - Theater of Animated Forms, Ínsua - Silent Rupture); creation and programming interactive sound installations; and composing for electronic and instrumental ensembles (Remix Ensemble, Drumming, João Dias, Henrique Portovedo, FactorE, Studio Orchestra). He is also a composer for electronic and instrumental ensemble (Remix Ensemble, Drumming, João Dias, Henrique Portovedo, FactorE, Studio Orchestra).
Moderator: José Alberto Gomes