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Dr Matthew Wright: 'AfroAcousmatic'





This event is part of the Music Research Seminars 2015 and features Dr Matthew Wright ((Reader in Composition and Sonic Art at Canterbury Christ Church University).

Decks This practice-based performance/lecture focuses upon the 'extended' use of DJ technology to create post-DJ, multichannel music that embraces the hip-hop, avant grade and 'free' traditions of turntablism. I term this approach to the DJ setup as AfroAcousmatic: an approach that has its roots equally embedded in the music of the African diaspora and the studio experiments of the European/US avant garde. Discoveries at the turntables have directly influenced my compositional thinking and rather than being a score-based composer influenced by electronic music, or an electronic musician who works with live performers, my hope is that my work draws equally on the critical interchange between notation, improvisation and technology.

Available to listen on WIRE Tapper 37: Sin Bat’ from ‘Single Combat’ (Migro Records) 

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About the speaker 

Matt Wright works across four continents as a composer, improvising turntablist and sound artist. He works closely with world-leading saxophonist Evan Parker (including the CD ‘Trance Map’ and duo, trio and ensemble performances in New York, London and Paris) with Ensemble Klang in The Hague (including the CD ‘Music at the Edge of Collapse’), with Bl!ndman and Champ D'Action in Brussels and Antwerp; with The Six Tones in Malmo, Sweden and Hanoi, Vietnam; with Ensemble Offspring in Sydney, and with his own ensemble Splinter Cell, a flexible collective of musicians based in London and Canterbury who work with the connections between notation, technology and improvisation.

His work has been presented at venues such as the Sydney Opera House, Le Poisson Rouge (New York), the Muziekcentrum an ‘t IJ (Amsterdam), The Kim Ma Theatre (Vietnam) and Abbey Road Studios, Tate Britain and Tate Modern. He has been commissioned by organisations such as The Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and the MATA Festival (New York) and his work has been broadcast on TV across Europe, and on radio globally, including a two-hour focus on his work on the ABC Network in Australia. Reviews of his work have appeared in the New York Times, the Sydney Morning Herald, Vietnam Today and the Financial Times. In 2014, he remixed Robert Wyatt's 'Cuckooland' album into a concert-length collaboration with Elaine Mitchener, Tony Hymas and the Brodsky Quartet.

Matt is a Reader in Composition and Sonic Art at Canterbury Christ Church University, where he is also the Director of Research for the School of Music and Performing Arts. In 2014 he became an Output Assessor for the UK-wide Research Excellence Framework, a member of the AHRC Peer Review College and was Guest Artistic Director for the Sounds New Festival. He studied Composition with Richard Steinitz and with Christopher Fox at the University of Huddersfield; with Louis Andriessen, Martijn Padding and Richard Ayres at The Royal Conservatory of the Netherlands and with Roger Redgate at Goldsmiths College, London. He also had invaluable workshops with Steve Reich, Steve Martland, Howard Skempton and Wajahat Kahn.

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When and where

5.30pm - 5.30pmWednesday 20th May 2015

Performance Space College Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 4PB United Kingdom