Russell Haswell – Audrey Chen / Julien Desprez / Mariam Rezaei – Kenosist

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Russell Haswell

Russell Haswell is a restlessly forward-thinking, multi-disciplinary artist, performer and curator. With a background steeped in computer music, black metal, noise, techno and solo improvisation, his practice is renowned for broaching the extremities of visual and sonic arts. He’s performed in noted live and HDJ actions with Aphex Twin, Gescom, Pan Sonic and Masami Akita (Merzbow), among others

Audrey Chen / Julien Desprez / Mariam Rezaei

First time meeting of three of the most exciting and innovative musicians around.

Over the past 15 years, Audrey Chen‘s predominant focus has been her solo work, joining together the extended and inherent vocabularies of the cello, voice and analog electronics. More recently, she has begun to shift back towards the exploration of the voice as a primary instrument, delving even more deeply into her own version of narrative and non-linear storytelling. She derives her sound material in continuous process, championing the „in-between“ and overlooked. Regardless of instrument, her mode of experimentation touches both the abstractly beautiful and the aggressively unsettling, creating a kind of curiously imagined architecture, non-prosaic song or ritual that reaches beyond gravity or language. Aside from her solo concerts, Chen performs currently in duo with Phil Minton; as HISS & VISCERA with modular synth player Richard Scott; as trio in SEN RYO NO with modular synth players Tara Transitory and Nguyen Baly; in duo with electronic music artist Kaffe Matthews; as AFTERBURNER for voice/live electronics/light with Doron Sadja; and as VOICE/PROCESS for voice/live digital process with Mexican sound artist Hugo Esquinca. Notable past collaborators include German conceptual artist John Bock and abstract turntablist Maria Chavez.

Julien Desprez (*1984) is a musician and performer based in Paris. Jazz and rock were his early musical loves but they evolved rapidly to free forms where body and space find their places through sound. He currently treats the guitar more like a controller, a modifiable instrument deployable at will. Through a mix of actions on the instrument and aneffect pedal technique reminiscent of a tapdance, it completely opened the possibilities, sound and physical environment of the instrument. Julien is also a co-founder of the Collectif Coax, a music cooperative based in Paris, which was recently labelled “Compagnie Nationale” by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication.

Mariam Rezaei is an award winning composer, turntablist and performer.   She leads experimental arts project TOPH in Newcastle. TOPH curate a regular series of concerts along with an annual TUSK FRINGE for TUSK Festival.  Her newest releases include ’SKEEN’ on Fractal Meat Cuts, ‘The End of The World…Finally’ with Sam Goff on Cacophonous Revival Recordings and ‘Veil’, a collaboration with Stephen Bishop on TUSK Editions/Opal Tapes.



Cybernetic jazz chaos!! This years incredible ‘The Rising Cost of Free Jazz’ (described by the Wire as  sounding like “a whirling storm, glimmering and whirling like a tornado in a stained glass factory”) is one of our absolute favourites. Kenosist is the dancefloor-adjacent guise of Weird North stalwart Mark Wardlaw. Driven by neccessity and ideology into a “cheap hardware/free software” approach, he builds ever-mutating sonic ecosystems of drum machine polyrhythm and slo-moving synth warp. Rhythmically compulsive on the micro-level, zooming out into deep-time meta-rhythms for the non-human crowd. Object-oriented psychedelic disco, on a budget.