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Rafael Toral talks about his performance at the Kings Place Festival

Rafael Toral talks about his performance at the Kings Place Festival 2009, at Kings Place, London. He played on 05 September 2009, as part of an evening curated and produced by Red Orange dedicated to new and rediscovered musical instruments. More on that evening’s programme here.


More news on Tanya Tagaq

Tungijuq is more of a short film than a music video. It is a thought-provoking meditation on the seal-hunt and what it means to the traditional way of life. Tanya created the mystical, form-shifting fantasy and filmmakers Félix Lajeunesse and Paul Raphael brought the idea to life. Jesse Zubot and producer Juan Hernandez joined Tanya to create the music and the seven minute film includes an appearance by Cannes-winning actor Zacharias Kunuk. Tungijuq is a cinematic and musical expression of the organic and indisputable reality of hunting in Inuit culture. The work was produced by Kunuk Cohn Productions and Igloolik Isuma Productions.

Tanya narrated and provided music for Dianne Whelan’s documentary, This Land.  The film documents Dianne’s experience joining the sovereignty patrol in the Canadian High Arctic with the Canadian Rangers.  Their mission was to travel over two-thousand-kilometres by snowmobile from Resolute to the Canadian Forces Station Alert, and plant a Canadian flag on the way at Ward Hunt Island.  The film includes incredible and rare photography of the disappearing ice shelf and reflects on Canada’s history and sovereignty in the North, the impact of climate change on the Arctic, and Inuit culture.  Whelan’s book, This Vanishing Land: A Woman’s Journey to the Canadian Arctic will be released by Harbour Publishing in October and includes a forward by Tanya.

’’Writhing and clutching her chest as if in emotional and physical pain one moment, and then in sensual joy the next, Tagaq cajoled and regaled in a variety of animal grunts, guttural gasps, cries and whispers. It was a lyrically ambiguous vocalese, most reminiscent of vocal-technique expanders such as Diamanda Galás and Yoko Ono. Modest usage of digital-delay filters further extended the dramatic effects. Appropriately, Amendola and Zubot’s accompaniment was far-reaching yet discreetly pitched against Tagaq’s primal vocal outpourings, employing a free-jazz-type range of methods far outside conventional modes of playing. Amendola’s rattles and explosive tom-tom thumps were run through an array of sampling/delay filters, as was the high-tension violin and viola work of Zubot. David Harrington of the Kronos Quartet calls Tagaq ’’the Jimi Hendrix of Inuit throat singers’’ and the analogy is spot-on. Like Hendrix, Tagaq seeks to elicit the valuable, primitive unconscious — the internal made external — that lies dormant and untapped in us all. Yet, as with Hendrix, it was the future-leaning, musically avant-garde approach she took in drawing out these primordial impulses that was the evening’s biggest thrill.’’ (LA Times, August 9, 2009)

A selection of recent press on Tanya Tagaq:

All About Jazz, World Music Central, IROM, Lafreebee, LAist, Los Angeles Times, Pasadena Weekly, 7X7, Contra Costa Times, KQED, SF Chronicle, SF Chronicle, SF Examiner, SF Examiner, SF Weekly, Waylon Hatchet, Waylon Hatchet, Brooklyn Vegan, New York Times, Playbill, Village Voice, Village Voice

Tanya Tagaq in London and Paris this November

Tanya FLYER 2009

EUROPEAN PREMIERE: Three of Canada’s most provocative creative musicians with backgrounds in varied and complementary styles and traditions.

Tanya Tagaq, from Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, has pioneered a contemporary form of Inuit throat singing, which is traditionally done by two women, so that it functions in solo and in unconventional collaborative settings. Tagaq has performed and recorded widely, but is perhaps best known for her work with Björk during concert tours and on the 2004 recording, Medúlla.

Jean Martin is an energetic and creative force in Toronto’s music scene as a percussionist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, engineer, and producer. Martin runs Barnyard Records which, in a short time, has become one of the leading creative music labels in North America and features recordings by, among many other groups, Barnyard Drama, a multifaceted collaboration that hinges around his highly sympathetic partnership with creative vocalist, Christine Duncan.

Vancouver violinist and multi-instrumentalist Jesse Zubot’s career is similarly varied, and includes performance, composition, and production for his independent record label, Drip Audio. He came to prominence in acoustic roots groups Zubot & Dawson and The Great Uncles of the Revolution, but is virtually unlimited stylistically as an instrumentalist. Like Martin and Tagaq, he brings the rare combination of extraordinary sensitivity, technical excellence, and radical imagination to this promising pan-Canadian creative music summit.

“Remember the old ad campaign for Memorex cassette tapes, with the guy in chair being blown away by the sound? You may wish to strap yourself in for the concert featured in this edition of The Signal, as you may have a similar experience. The concert features the improvising trio of Jean Martin, Jesse Zubot, and Tanya Tagaq. Their performance was a tour de force (literally). Tanya Tagaq led the trio in an incredibly powerful and emotional journey, featuring her trademark throat-singing. Sensual, primordial, beautiful, terrifying.” Laurie Brown – CBC Radio 2

Laurie Brown of the CBC aired an incredible performance of Tanya, along with Jesse Zubot and Jean Martin, at the Guelph Jazz Festival on her program The Signal last month and lucky for all of us who weren’t there it is available to stream online. For the full program visit:

Tanya Tagaq at London International Festival of Exploratory Music (LIFEM), Thursday, 05 November 09:

Inuk snow songs, ice folk and throat singing
19:45 – 20:30 Nive Nielsen (Greenland) Kings Place – Hall 1 Buy Tickets Here
21:00 – 21:45 Tanya Tagaq (Canada) Kings Place – Hall 1 Buy Tickets Here

Music Beyond Labels – Exploring New Music From Japan Public Talk

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In recent years, a growing number of Japanese musicians have appeared on the UK music scene, performing at prestigious festivals, thanks in part to the enthusiasm of certain promoters. This recent popularity has been attributed to the uniqueness and versatility of Japanese music and musicians, appealing to the desire of music fans to experience something new and original.

For this event, the Japan Foundation has invited UK-based Japanese artist, DJ Scotch Egg, who has gained a reputation for mixing music from techno-related genres, including gabber and chiptunes, to talk about his musical career and artistic philosophy. He will be accompanied by Franck Stofer, of the artist agency, Sonore. Franck has been a passionate advocate of the creativity of contemporary Japanese music, and will share his views on the state and nature of the Japanese music scene as seen by a non-native living in Japan and working as part of the Japanese music industry. The evening’s proceedings will be chaired by Alan Cummings, Freelance Writer for music magazine, The Wire.

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This event is organised in association with the London International Festival of Exploratory Music (LIFEM) which is committed to exciting music from every conceivable genre and origin, while continually challenging musical boundaries. DJ Scotch Egg will be showcased as part of this year’s LIFEM lineup, together with two other Japanese musicians, Oorutaichi and Midori Hirano on 7 November at Kings Place.

As well as complementing the performances by these three Japanese artists on 7th November, this event also provides an opportunity to learn more about Japan’s exciting and innovative contemporary musical culture.

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London International Festival of Exploratory Music: podcast 3

Here’s LIFEM’s third podcast… before, during and after the festival takes place – 04-07 Nov 09 – a series of monthly enhanced podcasts will be available for you to enjoy. They will include features such as interviews with the festival organisers and the artists taking place in the festival, latest news, exclusive music and much more. We hope you enjoy them.

In this third podcast, you have interviews with the artists participating in the third day of the festival (Lorcán Mac Mathúna, Tri a Tolia, Lonely China Day, Coletivo Rádio Cipó, Madame Mim, Da Cruz) as well as excerpts of their music.

Friday, 06 November 09

Old and new world music touching approaches
18:30 – 19:15 Lorcán Mac Mathúna (Ireland) [UK premiere] Kings Place – Hall 1 Buy Tickets Here
19:45 – 20:30 Tri a Tolia (Turkey/Iraq/Belgium) [UK premiere] Kings Place – Hall 1 Buy Tickets Here
21:00 – 21:45 Lonely China Day (China) [European premiere] Kings Place – Hall 1 Buy Tickets Here
The newest exotic electro latin sounds from Brazil
18:45 – 19:30 Coletivo Rádio Cipó (Brazil) [European premiere] Kings Place – Hall 2 Buy Tickets Here
20:00 – 20:45 Madame Mim (Brazil) Kings Place – Hall 2 Buy Tickets Here
21:15 – 22:00 Da Cruz (Brazil) Kings Place – Hall 2 Buy Tickets Here

Tanya Tagaq reviewed by The Journal Of Music

“An unlikely, but intense, mix of Inuit throat singing and laptopery… Tagaq’s intense, immersive sonic poetry emerged as something peculiarly sui generis, not Inuit music nor purely experimental music as such, but rather a fertile, floating complexity typical of our modern audio culture… building upon the fluid eclecticism of Auk, Tagaq’s live performances revel in the spirit of collaboration… this is passionate music, both supple and sensuous…” (Stephen Graham, The Journal Of Music)


International Art Forum “Without Borders”

Red Orange is a media partner and a participant at the second International Art Forum “Without Borders”, which will take place in Balchik, Bulgaria, between 18 and 20 September 2009. It will include conferences, with the participation of promoters, journalists and other professionals in the field of music and culture from 24 countries and 4 continents, as well as an international showcase festival of arts and culture.


Max Eastley, Victor Gama, Rafael Toral, Z’EV

Saturday 05 September 2009
Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG

RED ORANGE presents
four unique solos under the theme
“New and Rediscovered Musical Instruments”

You may have heard of gravikords, whirlies and pyrophones. Or about orbitones, spoon harps and bellowphones. Or even the long string instrument, the mouth bow, the stamenphone, the theremin… the list goes on and on. There are many pioneering inventors and performers of such instruments – enough to warrant a whole festival to themselves. Tonigh’s four concerts are a small but interesting sample of this endlessly fascinating and stimulating world.

The creating, bending and re-inventing of instruments is not a new idea – it has existed for many centuries. These days, it is frequently associated with, and influenced by, experimental music, sound art, sound design, installation art, found sounds, modified electronic toys, customs relay circuits and circuit bending.

The artists featured here belong to the unofficial school of outrageously inventive designers and builders of new, unusual and rediscovered musical instruments – a school that, suitably, encompasses a diverse range of musical approaches. Experimental sound sculptor Max Eastley plays his own Arc, a monochord made of wood and wire that is scraped, bent and flexed into an orbit of amplified effects. Victor Gama performs with his own acoustic Pangeia Instruments, bearing wonderful names like Southern Cross, Vibrant Rings, Tonal Matrix and Spiralphone. Then there are Rafael Toral’s panoply of custom-built electronic devices, modified amplifiers, portable square wave oscillators and glove-controlled computer sinewaves. Finally we come to the found percussion and acoustic phenomenae of Z’EV, one of the progenitors of the industrial movement.

This is only the tip of the iceberg, but hopefully it will stimulate your curiosity about this tremendously rich area of musical culture.

Max Eastley

Saturday 05 September 09 19h30
Sound sculptor and painter, music instrument maker, kinetic sound sculptures
£4.50 in advance. Book now here

“[Max Eastley] represents a tradition of sound sculpture virtually unknown in this country, and his work touches on various important and under-researched areas of sound installations, motion, music and creative sound collages” Art Monthly

Max Eastley is an artist whose work combines kinetic sound sculpture and music to produce a unique art form. Since the late 1960s, Max has been fascinated by the relationship of chance to music and art, and in environmental forces such as wind and water. He began to investigate this relationship in his work, using kinetic sound machines and the natural forces of wind, streams and the sea. As a consequence, his career opened out into new areas of creative and philosophical exploration.

Max is a hugely important and innovative figure in the field of sound art, often working in collaboration with other artists from a range of disciplines. He has exhibited his sound installations internationally, and worked closely with a wide range of artists, musicians and filmmakers, including Brian Eno, Peter Greenaway, Evan Parker, Thomas KoÅNner, Eddie PreÅLvost and the Spaceheads. Exhibitions of his installations in 2000 included Sonic Boom at the Hayward Gallery in London and Sound as Media in Tokyo. In 2002 he composed the music for Plants and Ghosts by Siobhan Davies Dance. He collaborated with musician and writer David Toop to produce the critically acclaimed albums New and Rediscovered Musical Instruments (1975), Buried Dreams (1994) and Doll Creature (2004).

Max is a long-standing supporter of the Cape Farewell project, which brings together leading artists, writers, scientists and educators for a series of expeditions to raise awareness of climate change. For his contribution to the 2006 exhibition The Ship: The Art of Climate Change, Max produced a sound-sculpture installation that incorporated found sound recorded during Cape Farewell expeditions.

Victor Gama

Saturday 05 September 09 20h45
VICTOR GAMA (Angola/Portugal)
Composer, performer and designer of innovative musical instruments
£4.50 in advance. Book now here

Victor Gama was born in Angola and currently lives in Portugal. He is a composer, performer, electronics engineer and designer of innovative musical instruments. Several of his music works have been recorded, including the album Pangeia Instrumentos on Aphex Twin’s Rephlex Records.

Victor has performed and exhibited his instruments and sound installations throughout the world. He is part of the Berimbau-Ungu project with the legendary Brazilian percussionist Nana Vasconcelos, as well as one third of The Folk Songs Trio together with William Parker and Guillermo E. Brown. He has recorded and performed live with celebrated sound artist Max Eastley and is presently collaborating with the Kronos Quartet and designing innovative interactive musical instruments for the National Museums of Scotland.

In the early 1990s Victor initiated the Pangeia Instrumentos project, in which he uses form as a variable in the composition process. He has since developed the Golian Modes Theory in which the score has a three dimensional component. The golian modes are four musical modes derived from the ancient Kongo graphic writing system known as Bidimbu.

In 2002 he initiated and produced the Odantalan project in Luanda, Angola, an artistic residency and conference with musicians, art historians and religious leaders from Angola, Portugal, Colombia, Cuba and Brazil. The project analyses the processes of resistance that Africans once used against cultural imposition and devises new strategies and methods of cultural generation. He also initiated the Tsikaya project, the first digital archive of traditional music in Angola.

Rafael Toral

Saturday 05 September 09 22h00
Post-Free Jazz Electronic Music
£4.50 in advance. Book now here

Born in Lisbon, Rafael Toral has been performing live since 1984. Having attempted to study music, he realised that his path was one of exploration and discovery, to which ‘conventional music teaching was irrelevant’. He learned acoustics, electronics and music writing, having started to write music on paper after his former fascination with graphic scores. In 1994 the album Wave Field determined a shift in composing methods, taking sound itself as the basic matter for all music, thus rendering his work ‘unwriteable’. Considered by the Chicago Reader to be ‘one of the most gifted and innovative guitarists of the decade’, Rafael has been working on, among other things, the possibilities of ambient music and improvisation with higher levels of risk.

Developing solo work since 1987 – weaving a unique blend of references such as ambient, rock, chance and improvisation – Rafael recorded several solo albums, two with MIMEO and two with No Noise Reduction. He has performed worldwide and has worked with artists such as Sei Miguel, Phill Niblock, Rhys Chatham, John Zorn, Thurston Moore, Dean Roberts, Christian Fennesz, Lee Ranaldo and Jim O’Rourke.

In 1996 Rafael collaborated with Rhys Chatham as curator and coordinator for the 100 Guitarists project in Lisbon. In 1998 he collaborated with David Toop and an international creative team for an exhibition at Lisbon’s Expo ‘98, composing a piece for remote-controlled boat horns. In 1999 he was a guest on Sonic Youth’s allbum NYC Ghosts & Flowers. In 2000 he created, with Paulo Feliciano, the mixed-media installation Toyzone for the Sonic Boom exhibition at the Hayward Gallery. In 2003 Rafael produced the first Anthology of Portuguese Electronic Music. Having produced video pieces since 1994, Rafael’s visual output has increased over the years, with installations usually featuring interactive and unpredictable elements, and often using processing of generative feedback systems.


Saturday 05 September 09 23h15
American Text Sound Artist
£4.50 in advance. Book now here

“Z’EV is a one-man percussion orchestra. Using a battery of industrial discards, Z’EV makes perhaps the only thoroughly literal heavy metal music on earth.” Music Sound Output

Z’EV – born Stefan Joel Weisser in Los Angeles, 1951 – is an American text-sound artist and mystic who is perhaps best known for his work as a catacoustic (reflected sound) percussionist. Regarded as a pioneer of industrial music, Z’EV began recording in the late 1960s on a handful of ‘psych-out’ projects. By the late 1970s he had begun to explore the ‘spatial poetics’ of the polyrhythmic clamour he had established with his hand-built percussive instruments.

His work with both text and sound has been influenced by the Middle Eastern mystical system best known as Kabbalah, as well as – but not limited to – African, Afro-Caribbean and Indonesian rhythms, musics and cultures. He has studied the Ewe music of Ghana, Balinese gamelan and Indian tala.

Journalist Louis Morra has written that: ‘Z’EV is a consummate example of contemporary performance art, as well as modern composition and theatre… [he] realises many of modernist art’s ultimate goals: primitivism, improvisation, multi-media/conjunction of art forms, the artist as direct creator.’ Responding to the 1984 release of Z’EV’s Six Examples video, director Joe Rees commented: “Z’EV is one of the most unique and important artists of this century”. In 2008, Colombian critic Edgar Mauricio Ramirez Diaz described him as: “Without a doubt one of the most influential persons in the whole post-industrial history of contemporary music”.


Due to the hall limited capacity, booking well in advance is much recommended.
Book now to avoid disappointment.

Visits per Country/Territory

In August, there were 894 unique visits coming from 54 different countries/territories... UK was the country/territory with more unique visits (432), followed by Portugal (103) and Hong Kong (63)

In August, there were 894 unique visits coming from 54 different countries/territories... UK was the country/territory with more unique visits (432), followed by Portugal (103) and Hong Kong (63)

Visits per City

by city

In August, there were 894 unique visits coming from 243 different cities... London was the city with more unique visits (335), followed by Hong Kong (63) and Lisbon (43)

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