FROM ISOLATION

From Isolation is a new series of collaborations organised by Trestle Records as a reaction and ‘antidote’ to the self-isolation and quarantine measures we are currently undergoing due to the Covid 19 pandemic.

 

We are contacting musicians to collaborate as a trio in the making of an EP achieved through file sharing via the internet. The concept is simple - Each musician starts a track and passes it to the next for them then to add their section.

 

This is not intended to be a pain staking, over thought, over dubbed experience but rather one of expression, chance, reaction and mobilising our community to use this time for something new, that wouldn’t have occurred otherwise. To instigate a few days of communication and collaboration with the sole purpose of making new music, often among musicians who have not previously worked together or even actually met in person.

 



FROM ISOLATION No.6

David Coulter - Saw, violin, field recording // Julia Kent - Cello // Seb Rochford - Drums



Julia Kent Canadian-born, New York City-based cellist and composer Julia Kent creates music using layered and processed cello, electronics, and found sounds. She has released five solo records, the most recent being Temporal on UK label Leaf, and has toured throughout North America and Europe. In addition to her albums, she also composes music for film, theatre, and dance. More information: www.juliakent.com https://www.francineperry.com/

Sebastian Rochford is a Scottish drummer, composer and bandleader who spans many musical genres. Rochford has played drums for Polar Bear, Acoustic Ladyland, Basquiat Strings, Oriole, Menlo Park, Ingrid Laubrock Quintet, Bojan Zulfikarpasic's Tetraband, and Sons of Kemet. His new band Pulled By Magnets made its debut in London in late - 2018

David Coulter is an English-born multidisciplinary artist, musician, composer, director, and educator based in the Bay Area since 2015. Since the 1980s, he has directed shows, produced records, and played his musical saw and other assorted weird and less-weird instruments in studios, theaters, and stages and on recordings around the world with the likes of The Pogues, Tom Waits, Kronos Quartet, Laurie Anderson, Yoko Ono, Hal Willner, and Gorillaz. Coulter curates and directs multi-artist events. Credits include Monkey: Journey to the West (Gorillaz and Chen Shi-Zheng), Double Fantasy Live, Rain Dogs Revisited, Discreet + Oblique: The Music of Brian Eno, Twisted Christmas, In Dreams: David Lynch Revisited, Improbable’s The Eldership Project, and An Anatomy Act. His project, Jim Jarmusch Revisited, premiered at Philharmonie de Paris and went on to sell out London’s Barbican Theatre. Coulter recently collaborated with Kronos Quartet and composer Sahba Aminikia to create a new piece for the Guardian newspaper’s 3D film Virtual Reality project Sea Prayer: a 360 illustrated film based on a story by Khaled Hosseini. In April 2018 Coulter was Artist-In- Residence with Kronos Quartet for Kronos Festival 2018 at SFJazz Centre.



FROM ISOLATION No.5

Francine Perry - Synths, Vocal sampling, Effects // Jens L Thomsen - Synths, Drum machine, Bass // Simon Williams - Rhodes, Guitar, Drum programming



Francine Perry is a producer, mixer and recording engineer based in London. Francine composes music under the moniker La Leif , as well as writing and touring in the duo ORKA with Faroese producer Jens L. Thomsen. She is constantly recording the world around her, much of which ends up in her productions, often vastly manipulated into evolving textures, driving synths and layered beats. She is currently the resident engineer at Mute Records, working extensively with artists on the label. Francine won an Oram award in 2018, named after Daphne Oram, which recognises innovation in music, sound and related technologies. She also co-founded a collective called Omnii , aiming to inspire women, trans and non-binary sound enthusiasts to operate in all aspects of audio production. https://www.francineperry.com/

Jens L Thomsen is an artist and musician from the Faroe Islands. He has a BA in Music Technology from University of West London as well as an MSc in Acoustics from London South Bank University. His work typically explores the relationship between art and technology. Notable sound installations include NOR Ð which was commissioned by the Southbank Centre and exhibited at the Royal Festival Hall in London, and FØROYAR 5.2 which with the use of seismic technology allowed him to play on mountains as if they were instruments. His main artistic outlet is through the project Orka with Francine Perry, which he started 10 years ago by building homemade instruments out of found objects on a farm on the Faroe Islands. Jens spends a lot of time producing in the studio and is credited on close to a hundred releases. At the moment he tours as part of Yann Tiersen’s live band

Simon Williams is a composer and producer generally to be found where synthetic sounds meet organic performances. As part of electronic group LV Simon’s work has been released on the visionary Hyperdub label as well as Giles Peterson’s Brownswood recordings. Simon’s influences are as numerous as his collaborations which have included Tigran Hamasyan, Spoek Mathambo, Joshua Idehen and Orka to name a few. His magpie-like tendencies have built him a genre-defying sound spanning across musical disciplines. Currently Simon’s returned to an old fascination, writing music for film and incorporating these cinematic sounds into his compositions



FROM ISOLATION No.4

KCIN (Nicholas Meredith) - Drums, Modular synth // Tilman Robinson - Piano, Synth, Field recordings // Aphir (Becki Whitton) - Voice, Guitar Pedals



Nicholas Meredith (KCIN) 'Kcin is the project of Australian drummer/producer Nicholas Meredith. His sound-world, although wet through with electronic and digital elements, draws significantly from the natural world: monolithic structures, human biology, water. Working with themes of uncertainty and environmental change. His music is deeply personal and highly visceral. Moving from moments of stillness to complete sonic destruction. Meredith's history as a jazz drummer and improviser combined with his embrace of the infinite opportunities offered by technology infuse these compositions with a freedom of rhythm and structure that is energising. Kcin will be releasing two full-length records in 2020 as well as an EP with 'From Isolation'- mate, Tilman Robinson.

Tilman Robinsonis an Australian composer, producer and sound designer based in Melbourne. Hecreates electro-acoustic music across a range of genres including classical minimalism, improvised, experimental, electronic and ambient musics. Academy trained in the fields of both classical and jazz composition, Tilman’s diverse output focuses on the psychological impact of sound using acousmatics and psychoacoustic principles. Tilman has received major work commissions from broad sources including Arts CentreMelbourne, Perth International Arts Festival, PBSFM/ Melbourne International Jazz Festival,Australian Art Orchestra and APRA; and accolades including nominations for APRA/AMC Work of the Year, two Australian Bell Awards, a Music Victoria Genre Award, and was a finalist for the Melbourne Prize in 2016 & 2019. In May 2019 he was announced as the Artistic Associate of Australian experimental music group, Speak Percussion

Becki Whitton (Aphir) iAphir is the surrealist electronic choral project of songwriter, producer, engineer Becki Whitton. Influenced by 17th century vocal music, dreamscapes, and the catharsis brought about by screaming words of devotion into a wall of noise, Aphir’s songs are set in a world apart from the one we wake up to.



FROM ISOLATION No.3

Keeley Forsyth - Voice, Harmonium // James Johnston - Violin, Guitar, Organ, Voice // Ross Downes - Synths, Electronics, Organ



Keeley Forsyth is a composer, singer and actor from Oldham in the north-west of England. Her debut album, named Debris, was released by Leaf on 17 January 2020. Built upon sparse arrangements, her music is centred around a singular, emotionally raw and magnetic vocal delivery, by turns devastating and up-lifting. The characters who populate her songs tell stories of the high and low tides; of freedom and entrapment, of hard won triumphs and the dark corners of domestic life. The album was met with critical acclaim, praised by the likes of Pitchfork, The Quietus and Loud and Quiet. Speaking to The Guardian in January 2020 Forsyth shared plans to develop a live performance in collaboration with film-makers Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard. http://www.theleaflabel.com/

James JohnstonBorn in 1966, painter and musician James Johnston is primarily known for his work with his own band Gallon Drunk, as a former member of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Faust, Lydia Lunch, and both touring and recording with PJ Harvey - with whom his most recent work has been collaboration on theatre scores including All About Eve. A prolific painter exhibiting regularly, his work has also been used on book covers, as album artwork, and featured in a variety of arts publications, with paintings in international collections - including the collection of the University of Chicago in Paris.

Ross Downes is an artist and musician based in London UK. He studied Fine Art at the Edinburgh College of Art and Goldsmiths college, London. Recent musical activities from Downes have included compositions for large European art installation projects. During 2019 he contributed a piece to Mischa Kabul’s long running installation Res-o-nant at the Jewish Museum, Berlin. In 2018 he composed a lengthy work for his collaboration, with Cologne based, artist Sebastian Freytag on an ambitious light/audio installation titled Sygnal for The Museum Slaskie, Poland. He most recently composed the music for Turner Prize winner Laure Prouvost’s exhibition at the 2020 Sydney Biennale. Trestle Records will release Stacked Up At Zero, Ross’s new full length instrumental LP on May 1st 2020. Stacked Up At Zero is a carefully crafted record fluctuating between calm solace, foreboding tension and ambient longing. In 2017 he collaborated on the well-received Trestle release PUSH / LINK / SITE / CUT with the Dusseldorf based electronic musician Thomas Klein AKA Solyst (Kreidler, Bureau B). Ross is also the principle in-house designer for all Trestle Records releases.



FROM ISOLATION No.2

Adam Coney- Guitar // Anders Holst- Guitar // Duncan Marquiss - Guitar



Adam Coney is a composer/guitarist with a keen sense of production aesthetic and progressive sensibility who draws on contemporary classical, electronic, folk and jazz vernacular. Stylistically his solo work has been noted for its idiosyncratic take on pastoral and angular reflections. In addition to headlining performances at acclaimed venues such as Cafe OTO (London U.K) and international touring, Coney has supported artists such as Bill Orcutt & Daniel Lanois in live performance. He is also active in a number of other collaborative projects that reference free improvisation (Noon), post-rock (Morviscous), soundtrack (Fryer & Coney) and abstracted acoustic guitar (Colonel Acland & Lord Sydney)

Anders Holst is a Danish guitarist/composer, who is continuously looking to explore the means of expression through sound, and seeking to disclose the many sonic and textural possibilities that his instrument holds. His music is informed by reflections on the finds of his musical radar, which pans all around the world and is looking both back and ahead in time, and an equal devotion to improvisation and structure. He has released music in his own name on labels Blackout Music and Scissor Tail Records and on Rillbar with his alter ego Shadow Ray. Besides, he is part of collaborations such as Bog Bodies (MIR), Anders Holst & Yann Coppier (Clang Records), Cirklen, and Ektoplasma (w. Nils Gröndahl). He has played many acclaimed venues in Denmark and internationally

Duncan Marquiss is an artist and musician based in Glasgow. He has played guitar with Omnivore Demon, The Phantom Band, Thor & Friends and Hans Joachim Irmler (Faust). A solo record of instrumental guitar is due out on Trestle Records later this year.



FROM ISOLATION No.1

Leo Abrahams - Guitar / FX / Electronics // Sølyst- Synth / Sequencer // Simon Fisher-Turner - Field Recordings / Electronics



Leo Abrahams is a busy man. He’s worked with Brian Eno, Goldfrapp, David Holmes and David Byrne to name but a few. Whether as guitarist or producer, Leo always brings something crisp and innovative to the work. His own music is every bit as intriguing and as unique as you would imagine. Full of melodic twists and unusual textures. Vibrant and compelling. Since 2005 he has released five solo albums, largely in an ambient style involving complex arrangements and a use of guitar-generated textures.

Thomas Klein aka Sølyst lives and works in Düsseldorf/Germany. He is one of the founding members of the internationally renowned post-krautrock / electronic band Kreidler who release with the Hamberg based label Bureau B. Since 2013 he has been working as a solo artist under the moniker Sølyst, merging analog drumming and electronic sequences to a tribalistic and hypnotic sound. As Sølyst, he has released 3 albums of electronic instrumentals and several 12”, as well as participated in numerous collaborations with other musicians. He also creates music for dance, theatre and film as well as experiential art installations.

Simon Fisher Turner has developed a deep and abiding interest in the stuff of sound, accumulating a vast library of collected sounds from daily life. It is this interest which now forms the basis of his improvisatory, eclectic approach to music making, and is manifest on his most recent solo albums on the Mute label (his discography comprises some 30 solo albums to date). From trite pop to extreme sound- freakery, the mature SFT (as he now styles himself) has arrived at a mesmeric originality.


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