Sylvia & I
Chris Dowding – trumpet, piccolo trumpet, flugelhorn & electronics
Sylvia Hallett – violin, voice, bicycle wheel, saw & electronics
Sylvia & I use overlapping loops and other effects to create a sonic dream-world, both haunting, beautiful, with excursions into the dark side. The music unfurls slowly, drawing the listener into an immersive sea of melodic fragments and dreamy soundscapes.
Over the last three years Sylvia & I have performed at improvised music nights and venues
around the UK, such as The Vortex, Hundred Years Gallery, The Klinker, Flimflam, and in
Norwich. They launched their album “the holding breath” with a performance at Wymondham Music Festival, in South Norfolk, and will be touring Britain in 2019.
Chris Dowding is a moving force on the Norwich experimental music scene, and co-founded the Norfolk and Norwich Sonic Arts Collective. He performs regularly in the bands Natural Causes (recently reviewed by the Wire), Rude 2.0 (with the trombonist Annie Whitehead), and leads the Moonrise Trio. He has toured the UK with these bands, performing at Union Chapel, Dartington, and regularly at The Vortex Jazz Club. In 2010, he performed on flugelhorn for ‘Songs at a Year’s End’ – an Opera North production about the miner’s strike, composed by Hugh Nankivell, with words by Ian McMillan. Since moving back to Norfolk (where he grew up) in 2014, he has explored a wide range of projects, often with brass, including performing with The Brass Monkeys, the “arresting trumpet duo” some things, and was featured at BBC Radio 3’s Exposure event in Norwich with the “immersive textures” of hymn.
Sylvia Hallett is a multi-instrumentalist and composer. Her work grew out of the London
Musicians Collective, where she played in a trio with Lol Coxhill and Susannah Ferrar, and was a regular contributor on NATO records with British Summer Time Ends. Recently she has collaborated with Evan Parker, David Toop, Anna Homler (The Many Moods of Bread and Shed CD), Clive Bell (The Geographers CD) Mike Adcock (Reduced CD), and regularly plays with the London Improvisers Orchestra. She also performs solo and has released 3 solo CDs on MASH and EMANEM. Site specific commissions include a semi-composed work which she performed for the Livio Felluga Wine Company on a hillside vineyard in Italy.
As a composer she has worked extensively with the choreographers Miranda Tufnell, Jacky
Lansley, h2dance, Wonderful Beast Theatre Company, and has composed music for many BBC Radio dramas.
album : the holding breath
Available on cassette (and download) and download from: https://sylviaandi.bandcamp.com/album/the-holding-breath
Graham Dunning and Ed Lucas
Graham and Ed have a new album of trumpet & turntable free improv recordings coming out on Italian label tsss tapes.
Ed Lucas is co-organiser (with Daniel Kordik) of the Earshots label – their long running trombone and synth duo led to the beginning of the concert series and label. He has had many associations with improvising musicians in London and beyond. http://earshots.org/