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First UK Sonic Arts Residency with Islamic Republic of Iran


Press Release by Six Pillars

International arts consultancy Six Pillars announces the UK's first sound art residency for Iranian artists and musicians. Five emerging practitioners visit London for the first time from Iran on 9 December. The two weeks intense preparation and technical workshops peak with the performance of “Iran-UK Sonics” at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Friday 13 December, 6pm and a broadcast on arts-music radio station Resonance104.4FM.

Nasim Khorassani, A master's graduate in composition at the University of Tehran

The artists will collaborate with Sound Arts and Design graduates of the London College of Communication and work with both legendary improvising guitarist Keith Rowe (founding member of AMM, The Scratch Orchestra), the godfather of electro-acoustic improvisation and radical composer and pianist Veryan Weston (London Improvisers Orchestra, Derek Jarman's Caravaggio), who himself leads the performance at Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Fari Bradley of Six Pillars who is running this visionary project with Southbank Centre, LCC and Resonance104.4FMAfter a public call out and in-depth selection process, we've a hugely varied group coming to exchange ideas with the UK. Our aim is to dialogue with Iran about experimental music, and make a difference in terms of frequently problematic cultural perceptions. Were seeking peer to peer exchange at the forefront of this exciting musical genre, involving the most potent members of the UK scene. 'Iran-UK Sonics' is the culmination of years of cultural research for Six Pillars' weekly broadcasts on radio station Resonance104.4FM.”

Six Pillars Residency Page and Call Out:

Keith Rowe - NY TImes
AMM - wikipedia
Veryan Weston
Southbank Centre
LCC Sound Arts

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