Tim Etchells + Aisha Orazbayeva


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In Seeping Through, artist, director of Forced Entertainment and writer Tim Etchells collaborates with violinist Aisha Orazbayeva on a rolling improvisation that combines and moves between spoken text and music.

The work comprises a set of spontaneous fragmentary improvisations in which text and music are treated as fluid forces in the same space, fading in and out of each other, breathing together, cutting and cancelling each other, creating a dynamic and always unstable landscape.

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Constructing the accumulating text collage of the work, Etchells’ draws on fragments from his notebooks as well as on excerpts from performance texts and works in progress, creating collisions, loops, and unexpected connections between different spoken materials. In Etchells’ solo work language is somewhere between its semantics and its ephemeral materiality as sound vibration, texture and rhythm.

The technical virtuoso Orazbayeva meanwhile, plays the violin in a way that tests the instruments’ limits, deconstructing and at the same time uncovering new sound potentials as well as radically remixing and quoting from elements of classical repertoire. 

Orazbayeva and Etchells released an EP Seeping Through on PRAH records in 2016. Their improvised piece ‘Until the End’ is online at The Wire magazine:

Tim Etchells is an artist and a writer based in the UK whose work shifts between performance, visual art and fiction. He has worked in a wide variety of contexts, notably as the leader of the world-renowned Sheffield-based performance group Forced Entertainment.

Aisha Orazbayeva is a Kazakh-born violinist renowned for her interpretations of contemporary music and her radical approach to old violin repertoire. She has released two critically acclaimed solo albums on Nonclassical and PRAH recordings, and has performed in venues such as New York’s Carnegie Hall.

Only Connect
18 - 20 May 2017

Sentralen, Oslo
Øvre Slottsgate 3

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