Phonica: Five features six exciting acts from Ireland, Spain and Iceland presenting a blend of songwriting and sound improvisation; poetry incorporating architecture and design; ‘musique concrète’; translation; poetry and audiovisual art; cello and electronics; and subversions of the expectations around spoken word performance.
Phonica is a primarily poetry and music series with an emphasis on multiformity and the experimental. Conceived, programmed and hosted since early 2016 by Christodoulos Makris and Olesya Zdorovetska, Phonica aims to explore compositional and performative ideas and to encourage a melting pot of audiences and artists from across artforms.
Estevo Creus was a founding member of the poetry publishing house Letras de Cal and of the theatre group Talía. His collections include: Poemas da cidade oculta (Edicións Xerais, 1996), Areados (Miguel González Garcés Prize, Deputación de A Coruña 1996), Teoría do Lugar (Eusebio Lorenzo Baleirón Prize, Edicións de O Castro, 1999), Decrúa (Fiz Vergara Vilariño Prize, Espiral Mayor, 2003), Facer merzbau non ou posible? (Non Ou Edicións, 2007). O libro dos cans (Franouren Ediciones, 2010), Balea2 (Edicións Positivas, 2011). Creus is a member of the group Non Ou Edicións and of the multidisciplinary company Traspediante. He is currently collaborating with the pianist Pablo Seoane in No Lugar do Lugar, an improv. poetry and music show. “He is indebted to the European avant-garde, in particular to Dadaist rebelliousness, radical dislocation, and deep distrust of language”.
Keith Payne is the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary Award winner for 2015-2016. His debut collection Broken Hill (Lapwing Publications, 2015) was followed by Six Galician Poets (Arc Publications, 2016). He is founder and co-director of POEMARIA Festival of Poetry, Vigo and The La Malinche Readings. He lives in Vigo, Galicia with his partner the musician Su Garrido Pombo, where he translates both from Galego and Spanish.
Robert Herbert McClean is an experimental writer and audio-visual artist. His work has appeared in The White Review, gorse, The Irish Times, and Poetry Ireland Review. His debut book Pangs! (2015) is available from Test Centre, and his debut album, ∞ - aka Infinity (2016) was released by Blank Editions.
Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir is a multidisciplinary artist, poet and musician. Her work often involves the structure of invisible things and she is known for her unusual poetic bridge between artistic mediums.
Laura Hyland is an artist and composer from Wexford. She performs solo, and with her group Clang Sayne which she initiated in 2008 to combine her interests in songwriting and sound improvisation, and with whom she will release her 2nd album, The Round Soul of the World later this month. Her music has been described as “exhilarating in its refusal to conform” (The Wire magazine, UK), and “showing an uncategorisable approach to songcraft” (Tokafi magazine DE). Her current solo performance incorporates poetry, traditional and contemporary folk song, voice and guitar improvisation, spoken word and storytelling.
Anthony Kelly & David Stalling have been collaborating on a series of sound and visual works since 2003. Together they make sound and video installations. Their work encompasses a shared practice of recycling ‘objets trouveés’ of sound, visual and text material in their ongoing collaborative sessions. The juxtaposition of contrasting material results in a series of audio/ visual ‘musique concrète’ pieces. Kelly and Stalling also perform live improvisations, as a duo as well as with others, including Strange Attractor, The Quiet Club, Robert Curgenven and Jennifer Walshe. Some of their recent performances include listen | compose | perform, Henrietta Street, Dublin, In-stream, Ulster University, Belfast; Just Listening, LSAD Limerick; the i-and-e festival, Dublin; They founded the sound art label Farpoint Recordings in 2005, publishing projects by artists such as Quiet Music Ensemble, Karen Power, Stephen Vitiello, Fergus Kelly and Linda O’Keeffe, and many others alongside their own work.
Kate Ellis is a versatile musician dedicated to the performance of New and World Music. As Cellist and artistic director of Crash Ensemble, Ireland’s leading new music group, Kate has performed and broadcast throughout Ireland, Europe, Australia and the US. She is a member of Ergodos Musicians, Tarab and Yurodny, three ensembles exploring the interpretation of traditional and contemporary music, and has performed with Bobby McFerrin, Tom Jones, Martin Hayes, Iarla O Lionaird, Gavin Friday and Karan Casey amongst others. Kate released a CD of new works for Cello and Electronics on the Diatribe label in 2014. “Kate Ellis has an admirable reputation as an instinctive and technically brilliant musician” - The Irish Examiner.
Admission: €6.00 / €4.00
Phonica acknowledges generous funding support from The Arts Council of Ireland under its Festivals and Events Scheme.
Published on 3 April 2017