Nawr Anois present... Softday


UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art is looking forward to hosting the next concert in the NAWR ANOIS series being hosted by the School’s Music Technology department.

Softday poster

The concert will take place on Saturday 28th April in the BBC Hall at 7pm. This month’s special guests are the Irish art-science duo Softday and sonic artist and digital luthier, Simon Kilshaw, who is the Programme Director of Music Technology at UWTSD.

Dr. Jenny Kirby, Lecturer in Music Technology and co-organiser of NAWR said: “This Saturday will be our 20th concert of experimental and multi-disciplinary music with NAWR. There is a growing positive energy around avant-garde music in Swansea and it’s great to see such an appetite for local and international artists. Our audience is made up of hard-core experimental music enthusiasts, artists from other disciplines with an interest in sound and people who come with no idea of what to expect.”

NAWR (meaning NOW in Welsh) is a new multidisciplinary concert series in Swansea consisting of experimental music, free improvisation, film, lo-fi, free jazz, sound art, alternative folk and new music, which is convened by Rhodri Davies, Jenn Kirby, Rose Linn-Pearl and Dan Linn-Pearl and Daryl Feehely.

Rhodri Davies is co-organiser of NAWR and has previously appeared in one of the concerts in the series. He said: “The aim is to offer an open and reflective space for an audience to experience new music in a welcoming and intimate setting."

Since 1999 Softday, the art-science collaboration of artist Sean Taylor and computer scientist Mikael Fernström, have engaged with issues relating to natural cycles in time, climate change, and its global effects. Early projects such as Bliain Le Baisteach (A Year of Rainfall) (2000) looked at fluctuating annual rainfall patterns in Ireland. Further, Cóisir an Tsionainn (The Shannon Suite) (2003) focused on the four-year life cycle of the wild Atlantic salmon and the effects of overfishing and pollution on the species ability to survive.

As a collaborative team, they use their art practice to explore relations to and understandings of nature, expressed through sonifications and multimedia artworks and performances. Both artists are interested in exploring the cracks between various media and creative genres such as expanded theatre, sound art, socially engaged practice, sculpture, music, dance and the application of new technologies.

Simon Kilshaw is a composer, performer, sonic artist, songwriter, producer, software designer, inventor and instrument builder, systems programmer, Digital Creator through coding. Simon invents new musical instruments using a wide variety of digital technologies, from sensors and tracking hardware to pure coded environments, and composes new repertoire for them. Simon has developed a range of instruments and compositional tools for the creation of new musical works. In this way, Simon describes his research as "Digital Lutherie". Simon's recent work has been in the development of bespoke audio system extensions for the Unity Game Engine. Simon is the Programme Director for Music Technology at University of Wales Trinity Saint David. His work is inspired by the early 20th century pioneers of electronic noise machines, particularly the Italian Futurist movement.

Event details:

Doors: 7pm with a 7.30 start

Tickets: £8 and £5 concession

Venue: BBC Hall, SA1 5DT

Supported by Culture Ireland as part of GB18: Promoting Irish Arts in Britain and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

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