NAWR ANOIS welcomes international artists for first Springtime concert


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David is delighted to present the latest NAWR ANOIS concert.

Poster for March concert

This latest concert in the series welcomes Rhodri Davies, Ingar Zach, Chris Cundy, and Benedict Taylor.

Rhodri Davies lives in Swansea, South Wales. He plays harp, electric harp, live-electronics and builds wind, water, ice, dry ice and fire harp installations. He has released four solo albums: Trem, Over Shadows, Wound Response and An Air Swept Clean of All Distance. His regular groups include HEN OGLEDD, Cranc, a duo with John Butcher, The Sealed Knot, Common Objects and a trio with John Tilbury and Michael Duch. 

Ingar Zach is part of a contingent of Norwegian avant-garde jazz musicians who organized themselves a scene in the mid- to late-'90s. A free jazz drummer with a propensity to slip effortlessly into something more non-idiomatic, Zach displayed a good balance between industriousness and subtlety, much like countryman Paal Nilssen-Love. He is best known for his work in the groups Tri-Dim and No Spaghetti Edition. He co-runs the small free improv label Sofa.

Playing bass clarinet, saxophones, and other unusual woodwind instruments – Chris Cundy is a composer and performer exploring an experimental practice while also working in popular music. Other activities include writing theatre music, performing modern classical and free improvisation.  

Benedict Taylor is an award-winning composer & solo violist. He studied at the Royal Northern College of Music & Goldsmiths College, and is a leading figure within the area of contemporary composition & string performance, at the forefront of the British & European new and improvised music scene. He composes, performs & records internationally, in many leading venues and festivals including: Royal Court Theatre, Rambert Dance Company, BBC Arts Online, Berlinale, Venice International Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, Huddersfield Contemporary Festival, London Contemporary Music Festival, Aldeburgh Festival, Cantiere D'Arte di Montepulciano, Edinburgh Festival, CRAM Festival, Cafe Oto, The Barbican, Royal Albert Hall, Southbank Centre, The Vortex, Ronnie Scott's, ICA, BBC Radio 3 & 2, Radio Libertaire Paris, Resonance FM London. He is involved with a number of higher education institutions, giving composition, improvisation & performance lectures at the Royal College of Music and Goldsmiths College, amongst others. He is the founder / artistic director of CRAM, a music collective and independent label.

The concert will take place in the historic Dylan Thomas House in the heart of Swansea’s Cultural Quarter. The building has been home to the BBC in Swansea for over 80 years. More recently the building has become the home of Swansea College of Art’s Music Technology and Performance courses.

Dr. Jenn Kirby is the Programme Director of BA Music (Performance and Production) at UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art. She said: "We are excited to introduce these contemporary Irish music artists to new audiences in Wales, with this intimate concert series."

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. The series showcases the diverse music of contemporary Irish, Welsh and international artists. The series aims to develop deeper connections between Irish and Welsh composers, sound artists and musicians.

Jenn Kirby said: “The aim is to offer an open and reflective space for an audience to experience new music in a welcoming and intimate setting."

Please note that due to illness, Mia has had to postpone her trip to Swansea and will not be performing as advertised. We are hoping to invite her to play at another concert in the near future.


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