NAWR Music

NAWR at Novemberfest - Friday, November 17, 2017 19:30 - 22:30

 NAWR at Novemberfest

Volcano, 27-29 High St, Swansea, SA1 1LG

SUE TOMPKINS: Pass the Drones


SUE TOMPKINS (b. 1971, Leighton Buzzard) lives and works in Glasgow.
Working with fragments of language gathered from everyday encounters and experiences, Tompkins’ practice incorporates text, sound, installation and performance.

Tompkins graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 1994, and has been involved in exhibitions and performances worldwide including solo exhibitions at The Modern Institute, Glasgow; Inverleith House, Edinburgh; Spike Island, Bristol; and Contemporary Art Musuem, St. Louis. She has presented performances and been included in numerous group exhibitions including those at: Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis; Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge; the 29th São Paolo Biennale, São Paolo; the British Art Show 7 at the Hayward Gallery, London and touring; MACBA, Barcelona; ICA and the Tate Modern, London; and Artists Space, New York.

Tompkins recently produced web-based project, My Kind Book with Dia Art Foundation, New York, 2012, and has a collaborative publication with her twin sister Hayley Tompkins, through and through, published by LemonMelon in 2013.
Tompkins was shortlisted for the Beck’s Futures Prize in 2006, and received the Paul Hamlyn Award in 2011. She was formerly a member of the Glasgow based art collective Elizabeth Go, and the band Life Without Buildings.



Pat Morgan - brought up on a diet of TV theme tunes from an early age, has a deep respect for early electronica . Her music has mostly been a platform for the lyrics of David R Edwards in Datblygu. More recently, she has been involved in experimental improvisation with Canolfan Hamdden collaborating with Gwenno, Rhys Edwards, Pencadlys and Tim Saunders. Be prepared for a twist on the sounds that shaped her past.



Dr. Jenn Kirby is an Irish composer, performer, software developer and academic based in Swansea. Her work ranges from instrumental composition, to electroacoustic, to laptop orchestra and the performance of live electronics. Jenn's work explores elements of theatricality, humour and subversion. Jenn works as the Programme Director for Music Performance and Production at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, where she teaches composition and music technology.

Jenn’s research is largely focused on the performance of electronic music. The output from which includes the foundation of the Swansea Laptop Orchestra. Another aspect of her research output is the creation of software for new music performance and the re-purposing of controllers and interfaces as musical performance instruments.



Swansea Laptop Orchestra & Deaf Pictures - Nov 10

The Swansea Laptop Orchestra & Deaf Pictures are playing in The Mission Gallery in Swansea on Friday, Nov 10 to close Doug Ashford's exhibition in collaboration with Mission Gallery, Swansea International Festival and NAWR.

Doors 7pm, start 7:30pm, £5



NAWR at Swansea International Festival - Oct 1, 8, 12 & 13

NAWR at Swansea International Festival

Oct 1 - 19:30


First in a series of four NAWR October events in collaboration with Swansea International Festival. If you have ever been tempted by free improvisation, says comedian Stewart Lee, Evan Parker is your gateway drug.

Stiwdios Abertawe, Prifysgol Cymru Y Drindod Dewi Sant, Coleg Celf Abertawe
Swansea Studios, University of Wales Trinity St David, Swansea College of Art
32 Ffordd Alexandra Road


Oct 8 - 19:30


Second NAWR concert @ Swansea International Festival featuring avant-garde musicians from U.S. Switzerland and UK.

Stiwdios Abertawe, Prifysgol Cymru Y Drindod Dewi Sant, Coleg Celf Abertawe
Swansea Studios, University of Wales Trinity St David, Swansea College of Art
32 Ffordd Alexandra Road



Oct 12 - 19:30


The third NAWR concert @ Swansea International Festival welcomes Philip Corner who is an American composer, musician and visual artist. A founder member of Fluxus, he has performed with George Maciunas, Yoko Ono and Nam June Paik.

Venue: Mission Gallery, Gloucester Place, Swansea SA1 1TY

Oct 13 - 19:30


Final NAWR concert @ Swansea International Festival, the legendary Fluxus artist and musician Philip Corner is joined by experimental harpist Rhodri Davies.

Stiwdios Abertawe, Prifysgol Cymru Y Drindod Dewi Sant, Coleg Celf Abertawe
Swansea Studios, University of Wales Trinity St David, Swansea College of Art
32 Ffordd Alexandra Road


Swansea International Festival



NAWR #8 - Saturday, July 22, 2017 19:00 - 22:00

BBC Hall, 32 Alexandra Road, Abertawe / Swansea SA1 5DT




Burkhard Beins, born 1964 in Lower Saxony, lives in Berlin since 1995. As a composer/performer of experimental music he is known for his definitive use of percussion in combination with selected sound objects. Furthermore, he works with live-electronics/analog synthesizers and has conceived several sound installations. Alongside his solo work he is a member of the ensembles Polwechsel, Activity Center, The Sealed Knot, Perlonex, Sawt Out, Trio Sowari, Junk Orbit, Fracture Mechanics, and Splitter Orchester and also works with composers and musicans such as Sven-Åke Johansson, Andrea Neumann, Keith Rowe, Tarek Atoui, Chris Abrahams, John Tilbury, Klaus Lang, or Charlemagne Palestine.

Since the late 1980's he is performing at internationally renowned venues and festivals throughout Europe, America, Australia and Asia as diverse as the LMC Festival (London), Int. Ferienkurse (Darmstadt), SKIF (St. Petersburg), Musiktage (Donaueschingen), Musique Action (Nancy), Choppa Festival (Singapore), Cave 12 (Geneva), The Now now (Sydney), ZKM (Karlsruhe), Kaleidophon (Ulrichsberg), Kid Ailack Music Hall (Tokyo), Gaudeamus Festival (Amsterdam), Liquid Architecture (Australia), Meteo (Mulhouse), Taktlos (CH), Berghain (Berlin), Konfrontationen (Nickelsdorf), Serralves (Porto), Wien Modern (Vienna), MoMA (New York), New Music Festival (Hanoi), Irtijal (Beirut), or Maerzmusik (Berlin). Burkhard Beins has been Artist-In- Residence at Künstlerhäuser Worpswede (2009), EMS Stockholm (2014), Muong Studios, Hoa Binh/Vietnam (2015), or Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Captiva/Florida (2017).

He gives workshops based on his graphic score system Adapt/Oppose, has published several articles on music theory, and is a co-editor of the book "Echtzeitmusik Berlin - Self-Defining a Scene" as well as the curator of a follow-up 3CD compilation featuring the Berlin Echtzeitmusik scene. Meanwhile he has released more than 50 CDs and LPs on labels like Zarek, Erstwhile, 2:13 Music, Hat Hut, Potlatch, Absinth, God Records, Mikroton, or Confront.



NAWR #7 - Sunday, June 18, 2017 - 19:30 - £6/£5

BBC Hall, 32 Alexandra Road, Abertawe / Swansea SA1 5DT
Olivia Louvel is a French-born, British composer, producer and artist whose work draws on voice, computer music and digital narrative. Her latest release 'Data Regina' is a multimedia suite in which she explores the reigns of Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I, delivering her own singular transposition through a cd publication and an interactive digital platform hosting a series of 3D animations. Her work has been supported by the Arts Council of England and she was awarded the Qwartz Album for 'Doll Divider' at the Qwartz Electronic Music Awards in 2011. She has received extensive airplay on significant radio programs throughout the world (BBC Radio 3, Radio Eins, Resonance, RTVE radio 3, Rai 3, RTE, France Musique). Olivia Louvel has opened for artists such as Planningtorock at the Earsthetic Festival Brighton Dome, Japanese avant garde artist Phew at Iklectik, London and Recoil for various concerts on the European 'Selected' tour.
Bill Thompson is a sound and video artist currently living in the UK. His work involves the combination of found objects, field recordings, repurposed live electronics, and digital media to create evolving structures for installation and live performance.
He has earned numerous awards and commissions including the PRS for New Music ATOM award, the GAVAA visual arts award, a PRS for New Music Three Festival commission, the 2010 Aberdeen Visual Arts Award, and was nominated for the Paul Hamlyn Award in 2012.
As a sound artist, Thompson creates immersive environments that slowly shift and evolve over time and that focus listeners’ attention on the act of perception as much as on the work itself. His installations have been shown across the UK and abroad with his most recent being A Knowing Space premiered in London at Union Chapel in 2016.
Similarly, as a performer and improviser, he works primarily with live electronics and found objects to create immersive pieces that bring awareness to perception and presence through close listening. His compositions often involve long sustained tones, slowly evolving textures, and indeterminate or improvised structures.
In addition to his solo work, Thompson has collaborated with choreographer Ian Spink for several years in the performance company Airfield. He has also worked with several well-known artists including Keith Rowe, Faust, EXAUDI and others.

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Experimental, ambient and improvised music featuring electric Guitar and Violin, signposted to Sound Art, Minimalism, Noise and Classical genres. Each piece unfolds in both melody and discordance, sometimes to oblique crescendo, and other times off the edge of a cliff and into the unknown.
Rose & Dan Linn-Pearl are Welsh-born musicians. Collaborating as a partnership for over 15 years, they have performed throughout the UK. Beginning their musical life as a busking partnership in North America, they have since traversed alt rock (Alpha Rise), political folk (Linear Bug), and experimental electronic pop (Karma junkie).
Currently they are experimenting with improvisation, working within the confines of violin and electric guitar. Recently they worked with Sam Grant at Blank Studios in Newcastle to produce their first album, which is due to be released in the coming months.
They are also producing 'Sain : Sound', a documentary film exploring the sonic arts scene in Wales.'


NAWR #6 - Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 19:30

BBC Hall, 32 Alexandra Road, Swansea SA1 5DT NAWR 6


NAWR #5 - Sunday, Mar 19, 2017

Noah's Yard, Uplands, Swansea
Alasdair Roberts / Stevie Jones / Alex Neilson

Chris Cundy is an English musician and composer specialising in bass clarinet, saxophones and other woodwinds. He currently splits his time between the UK where he lives and Canada. He has toured internationally with Cold Specks, Timber Timbre, Guillemots, and Fyfe Dangerfield. Other collaborations have included working with songwriters Little Annie, Baby Dee, Devon Sproule, and Anna Homler and his practice extends from popular music to theatre, experimental and improvised performances.
"Swirling around the songs was bass clarinet player Chris Cundy, like a birdsong interrupting an argument" - LOS ANGELES TIMES

Alasdair Roberts


NAWR #4 - Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016

Round Reading Room, Alex Design Centre, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Swansea
RICHARD BARRETT: Tendril (Richard Barrett & Milana Zarić)





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GWYL NAWR Festival - Sunday, November 20, 2016 - Volcano, Swansea

Dathliad o gerddoriaeth a ffilm arbrofol i gefnogi achosion ffoaduriaid lleol. / An all day experimental music and film celebration in support of local refugee causes.

Clive Bell / Douglas Benford / Kevin Chan / Euros Childs / Matt Collier / Angharad Davies / Rhodri Davies / Medi Evans / Daryl Feehely / David Garner / GINKO / ANi GLASS / Ian Holloway DJ (Quiet World) / Adam Howell / Simon Kilshaw / Jenn Kirby / Dan Linn-Pearl / Rose Linn-Pearl / Matthew Lovett / Hiromi Okumura / Helen Papaioannou / David Pearl / Mike Pearson / Helen Petts / Michał Poręba / Damian Rees / Heike Roms / John Rowley / Aura Satz / Swansea Laptop Orchestra / Richard Thomas / Ian Watson / Valerie Williams

a mwy / and more tbc

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