Having heard of Capel Y Graig by word of mouth, Angharad stopped by on the off chance whilst passing through Ffwrnais and popped in. Excited by the idiosyncratic acoustics of the Capel, Anghared asked if she could return, accompanied by Steve and Simon, to experiment and record in and with the Capel space. It was exciting and intriguing to see and hear the collaborative improvisational process unfold between them and the Capel… and a pleasure to have them spend time here.
Also listen to Lechyd O Gylch (Health All Round), Angharad Davies on Violin, Steve Beresford on harmonium, recorded by Simon Reynell at Capel y Graig on the 9th October, 2014.
Angharad Davies is a violinist, one at ease in both improvising and composition, with a wide discography as part of varied range of ensembles and groups. She’s a specialist in the art of ‘preparing’ her violin, adding objects or materials to it to extend its sound making properties. Her sensitivity to the sonic possibilities of musical situations and attentiveness to their shape and direction make her one of contemporary music’s most fascinating figures. She’s performed at, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, BBC Proms, Music We’d Like to Hear’s concert series, is an associate artist at Cafe Oto, is a member of Apartment House, Cranc and Common Objects, been artist in residence at Q-02 , and played live with Tony Conrad in the Turbine Room at the Tate Modern. Other collaborations have featured the likes of Kazuko Hohki, Tisha Mukarji, Cat Lamb, Lina Lapelyte, Dominic Lash, Rie Nakajima, Julia Eckhardt, J.G.Thirlwell, Stefan Thut, Paul Whitty, Manfred Werder and Taku Unami and she’s released records on Absinth Records, Another Timbre, Potlatch and Confrontrecords.angharaddavies.com
Internationally known as a free improviser on piano and electronics, Steve Beresford has worked with hundreds of musicians, including The Slits, Han Bennink, Christine Tobin, Ivor Cutler, Prince Far-I, Alan Hacker, Ray Davies, Ilan Volkov, David Toop, Najma Akhtar, Evan Parker, Adrian Sherwood, The Flying Lizards, Otomo Yoshihide and John Zorn, and has an extensive discography.
Steve was awarded a Paul Hamlyn award for composers in 2012.
Simon Reynell is a sound recordist who has worked in UK television for over 30 years, mainly on documentaries. Though he’s always been freelance, a lot of his work has been for the BBC, and he has worked on countless documentary series, several of which have won awards. These include Panorama, Horizon, Back to the Floor, Kitchen Nightmares, Trouble at the Top, Children’s Hospital, Mary Queen of Shops etc. etc.Recent credits include Make Bradford British (Love Productions for Channel Four), Mary’s Bottom Line (Endemol for Channel Four), Simon Hopkinson Cooks (Ricochet for Channel Four) and Cowboy Builders (Ricochet for Channel Five).In addition to television work, Simon also records and edits music. He has a strong interest in avant-garde music and set up the CD label Another Timbre in 2007: anothertimbre.com bangthebore.org/archives/890 (interview with Simon Reynell)