All Systems Go: Steve Saunders & Rie Nakajima
A new exciting programme of live experimental music commissions, each exploring responses from UK and international artists to the pandemic. This event features a live performance from Steven Saunders and a screening of a new commissioned work from Rie Nakajima.
Rie Nakajima is a Japanese artist working with installations and performances that produce sound. Her works are most often composed in direct response to unique architectural spaces using a combination of kinetic devices and found objects. Fusing sculpture and sound, her artistic practice is open to chance and the influence of others, raising important questions about the definition of art. She has exhibited and performed worldwide. Her first major solo exhibition was held at IKON Gallery in Birmingham in 2018. She has also collaborated with Museo Vostell Malpartida (Cáceres), Tate Modern (London), Serralves Museum (Porto), ShugoArts (Tokyo), Hara Museum (Tokyo), The Hepworthwakefield (Wakefield), Martin Gropius Bau (Berlin) and Cafe OTO (London). Her frequent collaborators includes David Cunningham, Keiko Yamamoto, Pierre Berthet, Marie Roux, Billy Steiger, David Toop, Akira Sakata among others. In 2014 she received Art Foundation Award in the category of Experimental Music.
Steve Saunders is a composer and improviser working in the field of contemporary music. His work draws upon techniques of the 20th century modernists, such as Pierre Boulez and Elliott Carter, often aiming to extend this language within an improvisatory context. Steve has worked on commissions from the UK and US, alongside developing his career as a guitarist and band leader on the UK jazz and improvised music scene. Recent highlights include his work Assimilation (or a failure in the art thereof), a solo piano piece written for ‘Contemporary Arts Jazz Ensemble’ exploring early Pythagorean philosophy, as well as a recording with the ‘Paul Dunmall Sextet’ entitled Cosmic Dream Projection, released February 2021 on FMR Records.