Ashley Paul’s ‘Ray’ / Anne-F Jacques / Laurie Tompkins
Eroteme’s April show brings us the singularly intimate songcraft of ‘Ray’ : Ashley Paul’s new trio, alongside bass clarinetist Yoni Silver and bassist Otto Willberg.
Also joining us is Canadian sound artist Anne-F Jacques, bringing her various erratic DIY contraptions and sounding objects, alongside the Unhinged madness of UK composer Laurie Tompkins.
Ashley Paul is an American multi-instrumentalist/ composer based in London. Her intuitive process integrates free form song structures with a focused approach to sound. Using a complexity of instruments including saxophone, clarinet, voice, prepared guitar and percussion she creates a delicate palette, uniquely her own.
During the summer of 2020 Ashley began composing for her new trio RAY featuring Yoni Silver and Otto Willberg. Ashley released the album ‘Ray’ on Slip in late 2020. It is a reflection of the intense emotional year, filled with melody, humor, dissonance and longing. Performing live, the trio explores the fringes of free improvisation and song form, where melodies are dissected and slowly pieced together, alluding to shape but only occasionally binding together.
Anne-F Jacques is a sound artist based in Montreal, Canada. She is interested in amplification, erratic devices and oblique interactions between materials with the construction of various contraptions and idiosyncratic systems.
Jacques creates unique sound-making Objects from small motors, found objects and other discarded parts, and she utilizes contact mics and tiny amplification set-ups to produce really fascinating textures and unexpected rhythms.
Her particular focus is on low technology, trivial and unpolished sounds. She regularly realizes installations, performances and ephemeral interventions and gives workshops about domestic appliances hacking. She has worked amongst others with Tsonami Festival (Chile), Experimental Intermedia (New York), Ftarri (Tokyo), CTM (Berlin), Umbral (Mexico), Centrale for Contemporary Arts(Brussels), High Zero (Baltimore) and MEM (Bilbao).
Laurie Tompkins is a UK composer, performer and co-founder and co-director of the Slip label.
From scores for samples, instruments and voices he creates a grabbable music that dreams and confounds. Bodies, things, words, and sounds strain under duress, looping their way through scenes of grubby presence, not-quite riff, moldy echo, and swollen bombast.
His spring 2022 discs for Entr’acte, 33-33 and Hyperdelia are a thick, unruly soup of keys and computer with pianist Eliza McCarthy; a desperate suite of consoling, tanked songs with takes from Jess Hickie-Kallenbach, Teresa Winter, Gwilly Edmondez and videos by Joel Wycherley; and some dilated rotten soul with Eliza and Ashley Paul.