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live convertor kaffe matthews :: biography
live convertor kaffe matthews : biography
with a further stride into more noisy rhythms and abstract cyber landscapes, kaffe's music continues to transport and defy rules and regulations around sound and performance. her electronics her instrument, she still starts each show with no sound grabs from what's there, making pieces crackling with digita and tones and static, fizzing into pounding beats and cut* to some hanging still space of beauty. clarity in her intent now so apparent, she seems to have sourced some kind of wizard abuse of repetition to transport all senses. the tabletop violin a rare addition, kaffe drives a wedge of life into that old laptop performic. check out her latest release, cd cecile and http://www.stalk.net/annetteworks for where you'll find her next..
a little background.
kaffe has been making and performing new music via all kinds of digital gadgetry all over the world for the past ten years. From a background in violin, shopkeeping, Zoology, drumming, acid house engineering and a masters in Music Technology, she is now most known for her live sampling performances of events and places in real time: processing in installation, on stage, in galleries, clubs, concert halls, tents, churches, the outback, warehouses, or ambient tea rooms. The music is vast, sculpted into textural landscapes, vibrating granular technohymns, noisy and beats via her on stage processing of sound from carefully placed microphones and an occasinal violin.
Recently she has collaborated and performed with Christian Fennesz, mimeo, Charles Hayward, Jon Rose, Pan-sonic, Butch Morris' conduction, Andy Moor(the EX), the BROOD, Neotropic(aka Riz Maslem), Hayley Newman, Kingsuk Biswas(Bedouin Ascent), artist Mandy McIntosh (see http://www.backspace.org/mobilehome), Bruce Gilchrist and Joe Joelson (SYZYGY, interactive kite flying collaboration, where she was using weather data collected via the kites to compose) and has just returned from wiredup desert experiments with Australian wire music merchant Alan Lamb. Watch out for uplinked performances from the bush in 2001.
Teaching-wise, she introduced and established the course Performance Technology, to Dartington College of Arts, Devon, UK ('91-'95) and is now tutoring some violin and live electronic techniques to students at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. Through '94 to '97 she worked as a director for Sonic Arts Network and the London Musicians Collective.
She regularly performs all over the world and has just released her third solo work cd cecile, made from performances in Oslo, London and Chicago, '98-'99, available from Annette Works or selected stores.
FOR MORE INFO AND UP TO DATE CALENDAR, PLEASE CHECK OUT http://www.stalk.net/annetteworks or contact us at ANNETTE WORKS. PO box 14077, London N16 5LE, UK. t/f: 00 44 (0)171 502 0814 mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Some press comments
Selected discography :
"a text of violin music" video Simon Biggs ('95),
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