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Thursday 5 December 2019 7.30pm

The All Saints Sessions: Poetry and Sound

All Saints Church, Church Street, Edmonton, N9 9PE  

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We are delighted to welcome back our guests poet Will Harris and Malcom Ball, percussionist and master of the ondes Martenot in the beautiful candlelit setting of All Saints’ Church, Edmonton, hosted by poet Cheryl Moskowitz and electronic musician Alastair Gavin. If you were at our Session on 4th April this year this is your chance to hear again the extraordinary words of Will and the other-worldly tones of Malcolm’s 1920s electronic instrument, all plumbed into our quadraphonic sound system. For the sound geeks, this time we will be trying out the more immersive diamond-shaped speaker formation as advocated by Wendy Carlos and Pink Floyd.

Will Harris is a writer of mixed Anglo-Indonesian heritage, born and based in London. He has worked in schools, led workshops at the Southbank Centre and teaches for The Poetry School. He is an Assistant Editor at The Rialto and a fellow of The Complete Works III. Published in the Bloodaxe anthology Ten: Poets of the New Generation, he was featured in ES Magazine as part of the “new guard” of London poets. His poem ‘SAY’ was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem 2018, and he won a Poetry Fellowship from the Arts Foundation in 2019. His debut pamphlet of poems, All this is implied, published by HappenStance in 2017, was joint winner of the London Review Bookshop Pamphlet of the Year and shortlisted for the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award by the National Library of Scotland. Mixed-Race Superman, an essay, was published by Peninsula Press in May 2018 and will be published in an expanded edition by Melville House in the US in July 2019. His first full poetry collection, RENDANG, is forthcoming from Granta in 2020.

Will’s poetry is an exciting and deeply relevant study of heritage and ancient and modern culture. Jeremy Wikely writes in Sphinx review magazine of Halo 2, Will’s poem of the video game: "Artificial birds in artificial trees — that’s poetry, right? It’s the golden bird in the final verse of ‘Sailing to Byzantium’, or Andrew Marvell’s soul in ‘The Garden’, sitting in the boughs. Meanwhile, the final line is so brilliantly balanced that it seems to float off into the air, taking all the negative emotions with it… there’s something new going on there."

Malcolm Ball is a percussionist and keyboard player, performing a wide range of music from early to contemporary. A graduate in Electronic Music and Composition from the Royal College of Music, he is examiner and Instrumental Adviser for Trinity College London, travelling extensively to S.E Asia, Australia and South Africa on behalf of the college.

Malcolm is also one of the few UK practitioners of the ondes Martenot, an early electronic instrument invented in 1928 by French cellist Maurice Martenot. The ondes Martenot is monophonic (playing one note at a time), notes being produced on a keyboard, or by a ‘ribbon’ controlled by a finger ring which can glide between pitches much like a fretless violin fingerboard. The instrument has been composed for by several 20th and 21st century composers notably the French composer Olivier Messiaen, featuring especially in his mighty Turangalîla symphony. The instrument’s distinctive swooping sound can also be heard on many classic science fiction film and TV soundtracks, and several tracks by the band Radiohead.

Your hosts will be bringing new work created over the summer continuing their explorations with spoken word, electronics and field recordings, and including pieces made for Korean artist Hayoon Jay Lee’s upcoming solo show in New York.

We hope to see you there!

Entry £5, or free to N9 & N18 residents. Tickets only available on the door.

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