Portfolio: Sounding Motion- Meet the Composers

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Sounding Motion in partnership with Sound and Music

About Sounding Motion

A collective of dancers, musicians (viola/ percussion), composer and choreographer, Sounding Motion aims to demonstrate the relationship between live contemporary music and dance on a uniquely intimate scale. Composed of graduates from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London Contemporary Dance School and Laban School of Dance, their performances have been lauded for their "engaging intensity" (Michael White), "elegant form and distinct musical colour" (Jessica Sabatini). After receiving critical acclaim for performances across the UK, Sounding Motion was chosen for an Emerging Excellence Award from Help Musicians UK in recognition of their unique artistic vision and boundary-breaking work. Recent projects include a residency London's Barbican Centre, a new commission from composer Michael Finnissy and choreographer Kirill Burlov, workshops/ performances at Huddersfield University and appearances at The Sound/ DanceLive Festivals in Scotland. 

Stephen Upshaw, Artistic Director of Sounding Motion said: 

"We are thrilled to be working with Sound and Music on this very exciting Portfolio project; the enthusiasm and support we have received already has been nothing short of amazing! After an overwhelming response from composers across the UK, we have chosen three fantastic collaborators for this project and could not be more excited to get to work with them."

Meet the composers and choreographers!

We are delighted to announce that Alex RothElo Masing and Lawrence Dunn will work with Sounding Motion o to develop small-scale, short new works, collaborating closely with the dancers, choreographers and instrumentalists alike. 


Alex RothAlex Roth

Guitarist, composer, improviser, producer and interdisciplinary artist Alex Roth is gaining a reputation across the UK as "one of contemporary music’s most innovative and impressive talents" (musicOMH). Drawing inspiration from dance, film, literature and visual art as well as a wide range of musical traditions, Alex's work ranges across boundaries, and he regularly collaborates with leading figures from the jazz, improv, contemporary classical, alternative folk and electronic music communities. More recently he has begun to explore ways of expanding the artistic context of his music, developing a multimedia practice that includes work with choreographers, designers and digital artists.

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"I love working across disciplines, and especially with dance. The symbiotic relationship between music and dance that is fundamental to Sounding Motion's work is quite unusual and very appealing to me as a composer looking to expand the artistic context of my music. This project will be truly collaborative, in the sense that none of us has a predetermined idea of what the result will be. For me, part of the fun of beginning such a collaboration, especially a cross-disciplinary one, lies in identifying areas of mutual interest and finding ways to work towards/within these, both individually and collectively. I anticipate that this will necessitate a focus on process rather than product, and I think I'll be able to learn a lot from such an approach"


Klaudia Wittmann  

Klaudia Wittmann graduated from London Studio Centre in 2010 and recently completed her Professional Development Certificate with Jasmin Vardimon's Company. She is a London-based freelance performer/choreographer and works on independent projects in the UK.  She has worked on several projects with Sounding Motion and Kirill Burlov. In her own work with Whitmann Dance Company she collaborated with musicians, designers and photographers.  Her choreography has been performed at various festivals including Resolution! 2014, Emerge Festival.  She is currently touring Moxie Brawl created by choreographer Sarah Blanc.


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Lawrence Dunn

Composer, improviser, pianist, sometime writer on musicky things. Born in London, currently living in Manchester. Studied at Cambridge, and presently is studying with Bryn Harrison and Philip Thomas at Huddersfield. Pieces have been performed by the Aurora Orchestra, Oliver Coates, Rolf Hind, Zubin Kanga, and RHEA the Austrian automatic piano. Made installations for the Whipple Museum of Science, and has also been a classroom music teacher. Bakes nice bread sometimes.

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"Aside from leading music and movement classes for children, I'd not worked with dancers or choreographers before. I hear adults are a bit different from kids (who knew?). But there's something enticing about making and devising a piece for real people in real time, as choreographers do. Composing is a mix of solitary confinement and social doing; I guess dance is the same, but with a different balance and different places of emphasis. I'm looking forward to finding a way to reorient oneself with regard to these things"

Imogen Bland, Co-Director, Sounding Motion

Imogen trained at Lewisham College, London Contemporary Dance School and SUNY Purchase, New York. She is currently studying for her Masters at Birkbeck College in Arts Policy and Management.  Her primary interest is in experimental work that uses live improvisation and challenges her creative approach.  Imogen's work has been performed venues and festivals around the UK, including Resolution!, Barbican's Pit Theatre, High Tide Festival and Dance Live Festival.


Elo Masing

Elo Masing is a composer/free improviser of Estonian origin, currently based in London, UK. Her music has been performed internationally by renowned soloists and ensembles and released on the Squeaky Kate and squib-box labels. She has recently been awarded a PhD at the Royal Academy of Music, where she explored the physicality of instrumental performance in chamber music, and with support from the Academy, received private tuition from Rebecca Saunders. Elo is co-director of clapTON ensemble and with composer-improviser Dave Maric forms the free improvisation duo Vicious Circus whose debut album was released to critical acclaim in 2014.

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"As my work explores the physicality of instrumental performance, I'm very interested in finding opportunities to work with dancers. Sounding Motion seemed like the right thing to apply to learn more about dance in practical ways."

Kirill Burlov

 Kirill Burlov is an award-winning performance artist, choreographer and dancer based in London.  He performed with Rambert Dance Company for seven years.  His choreographic work has been performed in Bernie Grants Arts Centre, The Palce, ROH2, Queen Elizabeth Hall among other stages.  Recently he has been commissioned to choreograph a contemporary piece in collaboration with visual artist Abigail Reynolds to celebrate the opening of the New Building of Rambert.  Burlov has been invited to dance with the Michael Clark Company and to participate in the creation of performance work created for the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern.  Recent highlights include a collaboration with Michael Finnissy, an evening of Tango with Ksenija Sidorova and a Baroque solo performance with Johannes Pramsholner.


About Portfolio  

Portfolio is a Sound and Music artist development programme. Aimed at talented composers at an early stage in their career, Sound and Music’s Portfolio scheme provides a key development opportunity for composers to create new work with and for some of the UK’s leading ensembles and presenters of new music. Portfolio enables them to develop their portfolio of work and gain vital artistic and practical insight and experience in working with professional ensembles and presenting organisations, and delivering new work to public audiences. 

Find out more about our Portfolio programme 

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