Charred Edifice Shining
Performed by DISTRACTFOLD with Linda Jankowska on violin live samplers, and bit crusher; Emma Richards on viola, live samplers and pitch bender; and Alice Purton on cello, capsule microphone feedback manipulation, live samplers, pitch bender and spectral freezer.
The piece was recorded by Sam Weaver between May 4 and 6, 2019 at the Carole Nash Concert Hall, Chethams School of Music in Manchester, UK. He was assisted by Sean Rogan. The recording session was co-produced by Linda Jankowska. Mauricio Pauly edited the recording and Murat Çolak mixed it. Murat and Mauricio produced it together. The master was prepared by Richard Scott. Video documentation was made by Natalia Jara with the assistance of Alberto Brealey. Gabriel Montagné Láscaris-Comneno provided the visuals, the animation for Ancoats, and the print design.
UK-based ensemble, Distractfold, are a group of performers, composers and curators all acting out of shared love, passion and interest in the music and culture of our times. Coming from different continents, backgrounds and having received a diverse education, together they create a nexus of ideas and influences which all contribute towards the ensemble’s unique voice and identity. They perform acoustic, mixed and electroacoustic music of their peers, alongside music of the more established composers with whom they have formed close collaborations and friendships.
Distractfold has been able to invite numerous composers to join them in Manchester for performances at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation – such as Steven Kazuo Takasugi, Hanna Hartman, Weston Olencki, Marek Poliks, Sabrina Schroeder and Lori Freedman to name a few – and have given UK and world premieres of works from composers such as Pierluigi Billone, Santiago Díez-Fischer, Michelle Lou and Andrew Greenwald. Distractfold has also hosted guest performances from artists such as the Mivos Quartet, the Noise Upstairs, Wet Ink Ensemble and Lê Quan Ninh.
Alongside their work in Manchester, Distractfold perform regularly in festivals and concert series at home and abroad. Last season saw appearances at Bludenzer Tage Zeitgemäßer Musik in Austria where we presented two concerts including the world premiere of an evening-length piece by Sam Salem commissioned by the festival; Musica In Prossimità in Pinerolo, Italy; Global Adapter in Berlin and the New Music Manchester Festival in Manchester, UK.
In 2014 Distractfold became the first ever UK ensemble to be awarded the Kranichstein Prize for Interpretation at the 47th International Summer Course for New Music in Darmstadt.