This audio is a rehearsal for the live site-specific performance for four voices and pitched glass at the opening of POLYPHONY: Experiments and Adventures in Voice 2011-16, solo exhibition at Centrespace Gallery, Bristol, 2nd-6th September 2016.
After a successful debut solo exhibition in July 2015, this autumn I returned to Centrespace Gallery to show a selection of interdisciplinary works. The opening event featured this durational site-specific vocal performance which interacted directly with the acoustics and sonic spaces of the gallery and its surrounds, as well as some roof-raising polyphonic singing with friends from Bristol Sacred Harp.
Selected visitors comments:
“A beautiful, haunting show. Love the combination of sound and visual material.”
“Intriguing and a different way of using audio and voice. I love the fact that its playful, haunting, and ritualistic. Thank you.”
“Really haunting and moving – loved the ‘Site Singing’ photos of Over Bridge, and the ‘Fugue’ installation.”
“An absolutely brilliant collection of interactions. Very touching, I didn’t want to leave (I came back!). The human voice in all its rich experience. If there is anywhere else to go, Ellen will take us there.”
“This is one of the most brain-tingling events I have ever witnessed. There should be more of this sort of stuff in Bristol – and elsewhere.”
“Thank you for realising things that I have been feeling around in my head for years and never had the courage to put into concrete. Brilliant!”
Exhibition overview: Centrespace Website
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POLYPHONY: Press Release
Bristol Sacred Harp on Bandcamp
Artist text: “Welcome to POLYPHONY”
released April 10, 2017
Singers: Leila Gamaz, Chloe Somers, Ellen Southern, Rachel Wemyss