This was the fifth edition of the Naviar Haiku Fest, an evening of music and poetry reading at Café Oto.
The event featured performances by members and friends of Naviar, working in the fields of ambient, electronic, and contemporary classical music. Each performance was introduced by haiku poems written by members of the British Haiku Society and recited by Iliyana Stoyanova.
The NHF was broadcast live from our Bandcamp page for those who couldn’t physically make it to the event.
Wednesday, 7 December 2022, 7:30PM
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin St, London E8 3DL, United Kingdom
SIMON MCCORRY + MANJA RISTIĆ + AUDIO OBSCURA + LEON CLOWES + ENCYM & GEORGE CROWLEY + DANIEL GREEN
Manja Ristić is a violinist, sound artist, published poet, curator, and researcher. She graduated from the Belgrade Academy of Music (2001) and was awarded a PGDip as a Solo/Ensemble Recitalist from the Royal College of Music, London (2004). As a classical solo and chamber musician as well as a composer and an improv musician Manja has performed all across Europe and the US and has been involved in collaborations with established conductors and performers, multimedia artists, poets, theatre, and movie directors. Manja’s sound-related research besides contemporary performance in the field of instrumental electro–acoustics, is focused on interdisciplinary approaches to sound and field recording as well as experimental radio arts.
Manja is the founder of the Association of Multimedia Artists Auropolis (since 2004), who by her guidance developed a distinctive number of cultural events, international projects, cultural conferences, and educational platforms in the fields of scene and multimedia arts. She works and lives on the island of Korčula, Croatia.
“Blissful, serene and yet broken at the edges to reveal something unseen” Magazine Sixty
“The leading voice of McCorry’s cello is an irresistible beam of light in the darkness” The Quietus
“electro-orchestral drone-scapes of, by turns, gauzy intimacy and soaring grandeur” Mojo
“highly evocative work of the otherworldly transforms the recognizable into something mysterious, even on occasion, the supernatural” Monolith Cocktail
Born in London to mixed Indian/British heritage, Simon studied music at The Centre for Young Musicians and Morley College, then philosophy at Durham University, and is now based in Stroud, Gloucestershire. Simon has worked as a composer & sound designer in theatre, film & contemporary dance. His recent work is a combination of loop-based cello compositions and atmospheric improvisations, field recordings, and modular synth.
Since 2014 Neil Stringfellow has released music as Audio Obscura – covering a variety of musical themes that touch on ambient, electronics, and more experimental soundscapes. Audio Obscura albums have included a post-classical ‘Anthropocene Trilogy’ based on spoken word pieces around climate change, soundtracking the dystopia of George Orwells’ 1984 novel, field recording in rural Norfolk Churches, and recently a collaboration with a post-rock group themed around the NASA Voyager missions.
Leon Clowes is a transdisciplinary artist who messes about with his lived trauma for artistic endeavor. He started in music and sound and now does all sorts. Wherever. In music/sound, these days, he mostly tries for quiet and peaceable stuff but does occasionally revisit pounding queer past.
ENCYM & GEORGE CROWLEY
The Ambient/Electronic transmission channel of Munich-based guitarist and producer Roland Reinke, Encym explores un-guitaristic territory by layering, collaging, and shaping improvised loops. Fused with polyrhythmic beats and noises to become cinematic, atmospheric, otherworldly ambiances, their grittiness owing to the many years Roland was based in London. He has released numerous albums both as a solo artist and collaborator, most recently the “Music for Meditation” CD on Neotantra.
George Crowley is a saxophonist, clarinetist, composer, and promoter based in London. As a performer he is active across a range of styles, with improvisation at the heart of his work, performing with musicians and groups such as Ivo Neame, Melt Yourself Down, Yazz Ahmed, Agile Experiments, Olie Brice, and Jeff Williams.
Daniel Green is an artist and educator. His artistic practice explores the objects and media we use to occupy our time, and how they are used to give our lives meaning.
Daniel’s work has been exhibited within Campbelltown Arts Centre, Firstdraft, Pelt, Artspace, and BUS Projects, and has performed at Electrofringe, The Now Now Festival, Liquid Architecture, Cementa, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.
Daniel lives and works in London, United Kingdom.