VIRIDIAN ENSEMBLE: BRISTOL (2/2)
Local experimental scenes introduced by our network of femxle musicians
In conversation with Viridian Ensemble
A podcast /chat about Bristol’s DIY music scene in two parts.
Part 2: Tina Hitchens, Laura Phillips, Caitlin Alais Callahan and Dali de Saint Paul
Pic by Eileen Long
Upper pics: Left – Free Nelson Mandoomjazz / Top right: Hokket – Bottom right: Jabu
Lower pics: Top left – Kathy Hinde / Bottom left – Microdeform / Right – Wendy Miasma
Viridian Ensemble is Dali de Saint Paul (Vocal +FX), Tina Hitchens (flute), Caitlin Alais Callahan (double bass), Esme Betamax (percussion) and Laura Phillips (16mm films, sound responsive projections, waterphone).
An ethereal blend of image and noise, reimagining folklore and femininity. Improvised sound and image (digital and analogue) produce textural dialogue.
Inspired by Expanded Film, and the free improvisation vanguard: Les Diaboliques/Feminist Improv Group. Performances evoke dissociative states, keening, and supernaturalism. Utterances and nonsensical languages entwine collective rhythm, tone, and resonance.
After releasing Trotula, in 2020 Viridian Ensemble was commissioned by Aerial Festival and The Quietus to perform Wordsworth’s epic poem The Prelude and just released a live recording at Cafè OTO for OTO’s own imprint.