Living Tones and Musical Objects:: A Sonic Celebration (1 July 2023)

In this day-long residency in Hampstead (London NW3), the Vocal Constructivists performed works by United States Artist Fellow Jin Hi Kim, Scratch Orchestra founder Michael Parsons, the inimitable Linn D., voice expert and poet Barbara Alden, visual artist/musician Alison Cross, the mercurial composer Kurt Schwertzik, Fluxus artist and poet Nye Ffarrabas, movement transcriber Simone Forti, the vivacious balletic composer Constant Lambert, Deep Listening proponent Pauline Oliveros, her Swiss collaborator Margrit Schenker and electronic pioneers Otto Luening and Vladimir Ussachevsky. We are honoured to be joined by dancer, choreographer, scholar and educator Hari Krishnan and by the extraordinary Jin Hi Kim herself.

A crucial aspect of experimental music is the cultivation of sensory awareness to the broader sonic environment. These practices have underpinned over a decade of Vocal Constructivist performances. New in 2023 is the idea of hosting related events in the nearby Heath Street Baptist Church, designed to engage a broader public in creative listening practices. Come join us for this special celebration, in a part of London known for its cultural richness, artistic history, ferruginous waters, clean(er) air, and proximity to the tranquil environment of Hampstead Heath.