Mar 102017
 
Performance

Iris Garrelfs performs live, often using her voice as raw material, which she transmutes into machine noises, choral works or “granules of electroacoustic babble and glitch, generating animated dialogues between innate human expressiveness and the overt artifice of digital processing” as the Wire Magazine put it.

That said, many performances also incorporate other sounds, and some also use images. A vital part of her performance work, be it using voice or using other source material, is improvisation and the incorporation of random elements, the ephemeral fragility and risk implied in giving up control to the moment, a sonic singularity. Of equal interest is a spatial experience, sound unbound, for which reason she prefers multi-channel set ups.

For more information on individual performance projects, click on the pictures below. 

Find some general information on her vocal improvised performances here.

For upcoming live dates check here.

Mar 082017
 
Paws Off!

Just in time for International Women’s Day 2017, Jude Cowan Montague and myself created a film called Paw’s Off.  It uses an improvisation by us two live on air at The News Agents, on Resonance FM during the woman’s march on 21st January 2017, responding to tweets and other media outlets. We’ve combined this with […]

Jan 192017
 
Listening Wall

The Listening Wall is a wall of curated scores for listening and sound related event scores.  LISTEN… In 1966, sound art pioneer Max Neuhaus stamped the word “LISTEN” onto the hands of participating audiences and took them on a walk around Manhatten, listening to industrial rumblings, buzzings of Puerto Rican street life and lastly, a percussion […]

Oct 162016
 
Lab of Sonic Possibilities: Improvisation for Microphone and Beach

A BandCamp release of the Lab of Sonic Possibilities performance of  “Improvisation for Microphone and Beach” at the Whitstable earlier this summer is out now. Download is free, although contributions are of course greatly appreciated. <a href=”http://divacontemporary.bandcamp.com/album/whitstable-2016-live-on-the-beach-v-1″>Whitstable 2016 :: live on the beach V[1] by The Lab of Sonic Possibilities [Tansy Spinks and Iris Garrelfs]</a>

Jul 042016
 
City of Iris and Jude

Site specific sonic post-Dada madness with Iris Garrelfs and Jude Cowan Montague. “Oddest moment was that I was complaining about the fact that I’d forgotten about the Dada event the previous day, then we rushed in to watch those women do that thingy…” About a performance at Linear Obsessional Live in the Park No.11.

May 112016
 
Iris Garrelfs + Poulomi Desai: Live from Salon des Refuses 2015 | Space Gallery

An extract of my first ever duo with the excellent Poulomi Desai (modified sitar + electronics) from Salon des Refusés/Sonica FM in 2015 was released on the Finnish label Tavern Eightieth in spring 2016. The double CD is full of other superb artists and their music (including AGF, Richard Sanderson), all in aid of Alzheimer’s UK. Buy double CD here To buy the single bandcamp click […]

Apr 122016
 
Ötzi

Otzi is an an audio-visual work developed for the MuseRuole Festival at Museion Museum for Modern and Contemporary Art in Bolzano/Italy, on 27th May 2016.  It is inspired by the story of the Ötzi the ieceman, an extremely well-preserved natural mummy who was found buried in ice in the nearby Ötztal Alps (hence the name). His body and belongings are […]

Apr 122016
 
Lauschen

Lauschen: Listening/Eavesdropping was an improvised performance for traffic, voice and listening cones at Lausch II, Lewisham Art House, London, UK (April 2016). The performance also incorporated acousmatic sounds surrounding the audience, in the form of hidden blue bluetooth speakers. Find a video documenting the performance here:   More to come.

Sep 012015
 
Room 61

Room 61 was a site-specific performance at the National Gallery, as part of Soundscapes Late. The event took place in Room 61 of the Sainsbury Wing (see floor plan) in September 2015. As a live response to images in these galleries, the piece includes growling lions, lute music, readings from a Middle Age treatise on painting and […]

Jul 142015
 
Remote Listening

Remote Listening is new project, which is still in development. It involves participants calling me on a mobile phone within a set timeframe (one week for example), and me describing my environment to them. I envisage this as a kind of one-on-one performance poetry kind of experience. Here is a very short and rough example […]

Apr 152015
 
Eclipse: in between earth and the stars

Eclipse is a site-specific performance commissioned by Radio Arts for Switched On at the Beaney Art Museum in Canterbury, UK. Juxtaposing the universe with mundane everyday life, the performance combines readings from Canterbury’s local newspapers (including personal ads) with sounds of the solar system with and musings about the recent solar eclipse. The following text was read as […]

Jan 012015
 
Breathing Through Wires: an album of voice improvisations

Breathing Through Wires is an album of live improvised and processed voice performances, recorded in the UK between 2012 and 2014. Some were recorded through the mixing desk, others in the room. The titles refer to either event or venue. It was released on net label of the year 2014 Pan Y Rosas Discos. Expect to […]

May 252014
 
Unwitting scores | A performance for voice and projector at IMT Gallery

Unwitting scores is a performance commissioned for Forms of Ventriloquism curated by Maria Papadomanolaki. It took place at IMT Gallery, on 24.7.2014.

For Forms of Ventriloquism Iris Garrelfs re-interprets the relationships between puppeteer and dummy, performer and score, by “throwing her voice” (as the act of ventriloquizing is also known) and giving expression to another time, another place, and another’s experience. These were relayed by visual and textual recordings of the initial activities. Iris Garrelfs now zooms into their fragmented traces, which become unwitting scores and prompts to a performative transposition of place.” For more information, click here

Apr 092014
 
Barbican live

An extract from a live performance at the Barbican Centre (a Hack the Barbican event curated by Music Hackspace) in summer 2013 was released on the compilation VOIX BRUTES | Vol.I on Audition Records in June 2014.

Mar 312014
 
Stone Table

Stone Table is an improvised performance work for locally collected stones and an amplified metal table. It was developed for Sonic cueB Festival in London, curated by Luca Nasciuti. The first performance took place on 24/3/2014. I spent the afternoon collecting stones in the local area – mostly in Hilly Fields – which where then used in the performance […]