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BirdWorld and Kitchman/Schmidt
2 February 2020 @ 4:30 pm
Join two duos with an equally refreshing take on the relationship between folk music and improvisation. Whilst BirdWorld blends folkloric rhythmic influences alongside ambient electronic soundscapes, Kitchman/Schmidt offers a unique interpretation of folk song fusing Schmidt’s effortless vocal streams with Kitchman’s dexterous guitar textures.
London/Oslo-based duo BirdWorld is a musical partnership between Gregor Riddell and Adam Teixeira. The duo combines an acoustic set up of ‘cello, drum set, kalimbas, percussion and electronics. Weaving between ambient electronic, contemporary classical, folkloric music and improvisation, the duo creates a musical language that is both natural and otherworldly.
Recent highlights include a Union Chapel concert filmed and recorded by NTS Radio, an electronic film score commissioned by London Contemporary Orchestra and collaborating with Sanskriti Shrestha, Streifenjunko, Harpreet Bansal, James Kitchman and Alex Stuart among others. Birdworld’s track ‘After Rain’ was included in the August ’18 edition of The Wire Tapper and in October performed at LSO St Luke’s ‘Open Ear’ series live recorded by BBC Radio 3.On the 2019 autumn Equinox, BirdWorld released their critically acclaimed debut album UNDA on Focused Silence. In Spring 2020, they will release a remix album of tracks from UNDA by a handful of renowned producers as well as a follow up EP of new material also on Focused Silence.
“…cello and percussion tussle and tiff, coil together sinuously, coalesce in a chugging groove, or, enhanced with electronics, grow ethereal.” Julian Cowley, Wire Magazine, reviewing UNDA
James Kitchman (UK) and Sylvia Schmidt (DE) are a guitar-vocal duo whose original sound embraces the dynamic tension between forces of preservation and transformation. Two compelling musicians drawn together by an expansive approach to song and interpretation, they share an affinity for the Anglo-American folk ballads of the Appalachian mountains. The debut album As Long As Songbirds Sing is due for release in 2020.