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Experimental approaches to composition, production and performance: Gazelle Twin

Tuesday 30 November 2021, 4.00PM to 5.30pm

Speaker(s): Gazelle Twin

Experimental composer and performer, Elizabeth Bernholz (aka Gazelle Twin) will discuss her work; sharing thoughts on how and why she pursues an alternative approach to composition, production and performance, with a focus on specific projects, including her recent collaboration with Ben Eyes for the A/V project 'Absent Sitter', commissioned by York Mediale / XR Stories in 2020.

British composer, musician and producer Elizabeth Bernholz conceived Gazelle Twin in 2009, under which she has since released the critically acclaimed albums; Pastoral (2018), Kingdom Come (2017), Unflesh (2014) and her debut, The Entire City (2011) on her own label, Anti-Ghost Moon Ray.

Her vocal-led music presents dystopian, emotional themes through experimental electronic production and extraordinary live performances which feature changing, masked personas. Influenced by classical, choral and sacred music, as much as pop, industrial, and EDM; her compositions encompass euphoric and haunting choral landscapes, to intense, beat-driven songs. Unflesh was themed on teenage anxiety, body horror and body dysmorphia, while Kingdom Come, an audio-visual performance piece, depicted a cinematic "hellscape" inspired by JG Ballard's final novel. Gazelle Twin's third studio album, Pastoral, conjured English folkloric traditions with a punk sensibility, made in response to post-Brexit rural England. In 2021 a collaborative A/V project, Absent Sitter made with visual artist Kit Monkman (KMA), composer and sound engineer Ben Eyes (University of York) and commissioned by York Mediale was launched at York Mediale in October 2020, and ARS Electronica in Linz in September 2021.

In between her own albums and touring internationally, Gazelle Twin has frequently collaborated with artists as a vocalist, including Gary Numan, John Foxx, Perc, and Alex Banks. In 2019, Gazelle Twin collaborated with Max de Wardener to create a new performance 'The Power and the Glory' with the BBC Concert Orchestra at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall. Later that year she returned to the same venue to present Deep England, an ensemble performance made with NYX Electronic Drone Choir. The Deep England studio album was released in March 2021 to critical acclaim.

Gazelle Twin is an ambassador for women in music and fronts the 'Gazelle Twin Scholarship for Women in Music Technology' at the University of Sussex, UK.

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Please contact Catherine Laws for the Zoom link: catherine.laws@york.ac.uk

Location: Online (via Zoom)