Filthy Lucre: Sound Icons
2 October 2015, Shapes, Hackney
All photographs by Nick Rutter.
Horatiu Radulescu created instruments he named ‘Sound Icons’. Drawing upon Romanian Orthodoxy and Pythagorean mathematics, he upended grand pianos, stripped them of their mechanical components and retuned the strings to create a stark instrument with a unique sonority.
With two Sound Icons, orchestra, singers and DJs, Filthy Lucre explore the transformation of objects into sound.
Peter Quantrill, The Amati Magazine – ★★★★☆
'The Filthy Lucre Orchestra gave a confident, well-prepared performance under William Cole.'
'Shi wove in and out of his instrument’s snowline with hardly less authority than Vincent Royer for whom Rădulescu composed the work.'
'[Kerry Andrew] cut a stylish and self-contained stage presence, generous to her colleagues as they enjoyed Cageian riffs in Emma-Jane Thackray’s arrangement of Four Tet’s 128 Harps but channelling leftfield divadom in Hannah Dilkes’s take on Solstice by Björk.'
Jonny Venvell, joinencore.com – ★★★★☆
'works by Grisey and Gal showcased a group at the top of their game, confidently exploring music at the very fringes of instrumental possibility.'
My Panda Shall Fly (Suren Seneviratne) is a prolific electronic musician and model. Described as ‘a totem for all things bright, bold and fiercely experimental’ by Crack Magazine, he has released on Five Easy Pieces, Sonic Router, Gang of Ducks, Activia Benz and Tape Club Records. The latter’s music video garnered acclaim at the BBC Music Video Festival 2013 and SXSW 2014.
Sharon Gal is a multi-disciplinary artist, experimental vocalist, performer and composer, with particular interest in free improvisation and participatory, collaborative group compositions. She explores the relationship between sound and space, working electro-acoustically, using voice, musical instruments, electronics, recordings and video projection.
Peter Shenai (right) works across disciplines, recently collaborating with composer Laurence Osborn to produce Change Ringing: six bronze bells derived from statistical representations of climate change. Including a 30’ piece for chamber orchestra, Change Ringing was highly commended at the Sustain RCA 2014.
William Cole is a conductor and composer whose repertoire stretches from Baroque opera to contemporary music. He has worked with ensembles including the Musicians of London, Hampshire Sinfonia, Melos Sinfonia, Dartington Festival Orchestra, Gestalt Arts and the Cambridge University ensembles. He has worked as assistant to Sir Roger Norrington, Stephen Cleobury and Martin Yates.
James Massiah is a poet and musician from South London. A regular on NTS radio James has successfully carved out a niche for himself as a versatile and technically gifted DJ. His sets include a vast range of dance music styles, all informed by his early introduction to gospel music, the DNA of which can be found in disco, funk, House and R&B.
Emma-Jean Thackray is an award winning composer and trumpeter, having recently received awards from the Musicians Benevolent Fund, the Daryl Runswick Composition Prize and several awards for scholarship. Ensembles have performed her work across the UK, with notable performances at the QEH South Bank Centre and the London Ear Festival.
Samuel Hall is a composer, holding a scholarship at the Royal College of Music, studying with Mark-Anthony Turnage. He is involved in a multitude of projects, writing music for the concert hall, film, tv, contemporary dance, theatre, musicals and educational projects. He is a multi-instrumentalist, playing jazz, rock, electro, contemporary classical, avant-garde folk and pop function music in various bands.
Hannah Dilkes is a composition student at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music in London, studying with Stephen Montague, Ed Jessen, Gwyn Pritchard, Dominic Murcott and Nye Parry. Her music has been performed by The Aurora Orchestra, the Britten Sinfonia, Lore Lixenberg, Saxofonquadrat of Berlin, SCYO and the Alton College Composers Ensemble.