A photo of Elaine Mitchener performing. Elaine stands in a grand-looking auditorium or church, with her arms held high as she conducts music.
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Somerset House Studios

Elaine Mitchener: What's the Score?

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until 31 Jan 2022

Run time is 98 minutes

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Elaine Mitchener explores diverse strategies for making group music.

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In this event, which was part of The Wire magazine’s Music By Any Means series in collaboration with Somerset House Studios, Elaine Mitchener led a performance/talk/workshop demonstrating liberating and inclusive approaches to making music with a large group.

The event, which was recorded at Somerset House, draws on the ideas and practices of artists including poet NH Pritchard, improvisor John Stevens, Fluxus composer Ben Patterson and others to show how they can unlock individual creativity and organise and direct group activity. It is followed by a discussion and Q&A session led by singer/composer Loré Lixenberg.

About Elaine Mitchener

Elaine Mitchener is a contemporary vocalist, movement artist and composer working between the worlds of experimental music, improvisation, physical theatre, performance and visual art. She has produced a number of multidisciplinary performance pieces which explore histories of colonialism, including Sweet Tooth and the then + the now = nowtime.

Some of the artists she has collaborated with include Moor Mother, Christian Marclay, The Otolith Group, Tansy Davies, Van Huynh Company, Apartment House, David Toop, London Sinfonietta, and Ensemble Manufaktur für Aktuelle Musik. She is the founder of the collective electroacoustic trio The Rolling Calf (with Jason Yarde and Neil Charles) and her soundworks are held by the Darmstadt festival in a collection curated by George E Lewis.

Recent recordings include Black Top’s Some Good News with Hamid Drake, William Parker, Orphy Robinson and Pat Thomas (OTOROKU), and an online radio work commissioned by the French Sons d’Hiver festival. Mitchener is an Associate Artist at London’s Wigmore Hall. Her audiovisual installation [NAMES II] an evocation is currently on show as part of the British Art Show 9 touring exhibition. 

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Header image by Pier Corona.