Friday 7 July 2017, 6.45pm, OTO Project Space
An early evening solo clarinet performance by Alex Ward to mark the release of his new CD "Proprioception", out June 30th on the Weekertoft label. The recordings which comprise "Proprioception" are the culmination of a 3-year period during which Ward strove to radically overhaul his approach to solo playing. Known for his work with a wide range of improvising musicians including Derek Bailey, Eugene Chadbourne, Lol Coxhill, Thurston Moore, Joe Morris and Steve Noble, Ward's solo work encompasses all he has learned from such a variety of collaborations, whilst also addressing the very specific challenges of the solo situation. As with the album itself, this performance will feature both acoustic and amplified clarinet - Ward's amplified clarinet playing, heard previously in his own groups Forebrace and the Alex Ward Quintet, has also recently been featured to notable effect in Charles Hayward and Charles Bullen's This Is Not This Heat ensemble, and the use of distortion, feedback and reverberation to transform, submerge and disfigure the clarinet's voice pushes Ward's already disorienting deployment of multiphonics and unconventional articulation into even more unexpected sonic realms.