Throughout 2020 and continuing in 2021 Supriya Nagarajan and Duncan Chapman have been creating a series of trio online collaborative performances with musicians from across the world. Starting out as a way of staying in touch by inviting existing collaborators to send a 30 minute recording of them playing, singing or recording their environment the project has grown into a regular series of live-streamed events. Combining shared recordings with live Carnatic singing from Supriya and live electronic manipulation / instrumental sounds from Duncan and broadcast on social media with an accompanying movie, slideshow or imagery generated from the sound.
In September 2020 they invited acclaimed harpist Rhodri Davies to send them a recording to work with. What they got from Rhodri was a sublime 30 minutes of bowed harp with occasional gestural moments. This recording is of a live performance which merges this with voice, spectral processing of the harp sound and added electronic parts.
More recordings are available from Manasamitra's Bandcamp here.
and from Rhodri Davies
Duncan Chapman is a freelance composer / sound artist based in Lincolnshire UK. Much of his work involves collaborations with groups to create performances, installations and recorded works. Recent projects have been with The Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, British Paraorchestra, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and the Sound Festival. With Supriya Nagarajan he has been touring Manasamitra's Lullabies projects in the UK and beyond including performances at the 2020 Jaipur Literature Festival, Spot on Festival in Sydney and at Casa da Música in Porto. Current projects include several online live performance projects and research into multichannel audio. Solo work has been released on the Silent, Takuroku and Linear Obsessional labels.Dusk Notes, a collaborative album with Supriya Nagarajan was released in November 2020.
Rhodri Davies plays harp, electric harp, live-electronics and builds wind, water and fire harp installations. His regular groups include: a duo with John Butcher, The Sealed Knot, a trio with David Toop and Lee Patterson, Common Objects, Cranc, a trio with John Tilbury and Michael Duch, SLW and Apartment House. In 2008 he collaborated with the visual artist Gustav Metzger on ‘Self-cancellation’, a large- scale audio-visual collaboration in London and Glasgow. He also performs and researches contemporary music. New pieces for harp have been composed for him by: Eliane Radigue, Christian Wolff, Ben Patterson, Alison Knowles, Michael Pisaro, Carole Finer, Mieko Shiomi, Radu Malfatti and Yasunao Tone.
Supriya Nagarajan is a UK based vocalist/composer who creates cross- cultural cross-genre concept driven immersive music work. She has toured the globe and created work for festivals like hcmf//, Ultima Oslo and Iceland Symphony Orchestra. She is a Performing Rights Society/Jerwood composer and an alumni of New voices 2018 Sound and Music. She is the Artistic Director of Manasamitra, an UK based arts charity and a passionate advocate for fair access in the music sector.