|Belle Chen||piano & keyboards|
|Belle Chen||Cascading Chimes|
|Improvisation on motifs from 'Adagio' of Water Music (After Handel)|
|At That Moment, I Felt|
|Half A Moment|
|Lullaby for Edward (after Elgar)|
|Moon-Spotting 3: The Launch|
|Montage No. 1|
The fast-rising Chen creates six original scenes in this AV show exploring our vibrant and diverse capital; each composition has its genesis in a field recording captured within London from both before, and during, the pandemic.
With re-imaginations of key works by classical composers who found inspiration from the city (including Handel and Elgar), folk melodies, original compositions, and improvisation across piano, synths, melodica, and found sound, Chen and Williams travel through key spots in the capital city, to explore the multi-faceted ‘voice’ of London today, while paying tribute to the city’s kaleidoscopic musical scene and history.
With a musical style that is as uncategorisable it is captivating, Belle Chen’s music is a blend of classical, avant-garde, world, electronica, and sound art genres. Her approach to music draws on the tonal aesthetic of classical and neo-classical language amidst textures from experimental, avant-garde, and world genres.
Chen first gained attention in UK’s art music scene with her self-released EP Listen, London in 2014. Mediterranean Sounds (2016), Mademoiselle (2017), Departure (2019) and Destinations (2020) followed earning Chen plaudits from industry heavyweights including Brian Eno (“original and provocative”), James Rhodes (“hugely impressive”), Max Reinhardt (“a revelation”), and BBC Radio 3 (Top 4 Best New Music of 2016 BBC Introducing).
Bobby Williams is a London-based musician, photographer, videographer and director. With film production credits including pioneering shows for Sky One, Bobby leads a diverse creative career, including touring as a musician through the USA, UK, Europe and Australasia, as well as co-founding and running Green Lions, an award-winning documentary production company.
Bobby has previously exhibited art-films, photography and installations at numerous festivals and galleries and chooses to work on projects at the intersection of film and music.