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Colleen + Maya Shenfeld

Performing The Tunnel and the Clearing & Captain of None

Luminate / Voices Unwrapped

Sat 19 Mar
Contemporary

Colleen + Maya Shenfeld

Performing The Tunnel and the Clearing & Captain of None

Luminate / Voices Unwrapped

As part of Luminate and Voices Unwrapped, we are excited to present a rare performance from one of Europe’s most inventive composers and electronic artists, Colleen. With support from Berlin based composer Maya Shenfeld.


Making her first UK performance in 5 years, Colleen has devised an unmissable concert of two halves, performing her 2021 minimalist masterpiece The Tunnel and the Clearing and her critically-acclaimed 2015 LP Captain of None in full.

Colleen is an aboundingly inventive composer and artist. For two decades Cécile Schott as Colleen has crafted welcoming, enchanting, and bewildering music. The multi-instrumentalist and vocalist’s timeless compositions make use of carefully selected tools to mold memories into transcendent splendor.

The Tunnel and the Clearing finds Schott at her most vulnerable and confident, invoking contemplative and swirling organ processed through analog electronics, steady drum machine syncopations and her distinctive voice to embody breaking through the nexus of compounding transitions.

On an album centered on processing the complicated washes of emotion through tribulations and revelations Colleen presents a vision of breathless clarity. Developed over a period of transformative change, Colleen began work on the album in 2018 only to be met with extreme fatigue from a previously undiagnosed illness that all but halted her work. The following months and years of treatment and adjustment eventually led to relocating to a new home and studio in Barcelona, which was soon followed by lockdowns and ultimately the dissolution of her long time partnership.

The impact of deep reflecting on these cumulative experiences found Schott completely reimagining her compositional practices through her enduring gift for reinvention. Schott spent months in near complete silence apart from composing and ruminating on her newfound perspective through her music.

Says Schott, ‘Never before had I felt so profoundly the power that music has, through harmony, melody, rhythm and sound itself, to express the whole range of human emotions.’ The resulting seven pieces investigate the complex, at times contradictory relationship between excitement and fear, anger and understanding, struggle and triumph, all focused on a reconstruction of the self.

Berlin composer Maya Shenfeld’s music is as powerfully evocative as it is strikingly intimate. Through a mastery of sound sculpting and visionary approach to composition Shenfeld has established herself as one of the most vital voices in Berlin’s New Music scene. Her work exists in liminal spaces, collapsing the boundaries between electronic synthesis and organic sound as it draws equally from classical tradition and underground experimentalism. Each aspect of her output, from site-specific sound installations to works for new music ensembles and even playing guitar in punk bands, combines an astute technical prowess with an authentic, tangible expression of soul. Shenfeld’s debut solo record In Free Fall merges the grand vision of orchestral music with the granularity and intimacy of deep listening, exploring a tension between immaculately structured compositional architecture and the sheer joy of noise, grain and feedback.

Date & start time:Sat 19 Mar – 7.30pm
Venue:Hall One

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