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|Rakhi Singh & Vessel
|Rakhi Singh & Vessel
Eartheater is the alias of New York-based artist Alexandra Drewchin. In her music she blends dreamlike acoustic instrumentation with challenging digital manipulation and her own spectacular three-octave voice.
Her latest album is Phoenix: Flames Are Dew Upon My Skin, released by PAN. While the album renews her focus on guitar performance and legible structure, Eartheater balances the unabashed prettiness of acoustic harmonic songs with the dissonant embroidery of oblique instrumentals.
For Luminate at Kings Place, Eartheater will perform pieces from Phoenix with The Phoenix Ensemble, a group of renowned instrumentalists led by Manchester Collective’s Rakhi Singh, who have come together especially for this show – expect something very special.
Seb Gainsborough makes electronic and contemporary instrumental music under both his own name, and as ‘Vessel’. He made his name as a producer of left-field, bass driven electronica, using his unique sonic palate to create immersive compositions, exploring texture and tone, the organic and the man-made. This period saw the release of a duo of LP’s, Order of Noise and Punish, Honey – with tracks from across these records being used as the soundtrack to Park Chan Wook’s The Handmaiden trailer, Alexander McQueen’s catwalks and Hussein Chalayan’s Gravity Fatigue at Sadlers Wells. This penchant for creating work sought out to combine with other media was set in stone following his collaboration with Immix Ensemble in 2018.
“When I started getting deeply into classical and chamber music, I let out a big sigh of relief, like, finally. This is the language I’ve been looking for.”
In the years that’ve followed, his third LP Queen of Golden Dogs truly explored that intersection of traditional and electronic music and has been followed by commissions for Somerset House, Manchester Collective and Snape Maltings, the latter two with long-term collaborator, Rakhi Singh. Coupled with further collaborative work with groundbreaking artists such as Lyra Pramuk and Beibei Wang and more truly exciting collaborations to be announced as the year unfolds, ’22 looks to be the year that these years of experimentation and collaboration see the light of day.
Rakhi Singh is a violinist, music director, curator and composer based between Manchester and London, England. In 2016 she co-founded Manchester Collective recently leading their debut proms performance in August 2021 performing works by the likes of Julius Eastman, Dobrinka Tabakova and Edmund Finnis. Alongside her work leading the Collective, Singh has firmly established herself as a violinist and leader of high repute, working for and alongside the likes of Steve Reich, Phillip Glass, Oliver Coates, Clark and Björk, Olivia Chaney, Clod Ensemble and Abel Selaocoe and guest leading ensembles like London Contemporary Orchestra, RLPO, CBSO, Hebrides Ensemble, Sinfonia Cymru.
She is a recording artist for Icelandic Record Label Bedroom Community, with whom she has released two albums as curator/director of Manchester Collective and most recently her debut composition EP Quarry. As a composer she has written two large-scale pieces with long-time collaborator, electronic producer Vessel, the first of which Written in Fire was premiered at Aldeburgh Festival and the second Paradise Lost commissioned by Manchester Collective. Most recently she produced a film ‘FFAALL’ for the Royal Opera House 8bit digital commissions, working closely with Director Joe Morgan, movement artist Blackhaine and opera singer Mimi Doulton. Born to an English mother and Indian father in rural Wales, Rakhi’s upbringing was influenced by many different cultures and traditions.