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Alwynne Pritchard og Laura Murray "SHEET MUSIC" i Borggården

SHEET MUSIC is a project created by Alwynne Pritchard and Laura Murray in which sheets of material are manipulated to create very simple but precisely constructed musical instruments. Seven materials are used in total - white photocopy paper, newspaper, tin foil, brown paper, plastic foil, paper bag (i.e. double sided sheet) and grease proof paper. The starting point for each instrument is a sheet of A3 material, which is either used complete or cut into strips of 0.5cm, 2.9cm or 5.8cm in width. There are eight varieties of instrument in total – sheet, knitted, fluffed, streamers (in 3 sizes), scrunched (in 2 varieties x 1 (harder sound) and x 20 (softer sound)), corrugated, rolled and tied. Each instrument demonstrates the subtly different sounds that can be produced when a single mass of material is distributed in different ways. All of the instruments are also reproduced in all seven materials, to give full clarity to the diversity between the sounds of each. The instruments themselves will be used (amplified) at a concert to be given by Alwynne Pritchard's electronic improvisation quintet FAT BATTERY at the AVGARDE concert series at the USF on the 11th of November 2006. LAURA MURRAY (designer) makes one-off, luxury bags and sporrans, each one hand-crafted using mixed media such as silver, ribbons, feathers, ropes and found objects. Her work lies in the boundary between textiles and jewellery and explores different materials and techniques from basketry and millinery to create 3-D forms. To complement her bags and sporrans Laura makes ranges of jewellery in anything from silver to feathers. Her current project is a complete set made from felt tip pens. Laura studied at Glasgow School of Art and graduated with a BA Honours in jewellery and silversmithing in 1996, and a Masters in Design (textiles) in 1999. Since then she has and exhibited her work internationally, including at the Crafts Council in London, the New York International Gift Fair and Designers Block in Milan. For the last six years Laura has had a studio in Glasgow and her work can be seen at the Lighthouse gallery in the city. She can be contacted though her website at ALWYNNE PRITCHARD (composer and performer) was born in Glasgow in 1968 and as a teenager began having composition lessons with her father, Gwyn Pritchard. She then studied with Robert Saxton at the Guildhall School of Music in London, and later with Justin Connolly and Michael Finnissy at the Royal Academy of Music, where she was awarded many prizes for her work. In 1997 she was awarded a research scholarship by the University of Bristol and in 2003 received a PhD in composition. Alwynne’s music has been described by critics variously as "intriguing", "thought provoking" and “cool and lucid” and has been performed by leading players and ensembles throughout Europe and in America, as well as being recorded for CD and regularly broadcast on BBC Radios 3 and 4 and abroad. In the summer of 2000, Alwynne was awarded a Visions of Norway scholarship for a two-month artist's residency at the Kulturhuset USF Verftet, Bergen and later returned for an extended residency three years later. In April this year she began a one-year residency at Internationales Künstlerhaus Villa Concordia in Bamberg, Germany. In 2002 the BBC Symphony Orchestra gave the first performance of Alwynne's twenty-minute work Critical Mass and she has since completed Map of the Moon, a piano concerto commissioned by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, to be premiered with pianist Nicolas Hodges next year. Alwynne has also recently completed Graffiti for percussion, tape and live electronics at the Experimentalstudio Heinrich Strobel Stiftung in Freiburg, and her work Decoy, created there in 2004 for the Donaueschingen Musiktage was awarded the special prize given by the Foundation Ton Bruynèl, STEIM and the Foundation GAUDEAMUS in 2005. In October last year, Alwynne released Subterfuge In Vitro, an album of British Indian music, created in collaboration with the London-based Tabla player and producer Kuljit Bhamra. This disc is available on the keda label and distributed throughout Europe by RSK/BMG. During the mid 1990s Alwynne studied voice with Linda Hirst and later performed as guest vocalist with Apartment House in works by Gerhard Stäbler and Cornelius Cardew, as well as performing with them in the Cutting Edge tour of her own work Impossibility and giving the premiere of her Geometry of Pain I at the Wittener Tage für neue Kammer musik in 2002. This performance was later released as part of a festival documentation disc on the WDR label and she recorded her own work Kit for voice and electric guitar as part of Invisible Cities, a disc of her music released on the Metier label. In 2005 Alwynne formed the improvisation quintet FAT BATTERY, who made an appearance at the Version 06 Parallel Cities festival in Chicago earlier this year and her most recent project has been the formation of the improvisation-based trio Myrtle, who made their debut at The Loft in London in July. For more information visit and

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