INTERNATIONAL DIGITAL ARTIST RESIDENCY EXCHANGE w/
Residency Dates: 25th February – 8th March 2021
Paradise Air, Metal and Samarbeta are excited to announce three 10 day music residencies happening alongside each other with DRS (Manchester, UK) TORUS VIL. (Kimiya Sato & Mayu Gonto) (Tokyo, JP) & M T HALL (Liverpool, UK). Taking place in each city between the artists homes and the three residency sites should Covid-19 guidelines allow.
While ‘in person’ interactions are not possible the residency highlights the importance of sharing ideas and building relationships with other artists. Together with the host organisations, the artists will be working together to explore fluid social communication on digital platforms to create work together, demonstrate works in progress and discuss the future of collaborative music making in different cities and across different time zones.
The artists will be in contact with each other throughout the residency either collaborating on a combined project or working separately and sharing their ideas and working methods through online meetings.
The three organisations will be partnering with one another for the first time, in response to the impacts of the global pandemic and the climate crisis. They will use this opportunity to trial new models of international artist exchange and collaboration through the residencies.
Metal and Samarbeta will be inviting DRS, M T Hall and Torus Vil. to share their music and creative process via social media. At the end of the residency the artists will be in conversation online, giving an insight into their processes and how they have found creating in this way during the pandemic (date TBC).
Few voices have navigated us through as many styles with as much clarity as that of Delroy Pottinger. MC, poet, story teller, vibes dealer, blues man; the Manchester artist known best as DRS is one of the most distinctive and influential MCs across both drum & bass and UK hip-hop.
DRS is one of the true foundation MCs to bring a deep, musical style to the then burgeoning drum & bass scene and push the ideas of how artistic and creative a host can be at 170 beats per minute. DRS’s signature singing style, deep soul, acerbic flows and emotional throes leave him cited and respected as one of the most vital mic craftsmen in the field.
Delroy explores way beyond the board. His roots in hip-hop run just as deep as his drum & bass foundations as, alongside Konny Kon and Strategy, he helped put Manchester on the map with the cult crew Broke N English. As well as spawning three massive careers, the crew also gave us Estate
Recordings. Co-founded and run by Delroy & James Mernagh, Estate was responsible for all Broken N English singles before developing into a wider community-based label. Encouraging and supporting many Manchester manoeuvres from the next generation of the city’s innovators such as Chimpo, Skittles and Dub Phizix.
Still navigating us through the many styles and packing even more clarity than ever before, Delroy Pottinger is creating a space for even more of his prolific creations across even more movements.
Torus Vil. is a project/network organised by Kimiya Sato. It aims to research traditional culture and art while creating a cultural edge that is needed today. Torus Vil. mainly produces music, as well as planning, organizing, performing, and directing concerts, stage performances, workshops, and exhibition.
Kimiya Sato is a musician and composer born in Hokkaido, Japan.
Early exposure to his grandmother’s shigin (a type of Japanese poetical singing), and personal experiences with the chanting in Buddhist temples and the hymnal singing in Christian churches has led Kimiya Sato to create and explore his own personal type of vocal expression. He also plays the violin, viola, and a variety of percussion instruments.
Joining Kimiya Sato as a member of Torus Vil is pianist, accordianist and singer Mayu Gonto. Born in Tokyo, Japan. Through music, she interacts with the world and adds flowers to all kinds of beauty. In addition to composing and performing music for some groups. She has also been active in the field of stage music and film music. She is the organizer of “Otono Terakoya,” a musical circus created with children.
Kimiya & Mayu also perform as folk duo Mikka Mangetsu
Based in the North West of the UK, Madeline Hall is an artist, music producer and DJ performing under the moniker M T Hall. With a focus on emotionally experimental electronic music, M T Hall’s background as a visual artist has translated into building dense sonic structures derived from her multidisciplinary approach and political praxis.
While founded on a palette of field recordings, synthesis and tension-building melodies, M T Hall’s productions bleed into strange worlds beyond the dancefloor. Having developed a wide portfolio of multi-disciplinary solo work, she has produced compositions and sound pieces for projects including TripleFlex and RRR by Frances Disley, Restoring Waves for Heart of Glass and audio play The Retoucher on BBC Arts. M T Hall is a member of the collective Cartier 4 Everyone, hosting a monthly show on Melodic Distraction Radio and is resident experimentalist on Bidston Observatory’s artist-run online radio station, Domes FM.
PARADISE AIR is an artist-in-residence program located in Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, conveniently close to yet comfortably removed from the bustle of central Tokyo. Artist-in-residence programs provide artists a place to stay and create art for a given period, supporting their travel and artistic activities. At present, their activities revolve around three programs: the SHORTSTAY Program, open not just to artists but to curators and researchers too; the LONGSTAY Program, which hosts artists chosen from among applicants for three months, offering all-round support that covers travel, accommodation, language, and of course artistic production; and finally the LEARN Program, which connects artists with the city, encouraging different kinds of learning and interaction. Our goal is to update and add new layers to Matsudo’s culture by letting our artists stretch their wings across the whole city, working in concert with the local residents.
Samarbeta is a project born from the minds of Emma Thompson (Fat Out) and Rivca Burns (Sounds from the Other City). Both Emma and Rivca had worked together at Islington Mill for over 3 years and worked alongside many artists via Islington Mill’s residency program. It has however led them to question why a specific music residency doesn’t exist, and thus Samarbeta was born in late 2013. The Samarbeta residency program is an innovative way to progress and encourage the production of new and adventurous music and also encourages musicians to come together and collaborate in a way that without the residency may never have arisen before.
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