Berlin/London based cellist Lucy Railton has been an active performer and music producer and composer for over a decade, releasing albums on Modern Love, Editions Mego – GRM Portraits, PAN (with Peter Zinovieff) and Takuroku. Having emerged from a long-term engagement with classical and contemporary music, these recent works exist between modern instrumentalism, electroacoustic composition, improvisation and expressive musique concrète. Her work often focuses on the sonic potential of her instrument and how it serves her experiments in electronic music production and installation work. Over the years she has engaged with a range of interdisciplinary collaborations including those with Rebecca Salvadori, Peter Zinovieff, Catherine Lamb, Beatrice Dillon, Kali Malone and Kadialy Kouyate, the writer Laura Grace Ford, choreographers Akram Khan and Sasha Milavic Davies and has performed in projects lead by Pauline Oliveros, Iancu Dumitrescu, Mary Jane Leach, Cally Spooner, Matmos and Philippe Parreno. Her involvement with some of these artists and their repertoire has occasioned extensive explorations of resonance, psychoacoustics, synthesis and microtonality, preoccupations that are ever present in her own work.
Throughout her twenties living in London Lucy advocated contemporary and experimental music, working extensively across the scene producing events at the Institute of Contemporary Art and Vortex Jazz Club whilst establishing the 10 year long music series Kammer Klang at Cafe Oto and co-founding and co-directing the London Contemporary Music Festival 2013-2016. Also during this time, Lucy freelanced with the ensembles London Sinfonietta, Britten Sinfonia and Ensemble Plus Minus and regularly performed with the pianist Kit Downes, violinist Aisha Orazabayeva and with many individuals in the London improv scene. She has performed at festivals and venues including Dark Mofo (Tasmania), Blank Forms (New York), Cafe Oto, Borealis Festival, Atonal, Koln Philharmonie, Barbican, Berlin Jazz, Donaueschingen, Sydney Opera House, Rewire, AKOUSMA (GRM), Norbergfestival, Centro de Creación Contemporánea de Andalucía and CTM.
Recently she has been focusing on new collaborations and projects in Berlin, including the James Tenney Festival with the Harmonic Space Orchestra, a touring production of ‘Everything that rises must dance’ a performance devised with Sasha Milavic Davies for 200 female participants, co-composing (with Yair Elazar Glotman) the film score for A24’s forthcoming production “False Positive” and new solo works in spatialized sound.
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