Intonal 2022: Grouper
Intonal Festival presents Grouper. Pacific-Northwest artist Liz Harris has only accrued more reverence over her 16-year career of drone, song, and guitar tenderness.
In S:t Johannes church. Part of Intonal Festival 2022. Tickets sold separately for this show.
Holders of festival pass get a 100:- discount.
Pacific-Northwest artist Liz Harris has only accrued more reverence over her 16-year career of drone, song, and guitar tenderness. 12 albums in, and while her music can be seen as simplicity itself – usually just one guitar and her voice home-recorded – Grouper threads a hidden radiant language of gentle disquiet, framed by open space and the sense of being far away. Her live shows are famous for transporting the audience to that same place.
Fittingly, new album, Shade – released in October 2021 via her longtime label, Kranky – is about respite, and the coast, poetically and literally. How we frame ourselves in a landscape, how in turn it frames us, and the memories and experiences carried forward mapping our connection to place. Brought to you from the Oregon coast to Skåne coast.
The choreographer and performer working with music and dance uses her voice and body as a space like if it was an instrument. Her ongoing research deals with how we listen as we look; the relation between the ear and the eye. She has grounded her practice in a number of solo performances in which she developed an idiorrhythmic way of creating.
In her two ongoing music projects wowawiwa and John the Houseband, she collaborates with other artists such as Anja Muller, Dennis Deter, Roger Sala Reyner, and Melkorka Sigridur Magnusdottir. In all her works, she collaborates closely with the sound artist Hendrik Willekens. Part of the artist-initiated structure Manyone, Söderberg is currently an associate artist at Cullberg. She has also won the Thalia Prize and been granted the Cullberg scholarship.
For this year’s Intonal, Söderberg presents her piece Deep Etude at the lovely S:t Johannes kyrka. A layering of rhythms by means of machine drum, voice, and dance in which the foreground and the background shift, the one carves itself into the other, the dance becomes the backing track of the music, the movement excavates the sound and brings it to the surface. Deep Etude is a study that is a spirit, a composition that is a practice or an object that is a skill.