OULAN live at the Sonic Arts Research Centre

Una Lee and myself played a lunchtime concert in Belfast on 24 Feb 2022, which was livestreamed. Our 50-minute improvisatory performance is up on the SARC YouTube channel now.

Texts used in this performance include excerpts from Água Viva by Clarice Lispector, A Hundred Thousand Billion Poems by Raymond Queneau and The Glass menagerie by Tennesse Williams.

OULAN combines the sonic forces of Loula Yorke (electronics) and Una Lee (vocals), co-recipients of the Oram Award 2020. This exciting collaboration inspires the two artists to bring their best elements to the improvisational table: Lee’s sublime vocal work navigates in real-time through her diverse musical languages, arriving in an eerie envelopment of Yorke’s ephemeral, aleatoric electronics, producing a dynamic, colourful yet intimate soundscape.

Deliaphonic 2022

VERY excited to have been confirmed for the line-up for Deliaphonic 2022.

Deliaphonic is a flagship project produced by The Tin Music and Arts with local Delia enthusiasts Martin Leape and Alex Miles. It is an annual celebration of the life and work of Delia Derbyshire, usually around the anniversary of her birth, which takes place in her home town of Coventry.  This year Deliaphonic is across 4 days, and includes work by Cosey Fanni Tutti and Natalie Sharp.

I will performing live in Coventry Cathedral on 6th March 2022, supporting Lone Lady, alongside Jerry Dammers and Richard Norris.

Natalie Sharp and myself are presented by the Oram Awards.

Young Visionaries – Norwich Arts Centre workshop

Young Visionaries will be launching at Norwich Arts Centre on Tuesday 15 February 3pm – 7pm offering FREE creative workshops spanning across music, arts, photography, writing, radio and dance. These workshops aim to give young creatives a taster of what Young Visionaries will have to offer.

If you are aged 11-19 and interested in creative arts and performance opportunities, or would like to develop or learn creative skills then join one of our 45 minute workshops on the day.

Workshops will be led by local creatives including Amy Nomvula (radio), Loula Yorke (music), Helen Szirtes (writing), Tricia Mercer-David (drawing), Priya Oades (photography) and Glasshouse Dance (welcome dance warm-up). These will be followed by live music performances to be confirmed.

NEW YEAR 🤩 NEW COLLABORATOR 🤩 NEW DATES

16 Jan 2022, Norwich Arts Centre – Loula Yorke

8 Feb 2022, Colchester Arts Centre – OULAN

14 Feb 2022, Cafe Oto – OULAN

24 Feb 2022, Sonic Arts Research Centre, Belfast – OULAN

6 Mar 2022 – TBA – Loula Yorke

OULAN is Loula Yorke (electronics) and Una Lee (vocals), co-recipients of the Oram Award 2020. This exciting collaboration inspires the two artists to bring their best element to the improvisational table: Lee’s sublime vocal work navigates in real-time through her diverse musical languages, arriving in an eerie envelopment of Yorke’s ephemeral, aleatoric electronics, producing a dynamic yet intimate; a serene yet colourful soundscape. Listen to our live sampler here. Hear more from us in 2022!

Sound Arts workshop for the Art Station

Last week I ran a sound arts workshop culminating in a sound piece with a group of 20 secondary school children from a local school in Saxmundham as part of the Art Station’s Telephone Exchange exhibition.

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The Art Station is partnering with Saxmundham Museum and BT Adastral Park to celebrate the historical significance of the 1950s former BT telephone exchange and post office building that serves as their current home. The project will open the original exchange rooms and equipment to the public for the first time alongside contextual archival materials and artefacts. Digital artist Henry Driver will also be displaying his work Secrets of Soil within the space, providing a unique creative response to the developing technology of communication. Creative Technologist Emily Godden will be exhibiting 1858 Dunwich-Zandvoort cable ft. GPT-2, a piece exploring our relationship with the archive in the age of deep fakes and neural networks. Oral historian Belinda Moore is interviewing former employees and capturing their stories. Sound artist Loula Yorke will be running hands-on workshops with local students to engage with analogue and digital technologies associated with the equipment used at the  exchange.

This collaborative project invites the community to observe and engage with its rich history as a hub of connectivity for the East Suffolk coast. The building at 48 High Street Saxmundham is an iconic example of 1950s industrial architecture – designed by Thomas Winterburn, one of the ten post office architects associated with the Festival of Britain movement, it functioned as a busy working post office and telephone exchange until the 1970s.

Saxmundham Telephone Exchange will be opening to coincide with Heritage Open Days 2021, with weekend openings on 12-4pm Saturday 18 September and 12-4pm Saturday 25 September at 48 High Street, Saxmundham IP17 1AB.

This exhibition has been made possible thanks to funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.