Lawrence English, Greg Davis & Jeph Jerman, Michael Morley


Greg Davis is a musician based in Chicago. As an undergraduate at DePaul University in Chicago, Davis studied classical and jazz guitar alongside composition and jazz studies. In 1997, he started his own label, Autumn Records, in order to put out his music and that of others. At this time Greg was attending the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he received his master’s degree in composition in June 2001.

Jeph Jerman plays mostly unamplified objects with an incredible control and sublime ear. He became interested in sound at an early age, experimenting with the first tape recorder he was given as a birthday present. What followed was many years of playing commercial music in a large number of bands and orchestras as well as working for several college radio stations and absorbing as much sound from around the world as he could. In 1986 Jerman began recording under the name ‘Hands To’, eventually releasing far too many cassettes, albums and CDs as well as founding the band ‘Blowhole’. He believes that this is where he learned to listen, becoming less and less interested in music as a medium for self-expression. He gives solo performances using only natural found objects (stones, shells, bones, driftwood, pine cones, etc), as soundmakers.

Lawrence English is a writer, musician and media artist based in Brisbane, Australia. For over a decade, English’s audio explorations have sprawled a range of areas. Sonically, the work calls into question the established relationships between approaches to sound and structure – traversing experimental soundscapes and free improvisation to processed beat works and concrete-influenced compositions, his back catalogue spans a dynamic array of frameworks. English runs the Room40 label and in recent years has performed and improvised with the likes of David Toop, Oren Ambarchi, Marina Rosenfeld, DJ Olive, Philip Samartzis, Toshio Kajiwara, Scanner, Tetuzi Akiyama, Janek Schaefer and KK Null.

Dunedin musician and artist Michael Morley is a member of The Dead C, Gate, The Lavender Head and The Fuck Chairs. Earlier, in the 1980s, Morley was a member of Wreck Small Speakers On Expensive Stereos. Morley founded the Precious Metal label sometime in the late 1980s to document, first on cassette and later LP and CD, his own work as Gate. Most of the releases on Precious Metal were limited to very small quantities. He has also recorded and played live with Lee Ranaldo, Keiji Haino, Zeena Parkins and many more. Morley teaches at Otago Polytechnic School of Art in Dunedin.

11 July 2006 – Auckland – Artspace

START: TUE 11 JULY 2006, 12:00 PM