Salon Imaginaire #5 – Jez riley French and Lisa Knapp

The Old Library, West Dean College

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Jez riley French was recently described in an interview with the British Library as being one of the
most influential sound artists of his generation, not only for his creative work but also for his
expansion of extended field recording techniques and modes of listening in general. His 'deep listening' performances are immediate, intuitive, simple and radical, quietly proposing new ways of perceiving the world around us and our relationship to it.

Lisa Knapp is a London-based singer of unusual clarity and nuance. While her music is firmly grounded in traditional folk singing, she constantly reimagines the old songs with an inventive flair that breathes startling new life into each one.

Join us at this evening event that explores our own responses to the evocative power of sound and
music in conjuring up far-flung forgotten spaces and uncharted past lives, in the College's historic
Old Library.

Doors open at 7.30pm. Music starts at 8pm. The Steward's Bar will be open until 10.30pm.

Open to all age 12+. This is a Pay What You Decide event. Please register to secure your seat.

Jez riley French

Get ready for a sonic journey unlike any you have ever encountered. Amongst Jez's key recent works are pieces capturing the sound of the Dolomites dissolving, ants consuming fallen fruit, the Tate Modern building vibrating, the infrasound of domestic spaces around the world, glaciers melting in Iceland and the tonal resonances of natural and human objects in the landscape.

"Jez riley French has spent many years in pursuit of the world's more delicate and overlooked
sounds...It's not surprising that his interest also extends beyond the audible realms."
The Wire

"...pulsating, seems almost impossible to remove oneself from this strange world."
The British Library, review of Estonian Strings

Lisa Knapp

Lisa's live performances combine her pure vocal style with a multi-instrumental approach to performance, producing music that is a profound pleasure to behold. Influenced by the use of field recordings and found sound, Lisa has taken the interpretation of traditional song into bold new territory with modern renditions of ancient ballads like The Two Ravens, for which she won a BBC Folk Award in 2014.

"Excitingly daring and enlightened." MOJO

"Fearlessly original talent" fRoots

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West Dean College is supported by PRS Foundation's The Open Fund.