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'A Line Fractured Into A Thousand Aberrations’


The 4th Samarbeta residency was a collaboration between visual artist Rachel Goodyear and electroacoustic musician and modular synth specialist Sam Weaver, taking place in the Islington Mill event space across 5 weeks through July and August 2105. Weaver then invited national and international musicians to take part in 'A Line Fractures into a Thousand Aberrations', a residency with collaboration and improvisation at its core.


Beginning with a skeletal framework of scores, markers and directions, Weaver set off a collaborative relay. Goodyear interpreted these directions into artworks of drawings, painting and collage, from which the musicians  read and transformed into music. Each stage offered openness for all involved to open up a dialogue into alternative ways of transferring visual into aural. Over the course of the residency the cycle continued as more scores, artworks and musicians came together, culminating in a live performance of directed music and live art.


Musicians that joined this process include the space-age Turkish Free Jazz band Konstrukt (first UK appearance). Manchester’s own free improvising power unit Otto Willberg (Bass), David Birchall (Gtr) & Andrew Cheetham (Drums). Cuban percussionist Santiago Garzon Rill (Chaguito). London guitarist Simon King, multi-instrumentalist’s Christian Weaver, Howard Jacobs & David McLean, Drummer Jon Perry, Saxophonist’s Sam Andreae & Colin Webster, and composer/sound artist Danny Saul, alongside an array of previous Samarbeta collaborators and Manchester’s experimental music scene.  

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