Artist Focus 26: Touch presents… Chris Watson and Hildur Guðnadóttir, Anna von Hausswolff

7 October, 2013

Touch presents a world premiere for Frequency 13. Performing in Lincoln Cathedral, sound recordist Christ Watson and cellist Hildur Guðnadóttir will collaborate for the first time on Sönghellir (The Cave of Song), a new, multi-channel sound work. Swedish singer, pianist and songwriter Anna von Hausswolff will also perform a new score for the organ, and together the artists present will close the event with The Eternal Chord, an improvisational work.



Since its first release in 1982, Touch has created sonic and visual productions that combine innovation with a level of care and attention that has made it the most enduring of any independent company of its time.

Chris Watson

Chris Watson is one of the world’s leading recorders of wildlife and natural phenomena, and for Touch he edits his field recordings into a filmic narrative. He has developed a particular and passionate interest in recording the wildlife sounds of animal, habitats and atmospheres from around the world. As a freelance recordist for film, TV & radio, Chris Watson specialises in natural history and documentary location sound together with track assembly and sound design in postproduction.

Hildur Guðnadóttir

Hildur Guðnadóttir is an Icelandic cello player and singer who has been manifesting herself at the forefront of experimental pop and contemporary music. In her solo work she draws out a broad spectrum of sounds from her instrument, ranging from intimate simplicity to huge soundscapes. Guðnadóttir likes to explore the nature and movement of sound, and often turns her experiments into sound and visual installations. She recently co-composed a live soundtrack to Derek Jarman’s 1980 film In The Shadow of The Sun with legends Throbbing Gristle.

Anna von Hausswolff

Anna von Hausswolff is a Swedish singer, pianist and songwriter. Her debut single, “Track of Time”, was released in 2010 and was quickly followed by her debut album Singing from the Grace. She is noted for her expressive voice and her live performances. She played in several festivals such as the Way Out West Festival, Peace and Love, Storsjöyran, Arvika, and Made Festival. She has also opened for artist such as Tindersticks, Lykke Li and M. Ward.

Sönghellir (The Cave of Song)

The Cave of Song is a sound journey beginning under the water off the coast of Faxafloi, Iceland moving up onto the lava beach where it continues up into the snow mountain Snaefellsnes and ends inside Sönghellir, the song cave. The groaning of ice in an Icelandic glacier is what Chris Watson describes as “putting a microphone where you can’t put your ears” and is a perfect description of his work.

60 miles from Reykjavik, the Snaefellsjokul glacier is one of the most popular and mysterious in Iceland. French author Jules Verne even chose this glacier as his doorway into space in his book Journey to the Centre of Earth. Its beauty embodies the entire Snaefellsnes Peninsula and some of the best and most important sagas took place there.

Touch presents… Chris Watson & Hildur Guðnadóttir, Anna von Hausswolff will be premiering at Lincoln Cathedral on 19th October.

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