KaffeMatthews  
 
Country:   England
URL:   http://www.annetteworks.com
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Kaffe Matthews has been making and performing new electro-acoustic music since 1990. She is acknowledged as a leading figure and pioneer in the field of electronic improvisation and live composition making on average 50 performances a year worldwide. In 1997 she established the label Annette Works, releasing the best of these events on six cd's so far, presenting an annual document of ever developing sound worlds. Her 2004 collaboration Weightless Animals has just been awarded a BAFTA and she has just received a NESTA Dreamtime Fellowship. Matthews makes site-specific sound works live, playing in the dark in the middle of the space, the audience surrounding her, the sounds moving around them. She uses self-designed software based matrices through which she pulls, pushes and reprocesses sounds live. Starting with an empty hard drive, a theremin, carefully located microphones and a four channel sound system, the room / gallery / concert hall / club / church / ship / audience / desert and its acoustic are also her instrument. It’s dangerous, but playing live on that fragile human boundary between success and failure is an essential aspect to her process. She also collaborates and has worked and performed with many artists worldwide including agf, Ryoko Kuwajima, Mandy McIntosh, Zeena Parkins, Leafcutter John, Janek Schaefer, Sachiko M, Ikue Mori, Marina Rosenfeld, Pan-Sonic, Christian Fennesz, and is now working on an opera with 'the lappetites' and ongoing democractic stuggles with pan-European electronics orchestra ‘MIMEO’. She has also been making a growing body of composed works through collaborations with a variety of people, things and processes. From working with NASA astronauts researching the sonic experience of human and animal space travel (Weightless Animals), kites and the weather on an uninhabited Scottish island, (Weather Made', AWCDr01), taut wires in the Australian outback, mobile phone communication to a gallery in New York, and more recently “Touching Concrete Lightly” for MIMEO at the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2003, London designed by Oscar Niemeyer, now available as triple cd. Future commissions include sonic bed for HER NOISE (opening South London Gallery, September 2005), and Radio Cycle for the Drawing Room, London, October 2005. Playing classical violin from the age of 7, singing badly in one band but getting further with bass and drums in another which recorded and toured for 4 years, in 1985 she discovered electricity and sound and with that, her current trajectory. Since then, acid house engineering, electrically reconstructing the violin, Distinction for a Masters in Music Technology, introducing and running a Performance Technology course at one of the leading Live Arts Colleges in the UK, and establishing the label Annette Works. She also set up a shop and did a Zoology degree along the way. Accessed 11.1206 from http://www.hernoise.com/artist_kaffe.htm
11 Selected Statements
      Worktype Info Year Country Admin
Drift CD DOR Infinity England Edit
Before The Libretto Album Quecksilber England Edit
CdAnn CD - 1997 England Edit
Zevende Mixer - Still a slapper 7 vinyl http://www.stichtingmixer.nl/ 2001 Netherlands Edit
Elevator Music Performance Kule Club, Berlin: 2002 Germany Edit
Out with the Cold Soundwork - 2003 England Edit
Veertiende Mixer - Dissectio/ Environmental Cleaning Moments Split LP http://www.stichtingmixer.nl/ 2004 Netherlands Edit
Sonic Bed - London Installation South London Gallery 2005 England Edit
Sonic Bed - Shanghai Installation Xuhui Art Museum,Shanghai 2005 China Edit
Sonic Bed, Menu Of Five Pleasures Installation HER NOISE, SOUTH LONDON GALLERY, London 2005 England Edit
Live Performance - 30th April 2005 Performance - 2005 England Edit