Jennifer Lucy Allan shares the fruits of our latest Late Junction long distance collaboration session, created across the Atlantic Ocean by two sonic storytellers: Natalia Beylis in County Leitrim and Anna Homler in Los Angeles.
Natalia Beylis is an experimental composer and multi-instrumentalist interested in sounds that appear unexpectedly, often layering and manipulating acoustic instruments with field recordings to create strange juxtapositions. Born in Kiev and raised in the States she moved to Ireland two decades ago, and has been a key figure in the experimental scene there since, with a regular show on Dublin Digital Radio playing ‘experimental bric-a-brac’. Her latest release Invaded by Fireflies is a collage of voices describing memories of a beautiful place.
Anna Homler is an improvising vocalist and avant-garde performance artist from Los Angeles, and has been experimenting with language and sound since the 1980s. Using words as music and everyday objects as instruments, her work explores alternative forms of communication and the poetry of ordinary things. She often performs as her character Breadwoman, a creature she describes as “so very old she has turned into bread” and has her own invented language.
Elsewhere there’ll be previously unreleased woozy, bubbling dancehall from Jamaica, as well as a new compilation of instrumental modal pop from 1970s Egypt. Plus some synth bangers inspired by the anthropological roots of cat’s cradles by the artist Kristen Gallerneaux. Produced by Katie Callin A Reduced Listening Production for BBC Radio 3
1 Maurice Louca – Bidayat (Holocene)
2 Phew – Doing Nothing
3 Ndenga Andre Destin Et Les Golden Sounds – Ngamba
4 Ippei Matsui & Aki Tsuyuko – Pigeon’s Job
5 Ippei Matsui & Aki Tsuyuko – My Mom and Wasps
6 Natalia Beylis – Pink Sky Dawn
7 I Jahbar – Snapbacks [prod. Big Flyte & Velkro]
8 Anna Homler & Alessio Capovilla – Bread Dance
9 Molly Herron & Science Ficta – Hammer and Pull
10 New Age Doom & Lee “Scratch” Perry – Life is an Experiment
11 Jon Collin – The Big Mosses
13 Natalia Beylis & Anna Homler – Trio
14 Natalia Beylis & Anna Homler – Rain
15 Natalia Beylis & Anna Homler – I yee ka no
16 Peter Brötzmann & Bill Laswell – Low Life
17 Akira Rabelais – I Can Noght Thanne Unethes Spelle That I Wende Altherbest Have Rad.
18 Kristen Gallerneaux – Invented Figures
19 Nubya Garcia – Boundless Beings (feat. Akenya)
20 Powell – Piano Music #1
21 Grauzone – Traüme Mit Mir
22 Michele Dejean Group – Bonsoir Dames (Good Night Ladies)