Wartime in Discovery Park : Caroline Kraabel [PAST]

Sound & Visual Exhibition :

6 August 2022 Saturday 2:30 – 5:30pm.

Solo live performance (saxophone) 6 August Saturday 5:30 – 6:30pm | £5 ticket | 10 places only – Please email divfuse@gmail.com for ticketing information.

7 August Sunday 2:30 – 6:30pm.

Running Time for the Exhibition : 12 minutes Total. Free Entry

Wartime in Discovery Park (2022)

Driving, talking. Conversing. Listening, but only casually. We make a daily trip to the park together.

Discovery Park. Home to cougars, coyotes, bald eagles, grey seals… rabbits… bold birds… quotidian communion.

Sky, sea, streets, trees. War in Ukraine. The very familiar sound of a voice, of mother tongues.

Two voices, each using two languages, each replicated with saxophone sound.

Taking A Life For A Walk x48 (2002 – 2006)

This audio piece consists of 48 live recordings of Kraabel’s weekly Resonance 104.4FM radio series, which ran from Jan 2002 to autumn 2006.

For each half-hour of live radio, Kraabel walked through the streets (usually of London) pushing her infant child in a pushchair while playing the saxophone (one-handed) along with all the ambient sounds and differing acoustics. She also invited listeners to create live audio feedback by phoning her in telephone boxes and holding their phones to their radios.

This audio piece uses 48 recordings of the live Taking A Life For A Walks, and differentiates them from the liveness of the original TALFAW by combining them so that we hear them all simultaneously.

Caroline Kraabel is a London-based improviser, saxophonist, artist and composer. She conducts and plays with the London Improvisers Orchestra (LIO). Sometimes she improvises solo while walking in London and elsewhere (broadcast over several years on Resonance 104.4 FM as Taking a Life for a Walk and Going Outside). She works with many other excellent improvisers, including Robert Wyatt, Maggie Nicols, John Edwards, Louis Moholo, Cleveland Watkiss, Hyelim Kim, Susan Alcorn, Sarah Washington, and Charlotte Hug. During 2020-21 Kraabel has performed live (off- and on-line) and while walking through London; made and shared many recordings of duo and solo live improvisation; made a piece of performance art for APT Gallery; made a number of socially distanced large-group pieces for the LIO; was artist-in-residence at UNCOOL in Poschiavo, Switzerland; and worked on her 40-minute music/film piece about lockdown London (London 26 and 28 March 2020: imitation: inversion), which received its avant-première at London’s Café Oto on 25 February 2021, is available on the Jazzed app, and won the 2021 Ivor Award for Sound Art Composer.



Image by Caroline Kraabel