Trinity Laban alumnus Rhodri Davies has been awarded a grant from the prestigious Foundation for Contemporary Arts (FCA) to write a number of harp compositions. The FCA established its Grants to Artists award in 1993 to further its mission of promoting innovative work in the arts.
Rhodri said of the award: "I am honoured to be the recipient of a Grants to Artists Award, not least because the FCA was founded by Jasper Johns and John Cage, two artists that I have long admired. Cage's compositions, philosophy, writings, art and humour have been hugely influential for me, and I have performed many of his compositions over the years, including lesser known works such as Postcard from Heaven.
"I will use the year to develop two solo projects that I have been keen to develop for a long time, which build on my previous solo harp releases, Trem and Over Shadows.
"In my work, I have sought to avoid the harp's 'beautiful' sounds in order to explore noise, silence, timbre and texture by working with live electronics, preparations and duration.
"The first project will be a solo harp LP that will work with noise, rhythm and pitches in a way that is open to distortion, random occurrence and chance.
"The second project is where I have used the elements to sound the harp, and will form a document of my extended installation and sound-art work, including Room Harp, Wind Harp, Fire Harp, Water Harp, Dry Ice Harp and Electric Wind Harp."
Both works are expected to be available in LP format next
Photo courtesy of Viola Kiefner
Trem (2001) and Over Shadows (2007).are available on Confront Recordings.
Since its inception in 1963, the mission of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts has been to encourage, sponsor, and promote innovative work in the arts created and presented by individuals, groups, and organizations.
Through a nomination process, individual artists and organizations working in dance, music/sound, theatre/performance art, poetry, and the visual arts are awarded unrestricted grants for projects of their own choosing.