Sound artists Meghan Mulhearn of DIVINE CIRCLES and Elisa Faires are composing a collaborative album inspired by the geography and sonic landscape of the West Coast. Having journeyed the country all Spring and Summer, the pair will take their music to stage beginning this Sunday in Atlanta. From there they will traverse California, Oregon and Washington, playing shows, recording, collaborating with other artists and ultimately composing an album.
“We have even commissioned a hydrophone from electronics engineer Charles Brandon Howes to make underwater recordings,” said Mulhearn.
DIVINE CIRCLES released their debut full-length, Oblivion Songs, late last year via UK-based Paradigms Recordings. On Oblivion Songs Mulhearn manifests a wholly engrossing collection of intimate and experimental songcraft filtered through the Appalachian dusk. Notorious for pushing the limits of traditional string-playing in an effort to investigate the violin’s potential as an instrument far beyond customary composition, Mulhearn often exercises effects and electronics, novel plucking/strumming techniques and uses the violin as an actual vocal resonator. Her eccentric approach, compared to Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Warren Ellis of Dirty Three/Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and more investigatory artists like Aidan Baker and Steve Reich, invokes evocative, visceral and textural elements, often unrecognizable as originating from a violin at all.
DIVINE CIRCLES w/ Elisa Faires
8/03/2014 Yolkspace – Atlanta, GA
8/05/2014 Artist Residency – San Francisco, CA
8/06/2014 Artist Residency – San Francisco, CA
8/07/2014 The Luggage Store Gallery New Music Series – San Francisco, CA
8/07/2014 Like on KALX 12:00pm – Berkeley, CA
8/08/2014 El Rio – San Francisco, CA
8/09/2014 House Show – Oakland, CA
8/10/2014 Artist Residency – Sonoma County, CA
8/11/2014 Artist Residency – Sonoma County, CA
8/12/2014 Waypost – Portland, OR w/ Aerial Ruin
8/14/2014 House Show – Portland, OR
8/15/2014 Rainbow In The Dark Festival – Olympia, WA
8/16/2014 Live on KPSU – Portland, OR
8/16/2014 Vagrant Eye Projection Museum – Portland, OR
8/18/2014 Wandering Goat – Eugene, OR w/ Disemballerina
8/19/2014 Artist Residency – Oregon and Washington coast
8/20/2014 Artist Residency – Oregon and Washington coast
8/21/2014 Artist Residency – Oregon and Washington coast
8/22/2014 Louie G’s – Tacoma, WA w/ Province Of Thay
8/23/2014 Theatro De La Psychomachia – Seattle, WA
8/24/2014 Highline – Seattle, WA w/ Province Of Thay
Oblivion Songs is currently available in limited edition vinyl via Paradigms Recordings. Order your copy today HERE.
Source: Earsplit PR
Photo Credit: Erika Taylor