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New music by Oram award winners

We are delighted to be presenting a series of four concerts in Derry and Belfast in 2023 featuring past winners of an Oram Awards.

The artists are: Lou Barnell, Vivienne Griffin, Poulomi Desai and OULAN (Una Lee and Loula Yorke). They will be performing in the period September - December 2023 (dates tbc).

(Clockwise from top left: Lou Barnell, Vivienne Griffin, OULAN and Poulomi Desai)

About the artists

Lou Barnell is an award-winning sound and performance artist and radio DJ. She was winner of the 2021 Oram Awards. Her work gives language to her alienating and disorientating experiences of being a neurodivergent woman. Her work is a “brutalist hypnotic soup of electronic soft and hardware, visceral sonic textures, improvised voice, material speculation and movement.”

Vivienne Griffin is a multi-disciplinary artist who uses sound, sculpture, drawing and text in various forms. Griffin works with the voice through digital post-processing and in a workshop format called Synthetic Voices. They work with sound alongside sculptures, drawing and installations. They won an Oram Award in 2021, they are a resident at Somerset House Studios, London.

Poulomi Desai, born in Hackney, London, is a multimedia artist and activist using ideas as she describes as an “electromagnetic dissonant black noise for future dreams”. For more than three decades, Poulomi has approached her community-based practice as a collaborative investigation and provocation, using performance, language, photography and sound to create compelling art advocacy projects.

OULAN combines the sonic forces of Loula Yorke (electronics) and Una Lee (vocals), co-recipients of the Oram Award 2020. This collaboration inspires the two artists to bring their best elements to the improvisational table: Lee’s sublime vocal work navigates in real-time through her diverse musical languages, arriving in an eerie envelopment of Yorke’s ephemeral, aleatoric electronics, producing a dynamic, colourful yet intimate soundscape.

This project is supported by PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund.

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