Joshua Sabin translates the compositional methods of Latvian folk songs into contemporary electronic music. Concert with introduction by Jan Lichý.
In his work, British composer and sound artist Joshua Sabin examines sound phenomena through scientific approaches. Sabin’s his first album, Terminus Drift, used field recordings made in public transit systems in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Berlin; the release of his second album, Sutarti, was preceded by extensive research into the traditional Lithuanian singing technique sutartine. On this widely-praised album, Sabin didn’t use recordings from Lithuanian ethnic-music archives: he translated the compositional techniques characteristic of sutartine to a completely different music form. Joshua Sabin lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, and publishes with the Berlin experimental label Subtext.
Jan Lichý studied Japanese studies at the Charles University in Prague and at Hokkaido University in Sapporo in 1990s and has dedicated his professional career to this field. It is the connection to Japan and its musical subcultures and live experimental scene that have most influenced Lichý’s musical scope. Jan Lichý, owner of a large collection of LPs, is a fixture in and a frequent commentator on the Czech and international music scene, focussing especially on experimental electronic music and hybrid musical genres on the border of electronic and contemporary classic music.