art and science international meeting
low power society and thought strategies
trancoso | portugal | june 21 to 23. 2007
free admitance
Audrey Riley

Audrey Riley trained at the Guildhall School of Music, London. She is a member of the contemporary music group Icebreaker with whom she has recorded five albums, toured extensively, taken part in festivals such as the Bang On A Can Festival, New York, and performed at Carnegie Hall with the American Composers Orchestra. As an arranger and improvising 'cellist she has, with her own quartet, and as an MD, recorded over the past eighteen years for many groups including Dubstar, The Cure, The Sundays and the Smashing Pumpkins (for whom she conducted the strings of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra), as well as live performances and television appearances with many other groups. She has conducted the Seattle Symphony Orchestra in eight of her arrangements for the album 'Some Devil" by Dave Matthews. Most recently she has contributed her playing and arrangements to albums by Coldplay ("A Rush Of Blood To The Head" and "xny"), Feeder ("Comfort In Sound"), Muse ("Absolution" and "Black Holes And Revelations") Moloko ("Statues") and Funeral For A Friend ("Tales Don't Tell Themselves"). She has just returned from Los Angeles where she has been contributing to a new album by the Foo Fighters. She has worked extensively with dance companies as a specialist in contemporary music. During 1998 she took part, with Icebreaker, in performances with the Royal Ballet at the Barbican Centre in new works by Michael Gordon and David Lang, including the piece 'Cheating, Lying, Stealing" for solo cello and ensemble. This performance has since been repeated with Scottish Ballet, and recorded for release for the album 'Rogues Gallery". Icebreaker continues to tour "Trance" by Michael Gordon with Random Dance Company. Her teaching work involves composition workshops and classes at many colleges and she is a visiting lecturer for both Goldsmiths College, London and Brighton Institute of New Music. Since 2001 she has toured with the Merce Cunningham throughout the world giving performances of "Bi-ped" by Gavin Bryars, the work for solo cello 'One 8" by John Cage, "Music For…" by John Cage and works by Christian Wolf. During 2002/3 Audrey embarked on her own project entitled "A Change Of Light". This is a collaboration between composers, musicians and a visual artist to present music for 'cello in an expanded recital. Nine new works have been written by composers Gavin Bryars, David Lang, Steve Hillier (Dubstar), Mark Brydon (Moloko), Emma Anderson (Lush), Cathal Coughlan, Piet Goddaer (Ozark Henry), David Gavurin and Harriet Wheeler (The Sundays) and Damian le Gassick. Working with Andrew Zolinsky (piano), James Woodrow (guitar) and Nick and Rob Allum (drums), and with funding from Arts Council England, it also involves the work of artist and brother Philip Riley in the form of projections which look at the nature of hearing. The recital gave it's premiere in October 2002 in Nottingham and at the Warehouse. Having recorded the programme for a cd the project is currently developing a second series. Audrey has spent the last 13 years exploring the use of electric and amplified cello in contemporary music and also plays a 5-string electric 'cello. 

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