Galya Bisengalieva. Artist Talk


Practical information

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5 €, free admission with concert ticket

Event overview

Artist Talk: Galya Bisengalieva with curator Sarah Miles

Galya Bisengalieva is an award-winning Kazakh/ British violinist and composer. Her intimate bond with her instrument drives her to create beautiful and highly emotive compositions, centring unyielding drones as she weaves across genres like folk, ambient, classical, and electronic music. Bisengalieva is the leader of the London Contemporary Orchestra. As well as her own productions, you can find Bisengalieva’s solos and improvisations on numerous film soundtracks and TV productions, including Mica Levi’s Under the Skin and Thom Yorke’s Suspiria.

For Tune, she will give an audiovisual performance of her debut album Aralkum released in 2020, originally conceived as a meditation on ecological loss and grief. She will perform the work with her band: Louise Duggan (percussion), Ian Anderson (viola), Gwen Reed (double bass), Abigail Burrows (bass flute). In this work, her compositions map the shrinking of the Aral Sea, a closed endorheic lake on the Kazakhstan-Uzbekistan borderlands that evaporated in the 2010s, one of the worst man-made environmental disasters on the planet where water dried up, fish disappeared, and the surrounding communities collapsed. Bisengalieva’s sombre drones sound a furious death knell not only of the natural world, but humanity’s connection to it.

For the second evening, she will give a solo performance of material from her first two EPs where she uses acoustic techniques as well as electronic manipulation that distort and push the instrument in radical new ways.

With a Galya Bisengalieva concert ticket, you have free admission to the Artist Talk. Without a concert ticket, a ticket for the Artist Talk is 5 € at the box office.