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Biography

Riz Maslen has been described as one of the most prominent women composers working in post-techno experimental electronics. Her music has been released on Ninja Tune, Mush Recordings, Squid Eye and she is currently signed to Architects and Heroes in the USA.

 In the last few years her work has branched into more sound design and composition working both collaboratively with artists, and developing her own solo sound installations. In 2011 Riz was commissioned by Kew Gardens and selected for Bow Arts Open.

In 2012 Riz was selected as one of the 10 finalists in the ENO’s mini opera’s competition.

In the summer of 2012 Riz embarked on the trip of a lifetime to one for the most remote areas of the threatened heart of the Borneo rainforest, in Central Kalimantan, part of an international team of explorers, scientists and capacity builders who work with remote forest communities to help protect their environment and culture. On her return to the UK Riz created a number of works related to her experience in Borneo, an interactive app, two short films and audio works which have been showcased during Coastal Currents and Noise and Whispers in 2013. Riz is also currently touring with Oliver Cherer as one of the collaborating artists on his new album Sir Ollife Leigh and other Ghosts.

 

 

Composition and Performance

Non Blank – Dear Serge at The De La Warr Pavillion – 15/11/14

Lisa Knapp Support – De La Warr Pavillion - Oliver Cherer Band – 12/10/14

Mark Fry Album Launch  -  St Mary’s Church, Rotherhithe –Oliver Cherer Band – 30/9/2014

Arctic Circle 5th Birthday – Union Chapel London with Oliver Cherer -  12th September 2014

H2O Festival - Finland – Improvised Electronic performance  - 19th July 2014

Dear Serge- Del La Warr Pavilion – Improvised Electronic performance  - 26th January 2014

The Map is not the Territory - Theatre Performance – 9-13th December 2013

Music Hackship – Stubnitz March 30th 2013 – Opera Performance

ENO Mini Operas 2012

Picked as one of the 10 composer finalists for this prestigious award.

Deer Girl Website 2012

Sound design for Meloni Poole’s forthcoming children’s book Deergirl. Composing short pieces and sound scapes for the

Website. www.deergirl.com

 

SOUND & VISUALS INSTALLATIONS

Dawn Chorus (Zeroh) –  Coastal Current Opening Event, St Mary in the Church, Hastings 29th August 2014

Departure Lounge –  Dear Serge- Del La Warr Pavilion  - 15th March 2014

Tohan Tales (The Diary Box Pt II – 7th November – 14th December 2013 – Noise and Whispers Exhibition

GV Art Gallery – London

Tohan Tales (The Diary Box Pt II) – 4th October 2013 Coastal Currents

Launch of Tohan Tales App 2013

Showing audio/visual installation Tohan Tales II as part of green:purple - Stade Hall Hastingsz

Tohan Tales (The Diary Box Pt 1) - 28th January – 3rd February 2013

Soundproof a week of explorative sonic art at The Forest, Edinburgh

Departure Lounge - 28th January – 3rd February 2013

Soundproof a week of explorative sonic art at The Forest, Edinburgh

Body House – 24th October 2012

Chelsea Theatre - Sacred (a season of contemporary performance) - Sound Architecture for performance by Shabnam Shabazi

Erasure - OCCUPY MY TIME GALLERY PRESENTS: ERASURE - AT DEPTFORD LAST FRIDAYS 29TH JUNE 2012
Erevos Aether -Pleiades

Sound design for Anomalous Visuals video installation for fashion label Erevos Aether new collection

Dave Pearson – Byzantium and Beyond Exhibition  - BERMONDSEY ART SPACE – 19th April – 13th May 2012

Sound Installation inspired by Yeats Poem Sailing To Byzantium

Walk On The Wild Side - Conny Dietzschold Gallery - Sydney Australia - 7 March - 30 April 2012

Collaborative video/sound work with duo Maslen & Mehra

Korlekie - Hologram Installation - London College Fashion February 2012

Sound design for Beatrice Newman’s MA Show

 

 

 

Secret Subterranean Show 9th – 11th December 2011 - Your War Installation.

CODA  - Audio-Visual Installation.  -  Architectural Association, London - 23/24 September 2011

Part of London Fashion Week September 2011 (Commissioned by up and coming British Fannie Schiavoni) Exquisite Corpse Exhibition

Quetsi Tek Film Installation - BAT Pack ll  -30 June - Sunday 10 July 2011 - Mile End Art Pavilion

Departure Lounge Installation - Connection Point – SE1 Project Space – Friday 24 June to Sunday 17 July 2011

Curated by Edward Lucie Smith and Max Presneill (Torrance Art Museum, LA) 

Walk On The Wild Side  - CONTACT International Festival Toronto 2011

Kew Gardens Summer Festival Sound Commission  - May – September 2011

Body House Version 1  - Spill Festival 24th April 2011  - (Performance sound piece with Shabnam Shabazi)

Rabbit Skin & Glue – Sound Piece  - Step Sequence Get Carter – 05 – 31 March 2011

As part of the Get Carter Anniversary celebrations Pixel Palace invited artists to submit an audio piece that are inspired by the film.

Rabbit Skin & Glue – Video and sound piece - Lightworks Grimsby - 2011

Lightworks is a one-night festival of film, sound and new media that takes place in Grimsby Minster every year.

Wet Sounds Tour 2011

Wet Sounds installs at swimming pools at 7 UK cities. An open to the public event featuring live music by Joel Cahen and including the deep listening gallery featuring new work by selected artists under the theme Reverse.

Erasure is Maslen & Mehras’ and Riz Maslens’ first collaborative work. The artists combine imagery and sound to create an experimental screen based work, which questions the aggressive transformation of areas of East London due to the upcoming Olympics. ERASURE has been screened at the following exhibitions and festivals - Olympic Visions  - Nunnery Gallery London 19th June 2009

VIDEOHOLICA INTERNATIONAL VIDEO ART FESTIVAL 2009, VARN 2nd EDITION - August 4-13, 2009

 

FILMOGRAPHY

Crime after Crime - 2011 (selected for Sundance) CRIME AFTER CRIME is the exclusive documentary film on the legal battle to free Debbie Peagler, a woman imprisoned for over a quarter century due to her connection to the murder of the man who abused her. She finds her only hope for freedom when two rookie attorneys with no background in criminal law step forward to take her case.

Urbanation  - Ident for ICONS series (2011)

Lift – Written and directed by Riz Maslen & Michael Wallace (2007)

Lap – Written and directed by Meloni Poole (Tartan Films), 2005.

Small Moves - a collection of short films written and directed by Oliver Marlowe,

Released on DVD November 2004

Seafood - written and directed by Robin Baker for Film Council Digital Shorts.  Released 2004 for distribution at International Film Festivals.

Vigilarie - directed by Riz Maslen and Kaffe Matthews, a film about surveillance shown as part of the Future Sonic Festival in Manchester 2001.

La Prochaine Fois - directed by Riz Maslen, shown at Leeds Film Festival 2000, Pompidou Centre, Paris 2000 and Sundance Film Festival 2002.

Murder in Paradise - documentary for Channel 4 broadcast early 2002.

Remote Control - Kohoutek documentary shown at various film events around London. 2001

Dish - written and directed by Meloni Poole, Film Four and Film Council. Shown at London Film Festival 2001 and competition at International Film Festivals.

 

DISCOGRAPHY

2014 Magnetic Fields Remix Blue You/ 69 Love Songs

2014 Oliver Cherer – Sir Oliffe Leigh  (Second Language)

2013 Future Sound of London – Walls of Thought

2012 Coterie Collective – Neck of the Woods – CD  (Recordings from the Field)

2011 Netoropic- “Equestrienne” – Remixes CD release (Architects and Heroes)

2011 Neotropic –“The Horse Trainer” – Carbon Logic - CYCLE #10 Digital LP Compilation

2011 Neotropic – “Equestrienne Remixes” Digital Version (Architects and Heroes)

2010 Neotropic – “Equestrienne” (CouncilFolk Recordings)

2008 Neotropic –“Whiter Rabbits” (CouncilFolk Recordings/Squids Eye)

2007 Neotropic –“Prestatyn EP”  (CouncilFolk Recordings/Net31)

2004 Neotropic -“White Rabbits” (Mush Records)

2002 Neotropic -“Sunflower Girl” (7” single) (Ntone)

2001 Neotropic -“La Prochaine Fois” (Audio visual LP/CD with full-length film) (Ntone)

“Inspirational A gamut of emotional, feeling music within, detailing love, hate, anger, hope and despair.” (Mixmag)

1999 Neotropic -“Ultra Freaky Orange” (Remix EP) (Ntone)

1998 Neotropic -“Mr Brubaker’s Strawberry Alarm Clock” (LP) (Ntone)

1997 Small Fish With Spine -“Ultimate Sushi” (LP) (Oxide)

1997 Small Fish With Spine -“The Hilltop”  (EP) (R&S)

1996 Neotropic -“15 Levels Of Magnification” (Remix EP) (Ntone)

1995 Neotropic -“15 Levels Of Magnification” (LP) (Ntone)“A talent to watch” (The Wire)

1995 Neotropic -“Neotropic” (EP) (Ntone)


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