Viridian Ensemble


Viridian Ensemble are an ethereal blend of image and noise, which re-imagines folkloric forms and tropes of femininity. Improvisation of both sound and image (digital & analogue) produce a dialogic blend of textural depths. Dissociative states, keening, and the supernatural inspirit the ensemble. Each performance evokes utterances, nonsensical languages, and trans-species forms of communication through collective rhythm, tone, and resonance. Inspired by the vanguards of feminist free improvisation such as Les Diaboliques & Feminist Improv Group, as well as 16mm expanded film, Viridian is open to differing and divergent levels of musicianship, including those who have not improvised before. A mix of differing abilities and visual media gives rise to a polyphonic performance of serendipitous enchantments.

In its current iteration Viridian Ensemble is a performance by Dali De Saint Paul (Vocal), Tina Hitchen (flute), Caitlin Alais Callahan (double bass), Esme Betamax (percussion) and Laura Phillips (16mm films & sound responsive digital projections, waterphone). This cohort encourage and invite new collaborators to perform with them some of which have included: Shirley Pegna (cello), Ellen Southern (vocals), Jo Kelly (Double Base), guest (visuals & synth), Orryx (vocals & guitar), Sarah James (visuals), Liz Muir (cello).

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