Fuelled by the the explosion of independent artistic activity created by the pandemic, and having collaborated on Vol. 1 of Stephanie’s Unaccompanied: Tiny Works for Quarantine, soprano Stephanie Lamprea and bassist James Banner have since developed an understanding of musical priorities characterised by committed and fearless performance and their shared interests in working collaboratively with new artists in interdisciplinary and DIY projects, which seek to push and challenge their own artistic approaches whilst creating socio-politically engaged work. Both are experienced improvisors and have presented solo and ensemble works widely across the US and EU with established composers, festivals and curators working within and beyond contemporary classical, avant-garde, jazz and improvised music, everywhere from grassroots independent venues to concert halls.
The 2021/22 season will see Stephanie and James work together on TEXTS, which has commissioned 6 writers to create new texts for the duo, featuring guest improvisers from New York and Berlin, premiere new works by Scottish/Scotland-based composers at soundfestival (Aberdeen) as well as continuing to develop and document new works from UK-based composers.
24.10.2021. – soundfestival Aberdeen – 11am, Aberdeen Art Gallery (solo and duo works by Sonia Allori, Georgina MacDonell Finlayson, Ben Lunn, Kevin Leomo, Aileen Sweeney, Emily Doolittle, Rylan Gleave, Ailie Robertson)