Kali Malone is an American composer and musician based in Stockholm, creating sonic monoliths that tug at the very material of listening. Via analog and digital synthesis – and within compositional frameworks that utilize unique tunings and psycho-acoustic phenomena – Malone’s dark minimalism maintains a certain gravity, even as the ground shifts. A recent string of albums explore the interplay within electroacoustic instrumentation: woodwinds with buchla 200 synthesiser, strings quartets with sine waves, and – most notably – the pipe organ close mic’d and spatialized.
Malone’s work has been presented at Berlin Atonal, Moogfest, Cafe Oto, and The Swedish Radio. She has been long term collaborators with Italian composer Caterina Barbieri under the moniker Upper Glossa, with Swedish composer and organist Ellen Arkbro, and is also in the noise project Sorrowing Christ. In addition to her music practice, Malone co-operates the record label and concert series XKatedral.
Leila Bordreuil is a Brooklyn-based cellist, composer and sound-artist from France. She accesses concepts as diverse as noise, contemporary classical, free jazz and experimental traditions, but adheres to none of them. Her music mixes deep melancholia with harsh noise-walls at ear-bleeding levels, and was described by The New York Times as “steadily scathing music, favoring long and corrosive atonalities”.
Bordreuil’s collaborative projects are notoriously numerous and diverse. She is also a dedicated improviser and “rising figure in New York’s improvised music scene” (The Chicago Reader), having performed with a wide variety of artists such as Marina Rosenfeld, Zeena Parkins, Toshimaru Nakamura, and Eli Keszler to name a few. In 2019, Bordreuil released “Headflush”, her debut solo LP on Catchwave LTD, along with collaborative releases with Joanna Mattrey and Sean Ali on Astral Spirits. 2020 releases include “Bird Meets Wire” with Susan Alcorn and Ingrid Laubrock on Relative Pitch, and “liil” with Julia Santoli on PTP.
Despite their transatlantic locations, Leila Bordreuil and Kali Malone have been working together in ensemble formats for the past 2 years. At Sound of Stockholm, they will be performing as a duo for the first time ever – Kali on electronics and modular synthesizer, Leila on cello and electronics. Using microtonal tunings and a multitude of amplifiers in a multichannel configuration to achieve rich textures and psychoacoustic effects, they created a new piece specifically for the festival, which they developed at EMS (Elektronmusikstudion) in Stockholm.
Date: 23 November (Saturday), 21:30
Location: Slaktkyrkan (Styckmästargatan 10, Stockholm)