On 23rd July, Shiva Feshareki will be performing as a solo turntablist in the world premiere of ‘Still Point’ in the late-night “Pioneers of Sound” Prom - a highly innovative piece by Daphne Oram that Shiva has completed with her collaborator James Bulley.
Based on recently discovered archive material, Shiva will be developing Oram’s inspiring work using her detailed handwritten instructions. ‘Still Point’ was written in 1949 for double orchestra, treated instrumental recordings and 5 microphones, and reflected Oram’s experience working under the glass dome of the Royal Albert Hall as bombs fell over London during WW2. It pre-empted many ground-breaking concepts and is one of the first examples of live electronics with instrumental composition.
Shiva’s imaginative realisation of the work featuring turntables will explore its use of space, acoustic and technology, and techniques that although would have seemed inconceivable at the time of its composition, fully respect Oram’s ground-breaking work. It was never performed during the composer’s lifetime, but the rediscovery of her handwritten manuscript has meant the piece has been brought to fruition.
To hear more about Shiva’s upcoming performance, you can listen here to her Pioneers of Sound special on her monthly NTS show – New Forms - focussing on the original research on ‘Still Point’.
You can also listen to her interview on BBC Radio 6 Music here, and she will appear on Radio 4 Women’s Hour on the day of the Prom.
For more information on Prom 13, visit the BBC website here.