Gregor Riddell – ‘cello, electronics
Adam Teixeira – drums, percussion
London/Oslo-based duo BirdWorld is a musical partnership between Gregor Riddell and Adam Teixeira. The duo first met during respective Banff Centre for the Arts Creative Residencies where they began improvising together and exploring the abundant field recordings they had collectively gathered.
In combination with an acoustic set up of ‘cello, drum set, kalimbas and percussion, the electronic manipulation of their field recordings forms an integral part of their music with an interplay between the mechanical, industrial and urban alongside sounds in nature. Weaving between ambient electronic, contemporary classical, folkloric music and improvisation, the duo creates a musical language that is both natural and otherworldly, as if heard from the perspective of non-human ears, hence their name.
Since Adam immigrated to the UK in 2014, the duo has gone on to perform across Europe with highlights including a Union Chapel concert filmed and recorded by NTS Radio, an electronic film score commissioned by London Contemporary Orchestra and collaborating with Sanskriti Shrestha, Streifenjunko, Harpreet Bansal, James Kitchman and Alex Stuart among others. Birdworld’s track ‘After Rain’ was included in the August ’18 edition of The Wire Tapper and in October performed at LSO St Luke’s ‘Open Ear’ series live recorded by BBC Radio 3.
On the 2019 autumn Equinox, BirdWorld released their debut album UNDA on Focused Silence to critical acclaim.
They will release a rework album based on material from UNDA on the same label in early 2021 featuring 10 renowned artists from a wide pool of genres including Qasim Naqvi (US), Olefonken (NO), Fran + Flora (UK), Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch (FR/UK) and Robert Ames (UK). They will also release a second original album conceived during their respective lockdown experiences in the UK and Norway taking their sound and creativity in a whole new direction.
“…cello and percussion tussle and tiff, coil together sinuously, coalesce in a chugging groove, or, enhanced with electronics, grow ethereal.” (Julian Cowley, Wire Magazine, reviewing UNDA)
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