Text by CLOT Magazine
Equivalentbehaviour is a professional and diverse space for makers, photographers, artists and musicians in the heart of North-East London within the hub of Tottenham’s Warehouse community. Working collaboratively on ideas that take form in workshops, installations, food and live performance, Equivalentbehaviour has the purpose to exercise curiosity.
For both Katrina Stamatopoulos and StorqueStudios, the two masterminds behind Equivalentbehaviour, their focus is to open up space to share ideas and knowledge. Their aim is to promote and sustain the maintenance of craft as practice. Produced in collaboration between Equivalentbehaviour and Ensemble Matters, from May 1 to 6, they present the 4/4 Residency, which welcomes British composer Ollie Hawker and American bassist Zoe Markle to develop a new composition at Equivalentbehaviour.
Focusing on solo bass with electronics, the duo emphasise simplicity and tenderness, exploring interference patterns between the lower registers of the bass and the harmonic pizzicato sounds of upper registers. Graduating with a Masters’s degree in Composition from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Ollie Hawker is a Glasgow-based composer and improviser interested in ideas of digital nostalgia and the internet as folk culture.
Zoe Markle is a creative and multifaceted bassist with an adventurous approach to music-making. She is also a founding member of the contemporary piano trio Else, if Else, a dynamic trio of musicians dedicated to exploring how music can be made with intention in and outside the concert hall.
The Residency will culminate in an open sharing event and Performance at Equivalentbehaviour on 6 May. A discussion between Owen from Ensemble Matters, Ollie, Zoe and Katrina Stamatopoulos will be held along with and presentation about the duo’s process and a performance of their new work. Special guests Oona Lowther and Alexander Papp from the Royal Academy of Music will open the event with a performance.