Phil Maguire and Anne La Berge have a musical partnership that includes ongoing musical and video collaborations including concerts and releases in both the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
Their work has been described as experimental within the electro-acoustic musical style. They play at volume levels much softer than mainstream electronic music and the acoustic instrument in their duo is an electronically processed flute. That’s Anne. They enjoy playing for relatively small audiences where the intimacy of detailed sonic textures and slow-moving soundscapes is shared by everyone in the room.
They received a grant from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs this summer to create a new online multimedia work, Site V. Building on their signature approach to detailed drones that colour the perception of time and place, Site V offers a fresh glance on the dialogues between humans, machines and energy.
Their works are named after cities. For Site V they were inspired to find a place in the English Channel where their home cities of London and Amsterdam meet. They sniffed around and discovered the Dutch wind turbine farm Borssele Wind Farm Site V innovation site. The site has experimental goals, including floating wind turbines stationed where the water depths are too great for fixed- foundations, marking a turning point in sustainability and a project designed to test advanced technologies.
Site V weaves an emotional narrative from data, concepts of wind turbines, and personal reflections on place, wrapped in the poetics of the Borssele Site V innovation site.
Made possible by support from: The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs IKLECTIK Volsap Foundation
This tour included composed music concerts where she performed works by Yannis Kyriakides, Sam Pluta and herself, improvisation concerts where she performed with colleagues from Urbana, Chicago andMilwaukee; and seminars and lectures where she spoke over her work with students and professionals.
Volsap was awarded a Performing Arts Fund NL travel grant to support Anne La Berge and David Dramm on their concert and lecture tour to Wellington and Auckland, New Zealand in September and October 2018.
They performed two programs in each city. One included works by Sam Pluta, Yannis Kyriakides and Volsap composers David Dramm and Anne La Berge. The other was a set of their duo songs composed in the last thirty-two years where they improvised with local musicians in the second set of the concerts.
They also taught private composition lessons, gave lectures on their work and lead presentation/discussions on Splendor Amsterdam.
Additional funding was granted for the Fermata Lecture and the Lunch Concert by the University of Auckland and the Victoria New Zealand School of Music for participation in the Aotearoa Festival in addition to lectures and teaching.