I am an experimental singer, producer, composer and performer based in London.
My work focuses mostly on the voice. Coming from a classical singing background I have developed a particular interest in the voice and body; exploring this as a conceptual basis for composition and through an experimental approach to vocal writing and performance.
I studied Music at Goldsmiths University focusing on composition and creative research practice. In this time I created work in multiple areas including vocals, string quartet and electronics. This work was mostly performance-based and rooted in my conceptual interest in the writings of Mikhail Bakhtin and the body. I like to experiment with extended vocal technique and improvisation- expanding the use and treatment of the voice in both composition and live performance.
I also write and produce experimental pop music, self-producing as well as collaborating with other artists, musicians and producers. My most recent collaborative project "Pulvere" was released on the OndesMarines Records compilation album in September 2019 and was featured on Tom Ravenscroft’s show on BBC Radio 6.
As a vocalist I have provided both group and solo improvisation perspectives in multiple spaces, including with the London Improvisers Orchestra and in collaboration with visual artists at APT gallery.
In March 2019 I organized a collaborative event of new contemporary work from myself and two other musicians; Lila Tristram and Rose Ford, first performing my vocal piece Unmask me in the goldsmiths owned art space on 310 new cross road.
I currently practice and perform with the contemporary choir Musarc based in Aldgate East and am working on new experimental pop music as well as contemporary classical compositions, including a transcription of my piece Breathing for a choir arrangement. I am also preparing to start my Masters in Music Creative Practice at Goldsmiths in September.
kirstyfergusonlewis[at]gmail.com
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