A new music-text-film work for Ultima by David Toop, performed by Elaine Mitchener, is based around the scientific and artistic thought patterns of the quintessential ‘Renaissance Man’, Leonardo da Vinci. In conversation with Ultima Academy curator Heloisa Amaral, David Toop discusses the origins, inspirations and meanings behind this multilayered piece.
David Toop is a British writer, music critic, composer, improviser and currently holds the professor and chair of audio culture and improvisation at the London College of Communication. His books include Ocean of Sound, Haunted Weather and Sinister Resonance and he has written articles for The Wire, The Face, The Times and many others. He has released around 15 albums of his own music, solo or in collaboration with Paul Burwell, Max Eastley and Jeff Noon. His opera Star-shaped Biscuit was premiered at the Aldeburgh Festival in 2012.
With Elaine Mitchener/David Toop
15 September 2015, 9 pm Nasjonal jazzscene