Please see the Gigs / Events page for forthcoming performances
Tina has been invited to join the wonderful Viridian Ensemble as a core member.
They are: ‘An ethereal blend of image, voice, cello, flute and double bass which re-imagines folkloric forms and tropes of femininity. Improvisation of both sound and image (digital & analogue) produce a dialogic blend of textural depths. Dissociative states, keening, and the supernatural inspirit the ensemble; each performance evokes utterances, nonsensical languages, and trans species forms of communication through collective rhythm, tone and resonance’.
Supported by the PRS Foundation, Viridian are playing a range of tour dates in Autumn / Winter 2019. See the Gigs / Events page for details.
Harpoon’s new album, Permission Fist, is now fully launched and available to buy, here.
We had a wonderful review of the album, featured in the Quietus: “There are a metric tonne of producers out there reshaping techno with scalpels and microscopes: Harpoon are doing it with lump hammers and hard hats. Intense/immense”. Read the full review here.
I performed with the wonderful Viridian for a show on Noods Radio – a Bokeh Versions takeover. The live show is now available to listen to online:
Harpoon’s new album, Permission Fist, is soon to be released via Aphelion Editions! We’re having a launch party on 16 May at the Trap in Bristol (under the Crown on All Saints Lane). See the Gigs / Events page for full details.
You can pre-order the album online now, here: https://aphelioneditions.bandcamp.com/album/permission-fist.
I made the artwork for the album – it’ll be available as both CD and cassette tape (along with digital download):
Tina played as a guest with the wonderful Viridian in October last year, and you can now listen to excerpts of that evening’s performance:
Edited mix of live session 26th Oct 2018 at Brunswick Club, Bristol.
Playing: Tina Hitchens – Flute, Jo Kelly – Double bass, Dali De St Paul – Vocals, Waterphone – Laura Phillips.
Sound Engineering- Alan from Ambersounds
Sound master mix – Bill Cargill
It has been a busy few months of gigs, but in time for the solstice, there’s a new Tisla song up:
Things have been a little quiet with gigs / events recently, but Tina is taking time to write music / explore improvisation projects. More activity is soon to follow!
In the meantime, Tina has released an EP of improvised music, performed on various flutes:
New Tisla songs are also up:
Halftone’s new record ‘ Live at Long Ashton Church’ is now available:
Improvising quartet Halftone have had a quieter year this year – members have been appearing all over the UK and beyond in many other guises. But, we’ve nearly finished our first record! Excited to be releasing it soon – watch this space…
Tina has formed a new band with Sam Francis and Steph Li, called Sue. There are double synths, double vocals and drums. First gig info here.
A new song – Harbour – written by Tina under the name of her solo recording project, Tisla
As part of the Future Perfect public art programme in Bristol, Tina has been asked to write songs for various community groups as part of Freya Gabie’s Grafted Chorus at Hengrove and Whitchurch Community Orchard. Tina is creating bespoke songs that the groups will come together to perform at this special summer event. Starting from The Orchard, each group will begin their own song as the previous one ends – a song grafted, like a fruit tree, onto the last. And so on, with performers branching out beyond Whitchurch Green. The final performance will be Saturday 1 July, 14:00.
A work in progress showing is taking place at Spike Island Arts Centre on Sunday 30th April, 14:00. Tina has composed a song based on writer Holly Corfield Carr’s ‘Hengrove Wassail’, and will be performed by four vocalists.
The improvising quartet Tina plays with – Halftone – have been recording! We spent some time at the beautiful All Saints Church in Long Ashton, Bristol. Further news to follow soon.
Tina has begun playing in a new group – Hokkett – with violinist Yvonna Magada and saxophonist Helen Papaioannou. Hokket play ‘skronky / wonky riffs, snippets of melodies and hints of harmonies, woven together through improvisation’. More information to follow!
Tina’s improvised drum machines duo with Aron Ward – Harpoon – have released a live recording. Recorded on Saturday, October 22nd 2016 at The Firefly for Suprise Attacks in Worcester.
Improvising quartet Tina is flautist with – Halftone – are appearing with the legendary Les Diaboliques – Scottish vocalist Maggie Nicols, French bassist Joëlle Léandre and Swiss pianist Irène Schweizer.
Since the late 1970s, Les Diaboliques have been at the Vanguard of feminist engagement with free improvisation. Schweizer and Nicols were members of the iconic Feminist Improvising Group (FIG) and performed with Léandre in the European Womens Improvising Group. They formed Les Diaboliques in 1990. Nicols, Léandre and Schweizer have collaborated with many of the leading figures in free improvisation including Pauline Oliveros, John Stevens, Evan Parker, Derek Bailey, Anthony Braxton and Phil Minton.
There is also a unique opportunity to hear the artists talk about the history of feminist free improvisation and its ongoing evolution as part of this event. This is free with the evening performance and more details can be found here.
20th November, Arnolfini, Narrow Quay, Bristol, 7:30pm, £14 / £12.50 concessions. Tickets.
Tina’s improvising duo with Aron Ward – Harpoon – has a new release available via Amicable Records.
You can also buy the lovely physical CD via Amicable’s Bandcamp site too.