Image: Cover of Oliver Coates’ album ‘Towards the blessed islands’, PRAH records
For TÖNE Festival, Oliver Coates will collaborate with Director, Dan Ayling, and cellists Rohan de Saram and Lucy Railton. Together they will present three solo pieces and a new trio in different locations across the Chatham Historic Docks.
About Oliver Coates
Oliver Coates plays the cello and works with electronics. He has played in chamber music setting with Oren Ambarchi, Jonny Greenwood, Steve Reich and has built an installation performance with field recordist Chris Watson. He has performed concertos with Britten Sinfonia, Aurora Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, London Contemporary Orchestra and the Neojiba Youth Orchestra of Bahia.
His position as an Artist in Residence at the Southbank Centre, London, has lead him to the forefront of curating and performing arts events which have built new audiences for live music. It culminated in him winning the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award 2011. Reflecting upon this he decided to explore principles of context and sound, working on a self-produced album – Towards the blessed islands – released on 12-inch vinyl as the first release for new imprint PRAH, part of Moshi Moshi records. The Wire magazine described the album as “an itinerant love letter to the instrument, an album of deep resonance and fleeting harmonics.” The Guardian reviewed it for having “subtly devastating results”, “like a message delivered over a sea wind.”