One Thousand Birds is a collaboration between artist Kathy Hinde and electro-acoustic composer Matthew Fairclough. They met whilst both working with virtuoso pianist Joanna MacGregor – Matthew on Sound Design and Kathy on Visuals. They regularly continue their collaboration with percussionist Joby Burgess as the trio Powerplant – a dynamic live show with percussion, electronics and visuals.
Here is a bit more information on Kathy and Matthew.
Kathy Hinde has created video and sound for theatre and live art performances alongside making installations and site specific work. Her approach combines different art forms frequently through collaborations with other practitioners and scientists. She is keen to share her creative process, and regularly makes artworks that rely on input from the audience. She has created a number of works combining kinetic sculpture with musical automata, plus online participatory art works. She is frequently inspired by the natural world, and much of her work explores our relationship to nature, mediated by various technological interventions.
Alongside working with Matthew, Kathy’s collaborators are many and include: Joanna MacGregor, Maja Ratkje, Joby Burgess, Gabriel Prokofiev, and recently composer Will Gregory of the duo Goldfrapp by creating video projections for Gregory’s new Opera “Piccard in Space” directed by Jude Kelly at the South Bank Centre, London.
Matthew Fairclough is a composer and sound designer, as well as being a senior lecturer on Music and Technology at the University of Liverpool. His main interest is in composing for instruments and live electronic processing, which he does regularly with a wide range of high profile performers including Joanna MacGregor, Joby Burgess, Britten Sinfonia, Ensemble 10/10 and many more. He has collaborated with Kathy Hinde for many years on a wide variety of multimedia performances: Most recently through Powerplant, a trio of Percussion, Live electronics and Live Video Art.