• Residency
  • London
  • 2022

Elaine Mitchener and Kerry Yong in Residence

The Otolith Collective residency programme offers artists, musicians, writers and performers the opportunity to develop and broaden their practice and research within the context of the Otolith Library and the Otolith national and international network.

This three month programme provided Elaine Mitchener and Kerry Yong with the resources and context to meditate upon compositions and the life of the Avantgarde African American composer and performer Julius Eastman. Looking at his performances and scores in detail, the residents created a series of recordings as a project in development.

Elaine Mitchener. Photo Credit D Djuric
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Elaine Mitchener is a British Afro-Caribbean vocalist, movement artist and composer working between contemporary/experimental new music, free improvisation and visual art.

She is currently a Wigmore Hall Associate Artist; was a DAAD Artist-in-Berlin Fellow (2022) and was an exhibiting artist in the British Art Show 9 (2021-22). Elaine is founder of the collective electroacoustic unit The Rolling Calf (with Jason Yarde and Neil Charles).

Her regular collaborators include: composers George E Lewis, Jennifer Walshe, and Tansy Davies; visual artists Sonia Boyce, Christian Marclay and The Otolith Group; chamber ensembles Apartment House, London Sinfonietta, Ensemble MAM, Ensemble Klang, and Klangforum Wien; choreographer Dam van Huynh’s company; and experimental musicians such as Moor Mother, Loré Lixenberg, Saul Williams, Pat Thomas and David Toop.

Recent performances include: Donaueschinger Musiktage, MaerzMusik, Baremboim-Said Akademie, Cafe Oto, Konzerthaus Wien, Radialsystem V, Centre Pompidou, Muziekgebouw, Darmstadt, ICA London, London Contemporary Music Festival, Korzo Theater, Royal Opera House, Barbican, November Music, Savvy Contemporary, Sons d’Hiver, Haus der Berliner Festspiele.

Kerry Yong is a performer, composer, arranger and editor based in east London.

He studied piano at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Royal College of Music, where he completed a DMus.

He specialises in new music, performing on piano, keyboards and electronics, in groups such as Plus Minus Ensemble and Apartment House. Both groups frequently commission new work by leading experimental composers and sound artists (including Laurence Crane, Bernhard Lang, Christian Marclay, Tom Phillips, Jennifer Walshe and Christian Wolff), regularly appearing internationally on radio and at festivals.

His compositions span diverse idioms, including re-atomised pop songs, religious choral music, graphic and text scores and sound installations, and sound design for theatre.