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Earth Din is a performance and installation stemming from recordings of earth activity picked up in Bristol University via and seismometer. These sounds originated from Indonesia (7,595 mile distance) Greece (1,765 miles distance) Fiji (9,959 miles distance), travelling underground and picked up through the stone of the Wills Tower at Bristol University with the help of Dr Ophelia George. Also electrical currents, naturally occurring sferics picked up by radio receiver and plucked from the ionosphere 30 miles above the north coast of Svalbard, Norway. 

This intimate installation space will be activated by two performances during the festival, with Shirley Pegna joined by leading contemporary musicians Angharad Davies and Dominic Lash. The trio’s improvised sound, bass violin and cello, will interact with the field recordings, leading us through the planetary sound scape.


Performances: Shirley Pegna, Angharad Davies and Dominic Lash

Saturday 7 May

4.00pm and 6.15pm


Duration: 25 minutes


Installation created with Sony Lee Lightfoot 

Technical adviser Matthew Olden

Artwork by Louie Pegna


Angharad Davies

Angharad Davies is a Welsh violinist based in London working with free-improvisation, compositions and performance. Her approach to sound involves attentive listening and exploring beyond the sonic confines of her instrument, her classical training and performance expectation. Much of her work involves collaboration. She has long standing duos with Tisha Mukarji, Dominic Lash and Lina Lapelyte and plays with Common Objects, Cranc and Skogen. She has been involved in projects with Tarek Atui, Tony Conrad, Richard Dawson, Gwenno, Roberta Jean, Jack McNamara, Rie Nakajima, Tim Parkinson, Eliane Radigue, Georgia Ruth and J.G.Thirlwell. She has released records on Another Timbre, Absinth Records, Confrontrecords, Emanem, Potlatch and winds measure recordings. Her first orchestral piece was commissioned by LCMF in 2019 and her most recent solo album ‘gwneud a gwneud eto | do and do again’ was released in Nov 2021 by all that dust label. 


Dominic Lash

Dominic Lash is an improviser and composer. After being based in Bristol for ten years – during which time he collaborated often with the likes of Seth Cooke, Matthew Grigg, Tim Hill, Tina Hitchens, Yvonna Magda, and James Saunders – he has recently relocated to Cambridge. A partial list of musicians he has worked with includes Antoine Beuger, Tony Conrad, Phil Durrant, Jürg Frey, Elizabeth Harnik, James Ilgenfritz, Charlotte Keeffe, Paul Lytton, Joe Morris, Evan Parker, Éliane Radigue, Mark Sanders, Roger Turner, Fay Victor, and Alex Ward.


Shirley Pegna

Shirley Pegna is a sound artist, musician and composer interested in sound as a material. Her practice encompasses both long distance and very close up realms of sound found in our environment.