Mariam Rezaei will begin a composer residency at the Lit and Phil Library in May 2014. The first of its kind at the library, it will allow her to focus and research her new commissions with its unique and outstanding local resources.
‘The library’s collections is an individual and rich resource of local and international artefacts in the North East, crossing Art forms and subjects integral to the interdisciplinary nature of my practice. The building’s unique architecture has unexplored sonorities that this residency will allow me to develop with the time and integrity that it deserves.’
As part of the residency, Mariam will work with local musicians and invite three artists, experimental harpist Rhodri Davies, Glaswegian composer Neil Davidson and Norwegian Double Bassist Michael Duch for short term residencies to develop new works with her.
The residency at the Lit and Phil will engage with established and new audiences from across the North East. Mariam will open up her research throughout her residency in open participatory workshops, a ‘Composer In Residence’ blog and performances throughout the library spaces.