Kali Malone (US)
Period of residency: August 2021-January 2022
Kali Malone made the most of her residency to compose and rehearse in La Becque’s studio and on the organ at the Temple Saint-Théodule in La Tour-de-Peilz. These rehearsals led her to create a performance with Brooklyn-based French cellist, composer and sound artist Leila Bordreuil for the third edition of Modern Nature – A Tribute to Derek Jarman in September 2021.
After a performance at Cave 12 in Geneva for the IOM BLANCHE12 programme curated by American artist Stephen O’Malley (also resident in 2021-2022), Malone presented Does Spring Hide Its Joy, a piece for tuned sine-wave oscillators, featuring O’Malley on electric guitar and British artist Lucy Railton on cello, in November 2021 at Schauspielhaus in Zürich.
Following her residency and thanks to an initiative by Pavillon ADC in Geneva in March 2022, the American artist collaborated with O’Malley, Swiss choreographer Cindy van Acker and Cie Greffe on a sound and dance performance based on O’Malley’s composition Les Sphères. Reworked during a composition residency with Geneva-based percussion ensemble Eklekto (conducted by our jury member Alexandre Babel), the piece was performed at Pavillon ADC in a long chamber music format, featuring van Acker’s dancers, backed by Malone’s analogue feedback, O’Malley’s guitar and Eklekto’s metallic percussion.
Finally, the American organist offered a performance at the Saint-François church in Lausanne in August 2022 for the programme of events linked to the PARABOLES ulx-56834 exhibition by Swiss artist collective Fragment.in. The recordings of this concert are due to be released next year.
The works of American composer and sound artist Kali Malone (born in 1994) implement specific tuning systems in minimalist structures for pipe organs, choirs, chamber music ensembles and electroacoustic formats. Her compositions rely on rich harmonic textures, based on synthetic and acoustic instrumentation, repetitive movements and extended durations, emitting distinct emotional, dynamic and affective tones that bring out a surprising depth of focus. Currently based between Stockholm and Paris, Malone relocated to Stockholm in 2012 where she studied electroacoustic composition at The Royal College of Music and co-founded the record label and concert series XKatedral together with Maria W Horn.
1: Kali Malone, La Becque, photo Pierre-Yves Mingard
2-3: Kali Malone, La Becque, photo Stephen O'Malley
4-6: Kali Malone, Modern Nature, La Tour-de-Peilz Temple, 2022, photo Manon Briod
7-8: Kali Malone, Stephen O’Malley, Eklekto & Cie Greffe / Cindy Van Acker, Pavillon ADC, Geneva, 2022
9-10: Kali Malone, Église Saint-François, Lausanne, 2022