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AWARDS & GRANTS



Berlin Music Board project fund 2020

First price ‘Les Octaves de la musique - category electronic music 2019

Best music video at Berlin Independent Film festival 2019

Best experimental video at Berlin Music Video Awards 2018

Vimeo staff pick 2018

Associated artist at Beursschouwburg Brussels from 2017 to 2019

Development grant from flanders, state of the art (BE) 2018

Project grant from flanders, state of the art (BE) 2017

Development grant from flanders, state of the art (BE) 2016

Transportation grant - Wallonia (BE) 2016

EU - Youth in Action program (FR) 2011

Prodij, Lyon (FR) 2011

Région Rhone Alpes (FR) 2011




RELEASES



SF02 STATES OF FUGUE (LP) SFX 2020

SF01 RMX STRING FIGURES REMIXES EP) SVS RECORDS 2018

SF01 STRING FIGURES (LP) SVS RECORDS   2018

IRIZAJN (TAPE) SELF-RELEASE 2014




COLLABORATIONS / SINGLES / COMPILATIONS



Remix L. Twills 2020

ER001 EUPHONIC RYTHMS 2020

LAVALAVA RECORDS 2020

SONIC RESISTANCE W/ ROJAVA ORAMICS, KASHEV TAPES 2020

PLAFOND 5 (collab EP w/ RUPERT CLERVEAUX) BAKK, PLAFOND SERIES 2019

CONTAGIOUS REMIX (LP) MORPHINE 2019

CHRISTINA VANTZOU N4 REMIX KRANKY 2019

WEAPONIZE YOUR SOUND (LP) OPTIMO 2019

LI$016 (tape) LOW INCOME SQUAD 2019

ROJAVA (solidarity /digital release) Female:Pressure 2016




MIXES



FACTmix, Eotrax, NTS, Noods, Rinse fm, C-, The Lot radio, Red light radio, The Word, Kiosk, Cashmere radio, Dublab



SOUND DESIGN



FUTURECORE 2000, all beats are beautiful, - performance by choreographer Gloria Hockner 2019

WITHIN  - installation by Tarek Atoui at Kunstenfestivaldesarts
VOX - piece by choreographer David Hernandez, scenography by Zdravka Kirigin 2019

In Dreams for Klara radio BE  - Rework of Dion Mc Gregor’s dreamworld 2018

AZ - performance by choreographer Aki Iwamoto 2018




CREATIVE DIRECTION / CURATION



XquisiteForce.collection/01 - Compilation in support of the people of Beirut 2020

XquisiteForce.AV - collaborative audiovisual project 2020

SFX hybrid label, platform and community  2020

String Figures festival - 2018 at Beursschouwburg Brussels Belgium

LAMF - 2013 european experimental artistic laboratory in Lyon France




RESIDENCIES



PALACE Poland - 2020

LYL RADIO - 2020

NOODS RADIO - 2020

RED BULL STUDIOS Berlin, DE 2019

RED BULL STUDIOS Amsterdam, NL 2019

SVS RESIDENCY Lisboa, PT 2018

RMC Copenhagen, DK 2018

BEURSSCHOUWBURG Brussels, BE 2018

ELEKTRON MUSIK STUDION Stockholm, SE 2017

BEURSSCHOUWBURG Brussels, BE 2017

WORKSPACEBRUSSELS Brussels, BE 2016

RAINFOREST - STUK Leuven, BE   2016

STUDIO DES VARIETES Brussels, BE 2016

MUSICMAKERS HACKLAB - STUK Leuven, BE 2016

REITIR Siglugjördur, IS 2016





SELECTED PERFORMANCES



MUTABOR Moscow, RU 2019

KAIKU Helsinki, FI 2019

CONCRETE Paris, FR 2019

Institut für Zukunft Dresden, DE 2019

Üle Heli Festival Tallinn, EST 2019

Concrete Paris, FR 2019

Uncloud Ultrecht, NL 2019

Kaiku Helsinki, FI 2019

ROOM 4 RESISTANCE Berlin, DE 2019

CWB Paris, FR 2019

BRDCST Brussels, BE 2019

Palace St Gallen, CH 2019

ZVUK Алматы, KZ 2019

Freerotation festival UK 2019

BOILER ROOM Berlin, DE 2018

MEAKUSMA FESTIVAL Eupen, BE 2018

DE SCHOOL Amsterdam, NL 2018

SPLICE FESTIVAL London, UK 2018

H0L0 New York, US 2018

BEURSSCHOUWBURG Brussels, BE 2017

DUBLAB Los Angeles, US 2017

DOME OF VISIONS Aarhus, DK 2016

NOTTINGHAM CONTEMPORARY Nottingham, UK 2016

MATCH & FUSE FESTIVAL London, UK 2016

SCHIEV FESTIVAL Brussels, BE 2016

LES NUITS BOTANIQUE Brussels, BE 2016

ARKAODA Istanbul, TK 2016

LEFTORIUM Brussels, BE 2015

MENGI Reykjavik, I 2015



PRESS



CDM The producer’s the one dancing, in new video for Zoë Mc Pherson

Fullmoon 

FACT signal Path : Zoë Mc Pherson on mangling sound and multimedia collaboration



FACT Zoë Mc Pherson ‘dances herself out’ in Alessandra Leone-directed video for ‘Tenace’

TAZ Revival der Breakbeats

FACT mix Believe us when we say this is one you’ll want to play loud.

Bandcamp best of February 2020 by Joe Muggs
“Each of these jams, whether they flutter delicately or thunder with kickdrums, sounds like ritual music from some post-human society”

Hyponik by Esme Bennett
“Adventurous and elusive, the album is a comprehensive dive into ‘electro-naturalism’, manipulating her own vocal work as an instrument for glitch-rife glossy soundscapes. The result is a rousing body of hybrid techno-artistry for a multiplex of listening.”

Bizaar Bazaar

Gin & Platonic

DJmag Zoë Mc Pherson’s latest body of work — to be released this February — is testament to her evolving as an artist in every sense of the word.
‘States of Fugue’ displays her innate talent for melding experimental sounds with the principles of dance music

CXEMA live recording and interview by Tanya Voytko
“We were very lucky and experienced freedom. For sure, this kind of crossmedia connection is obviously present in my work.”

Boiler room by Paul Hanford - “Live tonight, Zoe and Alessandra’s multidisciplinary methods are an alchemy of old practices finding new technologies. I watch as string figures loop across the vertical phone-shaped screen that are then curiously mirrored in the raised phones of captivated guests: recording, looping and relaying their own experience.

Larsen magazine

Nowness by M. Hansen - “Traditional Inuit culture meets techno-futurism in this beguiling audio-visual explosion”

Trax mag by Jean Paul Deniaud - Qui est zoë mc pherson, la surdouée qui transforme le son de la nature en polyphonie électronique ?

Subbacultcha The Best of Belgium - “With String Figures the interdisciplinary artist from Brussels succeeded in creating a perfect blend of richly layered textures of noise, traditional and club music. This could be a new treasure if you’re into Holly Herndon, Lucrecia Dalt and Lotic”

The Wire by Tristan Bath  - “String Figures manages to remain as challenging as it is danceable, and Mc Pherson’s electroacoustic blend packs and energetic physical punch.”

Mixmag by Thomas H Green - “With String Figures, Zoë Mc Pherson proves she’s at contemporary music’s vanguard, it’s one of the year’s most intriguing LPs, exploring the area where tribalistic rhythms meet electronica.”

Electronic Sound by JB  “Barring a few examples, most tracks on the project veer from the four/four with polyrhythms taking centre stage, giving the album a looser, tripper feel. « Inoui (and free) », probably the best of the lot, tempers with rhythm almost at a whim, you have to hear the beat-switch around the three minute-mark to believe it. Buy on sight and without though.”

XLR8 “String Figures, exploring the disappearance of cultures as they clash with Westernism and virtual spaces. Bringing in a range of equipment including hardware electronics, throat singing, live instrumentation, and a huge range of ethnographic samples, she uses the idea of "String Figures" (an early means of communication) as a metaphor for this clashing of worlds.”


Bleep “Dense layers of electronic noise, processed recordings of inuit throat singing and rhythmic persistence come together on this fantastic new LP from sound artist Zoe McPherson.”

A Closer Listen by Richard Allen - “The music feels vibrant and alive: not a homogenization of influences but a collection of disparate sounds; not a melting pot, but an expression of diversity.[...]  By giving the Inuit expression (not simply using them as a sound source, but as a continuing thread), she underlines their value.  You are important to me, she says.  I hear you.[...] She echoes the teaching of Chief Seattle, drawing nature and beast together as one.  By integrating international sounds, she suggests the possibility of new tribes, new alliances.  While this does not seem to be the direction in which governments are headed, it does seem to be the direction in which artists are headed, testifying to the power of art as social force. The forward-thinking direction of this music suggests the possibility of forward-thinking politics.”

Booooooom“Leone translates Mc Pherson’s sonic mediations into elaborately choreographed gestures both beautiful and haunting. As Leone describes it, the film captures the dialogue not just between fingers and hands but between bodies, the “continuous weaving” and “patterning of possible worlds and possible times.” Only here: “Zoë is narrator/instigator, conducting carefully orchestrated rituals as a way of thoroughly exploring the relational ties within the concept. The dancers speak their physical language by expanding contracting and interweaving within the string loop.”

Tiny Mixtapes by Mike Pursley

The Tung - interview

Bizaar Bazaar - interview

Trax Magazine - interview by Jean Paul Deniaud

Musicmap Global - interview by Kier Wiater

Chain DLK - interview by Vito Camarretta

The Arts Desk vinyl of the month by Thomas H Green
“For anyone who wishes to hear one of the year’s most fascinating, invigorating vanguard records, it’s a one stop shop.“

Freq by David Solomons
“With String Figures, Mc Pherson has produced a pulsing, undulating serpent of an album. It is a wonderful piece of work, both emic and etic, and prodigiously rewarding in both. Assemble a field kit and make your way through it as soon as you can.”

Chain DLK by Vito Camarretta

«Escape Velocity» interview on The Quietus by Tristan Bath

Dublab Radio LA interview by Jasmin Blasco
The Word magazine interview & mixtape
Gonzo Circus interview by Seb Basleer
The Electronic North by Mark Buckley
Chain DLK by Stuart Bruce
Sentireascoltare by Nicolò Arpinati
Ondarock by Giuliano Delli Paoli
Nowamuzyka by Łukasz Komła
Silence and Sound by Roland Torres
Vinyl frontier RBMA
Radio Student by JAŠA BUŽINEL
Neural
Groove
Wired
Kaltblut String Figures
Kaltblut Tenace
Resonance Extra