25/9 – BLUMENHOF, w/ MICHAEL LAHNER
[SHELTER PRESS, UMOR REX / FR]
Félicia Atkinson is a French composer and visual artist. After recording serveral records under the Je Suis Le Petit Chevalier moniker, she has been releasing music under her own name since 2013. Having moved to the French Alps for two years she recorded her highly acclaimed album “A Readymade Ceremony” and the material for her collaborative album with NY-based musician Jefre Cantu-Ledesma.
With those two albums, she reached a milestone in her musical research, defining the seminal elements of her composition tools: concrete music, asmr voices, minimal electronics, field recordings, improvisation with guitar and piano, abstract distortions and infra basses, always held by a strong sense of musical harmony.
Her latest release, “Hand in Hand”, is easily her most ambitious to date. It sees Atkinson foreground her voice, whilst limiting other instrumental elements to an almost austere minimum, thus creating space – somewhat reminiscent of dub music – for her lyrical experiments to assume a rare presence and materiality.
Her works deals mostly with the topics of improvisation, fiction, instant composition, noise, abstraction and poetry. Her paintings, drawings, sculpture, texts, installations, performances, and musical compositions are mostly abstract and are fed by multiples expeditions to many places such as Rio de Janeiro, Brittany and most often the American West, where she collect sounds, objects, materials and other diverse materials to her visual and sound works.