hcmf// shorts 2018: The Final Five

We are excited to announce the artists chosen to perform at hcmf// shorts 2018.

Selected from our open call for artists and ensembles, our final five will join the programme on Monday 19 November 2018, the festival’s full day of free events. Their projects represent a breadth of practices and ideas, including drone, experimental music and performance art. 

Each artist will receive professional mentoring as part of our hcmf// shorts initiative.  

Specimens is the London-based ambient/drone producer Alex Ives. His live show incorporates delicately arranged cassette loops, synth layers and field recordings. He has released works on labels such as Amsterdam’s Shimmering Moods & Leeds label A Giant Fern. Ives’ dreamy and abstracted music, as heard on recent release Sculptures, threads together different approaches to making ambient music, from repeated textures to shoegaze-laced distortion.

Ives also runs independent label First Terrace Records, who have released work by musicians including K. Leimer, Machinefabriek and Anna Homler. His output as a musician and curator is influenced by the pioneering tape music of William Basinski and Leyland Kirby, along with the dense drone and field recording work of Lawrence English.


Comprising of composer-improvisers playing percussion, violin, recorder, soprano and electronics, DriftEnsemble specialises in presenting experimental contemporary music. The collective integrates each individual’s specialist practice, including composition and interpretation, improvisation, live-electronic coding and musicological thinking.  Recent performances include works by G. Manca, K. Soper, M. Freed.

Clarice Rarity studied at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal College of Music. She has focused on performing the works of contemporary classical composers such as John Cage, Boulez, Michael Finissey, Hans Abrahamsen and Judith Weir, as well as some of the most exciting young composers in the UK, including Oliver Leith and Nick Morrish Rarity. Clarice’s performance highlights include performing with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group at Wigmore Hall and Birmingham Festival Hall, and working at Viitasaari New Music Festival with Ensemble Modern/IEMA in 2017.

Nathanael Gubler attended Royal College of Music in London where he studied composition with Dai Fujikura and Jonathan Cole. In 2017, he was selected by the Gaudeamus Festival to write a new piece for the Carillon in Utrecht, and was invited to showcase his music at the TMAO Festival in Bangkok and at the VIPA Festival in Valencia. He has recorded contemporary works for solo viola, including Brett Dean’s “Intimate Decisions” and Salvatore Sciarrino’s ‘Tre Notturni’. Nathanael is currently acting as Artistic Director for the Borough New Music 2019 Festival in London.

Sophie Fetokaki is an interdisciplinary artist, musician and researcher. She makes works that are located at the meeting point of concept and materiality, thought and body, art and life. She often uses familiar objects and practices as the basic materials of performance works, seeking to reframe habitual perceptions in an effort to elicit movement both in herself and in the public.

Fetokaki’s performance works have been shown in The Netherlands, the UK, France and Cyprus. Her work thrives at the intersection of medias, in crafting experimental performances that transcend genre and artistic authority – including her Duet for poet and audience. She authored the poetry manuscript epigraphē, which was longlisted for the Melita Hume Poetry Prize. As a singer, she has performed with Asko|Schönberg and the LA Philharmonic.


Kathryn Williams is a flautist based in Manchester. She has recently performed with House of Bedlam, Distractfold, Ensemble 360, Ensemble Voix Nouvelles, and contributed to courses for Aldeburgh Young Musicians and National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Kathryn’s solo project, coming up for air, commissions pieces limited to a single breath. www.kathryngwilliams.com

Kathryn has been working on the project Pixercise with Australian-Taiwanese composer Annie-Hui-Hsin Hsieh. Currently based in the US, her works have been performed by ensembles including Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra,  ELISION Ensemble, and Red Fish Blue Fish. Having recently completed her doctoral studies at University of San Diego, Annie is now Assistant Teaching Professor at Carnegie Mellon University.

http://www.kathryngwilliams.com | www.anniehuihsinhsieh.com