Cosy Nook ‘making with’ vol.2

With Els van Riel, Stevie Wishart and Maureen Wolloshin


The second Cosy Nook of 2023 is also dedicated to processes of collective creation and organisation, what Donna Haraway’s calls ‘Sympoiesis’.


Two improvised duos and a trio making with and re­sponding to place, 16mm film projection and live moving images from elsehwere in the house and garden.
Stevie and Els played together, hurdy-gurdy and projected light and were joined later by Maureen on oboe and gliss aglais. Stevie and Maureen met for the 2nd time since their first duo encounter at Wintersound Festival in Canterbury (Jan. 2023).

Els van Riel

With links to the tradition of structural film making, the work by the Brussels based film- and videomaker, Els van Riel, explores the basic elements for cinema – time and light – and develops a form for new aesthetic pleasure, bypassing any symbolism and narrativism. The mechanical image source becomes actively present as if it were a living object.” (L’ART MÊME, April 2009)

Stevie Wishart

is a composer and performer on the hurdy-gurdy and violin, based in Europe and the UK. Her current work is inspired by birdsong and nature and mainly involved in contemporary music. With roots in improvisation and medieval music she has recorded the music of Hildegard of Bingen with her ensemble Sinfonye as well from the repertoire of the medieval troubadours including reconstructing lost songs of the female trobairitz.

Maureen Wolloshin

is an improviser, researcher, composer and oboist involved with Canterbury Free range orchestra. Her composition explores the connection between graphic notation, touch, and sound. Her improvising extends the gestural and timbral range of the oboe and cor anglais. Henry Dagg has designed and made for her a new instrument–the gliss anglais in the context of her PhD research that presents free improvisation as a feminist practice.

Cosy Nook

(since 2016) a small cove in South London, where we occasionally come together to play, listen to and share words, sounds and other gems, polished or unpolished. (Named after a small rocky bay littered with gem stones smoothed by the fierce tidal waters of New Zealand South Island).