| Social Virtuosity with Maggie Nicols & Maureen Wolloshin

With Maggie Nicols (voice) – patternbook (Heledd Francis-Wright (flutes), Frances Knight (keyboard accordion, piano), Nadia Tewfik-Bailey (violin), Maureen Wolloshin (oboes, gliss anglais) – Emmanuelle Waeckerlé (voice)


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Social virtuosity, a term coined by legendary vocalist and founder of FIG (Feminist Improvising Group) Maggie Nicols to denote the capacity for effective interpersonal interaction through music making, is what we are focusing on for the three concerts of this 5th season curated by Emmanuelle Waeckerlé.

For this concert Maggie Nicols is joined by composer and oboe player Maureen Wolloshin, a PhD researcher at UCA working on a feminist investigation into the agency of gender and instrument in British Free Improvisation, and whose findings have inspired the theme and curation of the three concerts of 2023.

The works chosen for this programme explore feminist approaches to individual vs collective agency between soloist and ensemble, and to sonic intimacy in notated/text compositions and free improvisation.


A (Maureen Wolloshin, 2021)
Spider ballet (Frances Knight, 2021)
What is left if we aren’t the world (Emmanuelle Waeckerlé, 2022)
with Maggie Nicols and patternbook

Sketches (Maggie Nicols, 1970’s)
with Maggie Nicols, patternbook and Emmanuelle Waeckerlé

Followed by a discussion led by Emmanuelle Waeckerlé

This is the 13th iteration of the concerts series after Social Virtuosity with Eva-Maria Houben (Feb 2023), Concept ventriloquy | Cage, Ellis, Oliveros, Reage (May 2022), Space ventriloquy |  Mike McEvoy, Plangency, Sea of Cables (March 2022), Seamus Cater & Alexander J. Ellis (February 2022), Parkinson Saunders (May 2021), Voice & Electronics with Sadd, Moore, Waeckerlé and Ziv (April 2021), Greg Caffrey (IE, March 2021), Marie Cécile Reber (CH, Feb 2020), Gildas Quartet (UK, Oct 2019), Marcus Kaiser (DE, May 2019), Stefan Thut (CH, April 2019), Jessica Aslan and Emma Lloyd (UK, March 2019). concert series

a collaboration with Harry Whalley, (bookRoom and the Audio Research Cluster at UCA Farnham,) around their common research in extended, textual, visual, gestural and object scores and ways to integrate or experience technology in text / music / film / performances. The project is supported by UCA research fund.