May 18, 2024 
7 pm (doors), 7:30 pm (performance)

Lucy Railton with Jay Campbell


Lucy Railton and Jay Campbell, both cellists dedicated to tuning practices and new music composition, will collaboratively probe Catherine Lamb’s Additive Arrow (2021), originally composed for Campbell and Conrad Tao. The pair will re-examine their respective intimate knowledge of Lamb’s work, revoicing combinations of frequencies and exploring the piece’s immense psychoacoustic potential. 

Lucy Railton is a British cellist, composer, and curator whose work has often pushed the edges of electroacoustic composition, employing a deep consideration for the physicality of sound. This performance is a part of a residency at Blank Forms, in which Railton will develop, refine, and premiere new works. Other events include a new iteration of her “Laments” series at 5 pm, and a solo set as part of Blank Forms's Eighth Anniversary party

Lucy Railton is a British cellist and composer whose work bridges experimental electronic and electroacoustic practices with the conventions of new music. As a composer-performer, her work often employs a deep consideration of sound and its properties, implementing an array of sound sources—cello and antiquated string instruments, analog and digital synthesizers, drum machines and voice—and explores alternate tuning systems, psychoacoustic phenomena, and timbral control. She has performed in a variety of contexts since graduating from the Royal Academy of Music in 2008: composed for installations at the Tate Modern and the ICA, collaborated with electronic producers Peter Zinovieff and Beatrice Dillon, interpreted solo and chamber music works by Morton Feldman, Iannis Xenakis, and Catherine Lamb, and appeared on recordings by Ellen Arkbro, Laurel Halo, and many others. She currently performs with Soundwalk Collective and Patti Smith, and Stephen O’Malley and Kali Malone.

Catherine Lamb is an active composer exploring the interaction of tone, summations of shapes and shadows, phenomenological expansions, states between outside and inside, empathy, and the long introduction form. She currently resides in Berlin where she composes, teaches, and collaborates within the community (including the co-initiated Harmonic Space Orchestra).

Jay Campbell is a cellist actively exploring a wide range of creative music. He has been recognized for approaching both old and new music with the same curiosity and commitment, and his performances have been called “electrifying” by the New York Times and “gentle, poignant, and deeply moving” by the Washington Post. Jay’s primary artistic interest is the collaboration with living creative musicians and has worked in this capacity with Catherine Lamb, John Luther Adams, Marcos Balter, Tyshawn Sorey, and many others. His close association with John Zorn resulted in two discs of new works for cello, Hen to Pan (2015) and Azoth (2020). Deeply committed as a chamber musician, he is the cellist of the JACK Quartet as well as the Junction Trio with violinist Stefan Jackiw and pianist Conrad Tao, and multidisciplinary collective AMOC.