In the summer of 2017, Studio Voltaire will host French artist, performer and musician, Lætitia Sadier, for the gallery’s first music residency.
Sadier has invited the Coventry–based four-piece synth pop band Batsch to collaborate with her for the residency, during which they will undertake a period of intensive song-writing together within the gallery. Sadier is interested in how one might harness and capture a “quiet anger”, and will experiment with sound production and instrumentation, in tandem with lighting and the acoustics of Studio Voltaire’s vaulted gallery space to produce multi–sensory experiences. Sadier has described how music might be used to synesthetic effect, with sound-waves producing a tangible influence on the body’s energy centres.
Open rehearsals will take place throughout the residency, and a live closing performance of new material produced at Studio Voltaire will be held during the residency’s final weekend.
Laetitia Sadier (b. 1968, Vincennes, France) lives and works in London. With an artistic career spanning 25 years Sadier has written over 16 albums, and undertaken numerous experimental and collaborative multidisciplinary projects with groups including Blur, Luna, the High Llamas, Mouse on Mars and Tyler, the Creator.
In 1990 she formed Stereolab with Tim Gane, and the band received critical acclaim for albums such as Transient Random Noise Bursts with Announcements (1993); Mars Audiac Quintet (1995); and Emperor Tomato Ketchup (1996). She has collaborated with Rosie Cuckston under the name Monade since 1996, releasing the album, Socialisme ou Barbarie: The Bedroom Recordings, in 2003.
Sadier’s first solo album The Trip was released in 2010, with albums Silencio and Something Shines following in 2012 and 2014 respectively. The recently released project ‘Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble: Find Me Finding You’ includes contributions from long-time collaborators Emmanuel Mario and Xavi Munoz in addition to Batsch’s guitarist Mason le Long and Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor. ‘Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble’ is touring throughout the UK and internationally.