British-Nigerian Composer Klein Makes Music Out Of Phone Recordings & Reality TV Sound Bites

Composer and playwright Klein’s distinct artistic vision has propelled her to become one of the UK’s most intriguing and uncategorisable producers and performers. Using chopped-up and warped mobile phone recordings of her own voice, piano, and guitar playing, day-to-day sounds, and samples from Nigerian B movies, Klein’s ruminating assemblages feel at times architectural in their…

Quasar Khanh: The Master Of Inflatable Design

Hailing from Hanoi, Vietnam, Quasar Khanh was born Nguyen Manh Khanh in 1934. When he married his wife, French fashion designer Emmanuelle, in 1957, Khanh decided to adopt the pseudonym Quasar, referring to a star that shines from millions of light years away. The latter half of the sixties saw the designer and engineer’s career…

The Long Overlooked Female Artist Who Made Everything From Fireplaces To Sandals

Born in 1925, artist Valentine Schlegel developed her extraordinarily diverse creative practice between Paris and Sète, a port city in southeastern France. Having mastered several techniques over decades, Schlegel prolifically produced her distinctively sculptural versions of everyday objects, including wooden serving utensils, ceramic vases, leather bags and sandals, and, perhaps most spectacularly, her undulating plaster…

Kelsey Lu: The Story Behind Pop’s Favourite Cellist

Los Angeles-based musician and recording artist Kelsey Lu, born Kelsey McJunkins, is perhaps best known for her unembellished cello and vocal sound, possessing a distinct eerie flair in it’s tonality. Lu was born and raised in North Carolina, where she lived for most of her young adult life. Her mother played the piano and her…

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