The Shunyata Improvisation Group
The Shunyata Improvisation Group playing violin, cello, guitar, percussion and voice, create an extraordinary style of music; intimate, distinct, quiet, acoustic, entirely composed in the moment. Each of our concerts provides an immersive meditative experience. Inspired by Zen approaches to art, emphasising spaciousness, the group explores both textural and melodic forms of improvisation.
The group have released three albums, featured on the seminal Tusk Editions compilation album series, performed in music venues, sacred spaces, art galleries and at the Newcastle Late Shows 2022, Tusk and Durham Jazz festivals. The group have been broadcasted on Radio 3, Tusk TV and Panic Radio France.
Catherine Dee’s drawing and wider art practice broadly concerns ‘Life among trees’ in relation to contemporary landscape architecture, forests, climate, ecology and social justice. Catherine works with drawing experimentally for exhibition and as a means to illustrate and evolve landscape architectural concepts published in book form.
Catherine’s work has been strongly influenced by (‘traditional’) Japanese aesthetics/practices and their influence in contemporary art theory. Catherine’s Buddhist practice is in the Soto Zen tradition and influences every aspect of her practice but not (yet) overtly.
Key exhibitions, installations and workshops include: Swedish Agricultural University SLU (2008) Installations, University of California Berkeley CEED Gallery, Grove Drawing Installations (2014), Kyoto School of Art, Japan, Drawing Workshop (2016), and Arts Council funded Making Ways: ‘Parliament of Trees’ Installation Exhibition at Yorkshire Arts Space Persistence Works, Sheffield (2018). ‘Oxeltid’ Drawing installations at Konstkiosk#4, Trelleborg, Sweden (2021)
Alex Reed’s poetry has been published in various print and on-line magazines. His pamphlets A Career in Accompaniment and These Nights at Home (with accompanying images by Keren Banning) were published by V. Press and explore themes of illness, care-giving and loss.
His recent collection knots, tangles, fankles (V.Press, 2022) is a re-imagining of the work of radical psychiatrists R.D. Laing & A. Esterson on family life and ‘schizophrenia’. His Buddhist practice is in the Soto Zen tradition