Presenting a headline set by Kazakh-British composer, violinist and London Contemporary Orchestra leader Galya Bisengalieva, whose vast sonic environments and unyielding drones weave across genres like folk, ambient, classical and electronic music. She made her first two records EP ONE and TWO on her own NOMAD Music Productions, a label she founded to champion experimental sounds.
In September 2020 she released her debut album Aralkum on One Little Independent Records, with wide expanses of tone inspired by the Aral Sea, as well as the desolate landscapes formed from its disastrous shrinking.
An internationally-recognised performer, Galya has played at venues including the Barbican, Royal Festival Hall, National Centre for the Performing Arts in Mumbai, Brooklyn Academy of Arts, ACE Theatre, Béla Bartók Concert Hall, Victoria Hall, Teatro Colòn, Strelka Institute and the Paris Philharmonie. In 2021 she was invited to perform Aralkum live at National Sawdust, Kiezsalon, Berliner Festspiele, Le Guess Who, Rewire and WOS Festivals and her compositions were featured in Fact, Boiler Room, Pitchfork and Nowness.
She has closely collaborated with some of the world’s finest musicians spanning many genres including Moor Mother, Pauline Oliveros, Suzanne Ciani, Laurie Spiegel, Terry Riley, Hildur Guðnadóttir, Mica Levi, Thom Yorke and Actress.
Galya’s solos and improvisations can be heard on numerous albums, film soundtracks and TV productions including Cyrano, You Were Never Really Here, The Mauritanian, Rocks, Honey Boy, American Animals, The Two Popes, The Matrix Resurrections and Suspiria. She has also toured key solos for live productions of Phantom Thread, Under the Skin, The Piano and There Will Be Blood.