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We are excited to present our latest unique event in our long-running collaboration with composer Lorenzo Prati, exploring unusual sonic spaces and venues.

After the success of Music for the Arts Tower and his interactive exhibition in the Library basement, Sounds of the Stacks, we are excited to now move up to the main reading room in this spectacular modernist building.

This event will be a unique and immersive evening of new music exploring responses to the special, very quiet environment of a library. Working with Library Staff, a selection of artists will develop musical responses to this unique setting, to be performed in the main reading room as the sun sets.


Rie Nakajima 

A unique sculptor based in London, who creates installations and performances responding to physical space using a combination of tiny motors and found objects. Her sprawling, kinetic sculptures create a growing layers of sound, leaving plenty to the magic of chance. She has exhibited and performed worldwide, including at the Tate Modern and Ikon Gallery.


Clelia Ciardulli 

A sound artist, DJ and performer based in Berlin. Clelia specialises in weaving narratives from found sounds and long-form DJ mixes, improvising over the top. Previously resident in Sheffield, Clelia was the founder of long-running experimental Sheffield Live radio show Two Foot Left, a key member of the Audacious Art Experiment Collective, and a library worker in Western Bank.


Lorenzo Prati

In his PhD research project Melting Buildings, Lorenzo creates sound works that respond to buildings and what happens inside them. Since 2019 he has been focusing on Sheffield’s modernist Arts Tower and Western Bank Library as sites for his work, which has included installations, compositions, live performances and workshops.

As a gigging musician, Lorenzo plays sax and electronics in The Evil Usses and Ichigo Evil, and regularly collaborates with other artists and groups.


Ross Davidson 

Ross is an award-winning composer of contemporary electronic music and a sound designer.

He is currently undertaking a practice-based PhD at De Montfort University exploring sound design for film. He also performs in and runs improvisational music groups in Sheffield.


Will Schrimshaw 

Will is Lecturer in Popular Music Technology and Composition in the Department of Music. His creative work is focused on the use of self-generating computer systems to create evolving soundscapes.


Featured artists above – Ross Davidson photo by Miriam Miller.

Dates: Friday 22 March, 2024
Venue: Western Bank Library
Time: 6:00 pm
Cost: £10
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