Welcoming new SWS board members

After the fantastic insights provided by our rather amazing Sound Walk September Advisory Board members during 2020, we were sad to see two of them move on. However, we are also blessed to welcome no less than three new members to our board.

Our advisory board members come from a very broad cross-section of the worlds of walking- and sound-art. We meet up to six times per year to discuss possible directions and opportunities for walk · listen · create in general, and Sound Walk September in particular.

At the start of 2021, we had to say goodbye to Francesca Panetta and Maja Thomas.
While sad to see them go, we are also extremely excited to welcome John Drever, Annie Mahtani, and Andrea Zeffiro.

John is Professor of Acoustic Ecology and Sound Art at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he co-leads the Unit for Sound Practice Research (SPR). He is Goldsmiths’ academic lead for the PhD consortium, CHASE.

Annie is a Lecturer in Music at the University of Birmingham. She is co-director of SOUNDkitchen, a Birmingham-based collective of curators, producers and performers of live electronic music and sound art. She is currently a committee member for the British ElectroAcoustic Network (BEAN), and Chair of the British Section of the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM).

Andrea is Academic Director for the Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship and Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies and Media Arts at McMaster University, Canada. 

John Levack Drever

SWS Advisory Board 2021 SWS Grand Jury 2022 SWS Grand Jury 2023

Operating at the intersection of acoustics, audiology, urban design, sound art, soundscape studies, and experimental music, Drever’s practice represents an ongoing inquiry into the perception, design and practice of everyday environmental sound. He has a...

Annie Mahtani

SWS Advisory Board 2021 SWS Grand Jury 2022

Annie Mahtani is an electroacoustic composer, sound artist and performer working and living in Birmingham (UK). Her output encompasses electronic music composition from acousmatic music to free improvisation. Her work often explores the inherent sonic ...

Andrea Zeffiro

SWS Advisory Board 2021 SWS Grand Jury 2022 SWS Grand Jury 2023

Andrea Zeffiro is Academic Director for the Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship and Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies and Media Arts at McMaster University, Canada. For fifteen years Zeffiro has collaborated in transdisc...

Old hands

John, Annie and Andrea will strengthen the board, accompanying Josh Kopeçek, Julie Poitras Santos, Hamish Sewell, and Duncan Speakman in their roles as advisors to Sound Walk September.

What’s in the cards for this year?

We still can’t be sure to what extent COVID will influence our lives this September. It’s possible some of us will still be somewhat restricted in their movements by the end of the year. We will plan accordingly.

Meanwhile, we’ve got a number of connected ideas we are looking to implement, both virtual and physical. We’re also in exploratory talks that would see cooperations with artist in residency programs around the world.

Watch this space.

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