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As part of the 2018 AxS Festival and its 2018 Benefit, Fulcrum Arts presents the premiere of Selva Oscura. A new collaboration between honoree William Basinski and Australian-based artist Lawrence English.

William Basinski is a classically trained musician and composer who has been working in experimental media for over 30 years in NYC and most recently, California. Employing obsolete technology and analogue tape loops, his haunting and melancholy soundscapes explore the temporal nature of life and resound with the reverberations of memory and the mystery of time. His collaborative work with James Elaine is presented in festivals and museums internationally, and concerts are presented to sold out crowds around the world. Orchestral transcriptions of key work, The Disintegration Loops by Maxim Moston, have been performed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Queen Elizabeth Hall and La Batie Festival in Geneva, Switzerland and most recently Dark Mofo Festival in Hobart, Tasmania. Basinski is currently touring the world in support of his latest work, On Time Out of Time, which incorporates recordings from LIGO’s interferometers. 

Lawrence English is composer, artist and curator based in Australia. Working across an eclectic array of aesthetic investigations, English’s work prompts questions of field, perception and memory. He investigates the politics of perception, through live performance and installation, to create works that ponder subtle transformations of space and ask audiences to become aware of that which exists at the edge of perception.

The Carnegie Observatories
813 Santa Barbara St.
Pasadena, CA 91101


William Basinski and Lawrence English DJing together.
William Basinski and Lawrence English DJing together.
William Basinski and Lawrence English DJing together.
Woman and man standing by one another at night. The man's face is illuminated by light.