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Fari Bradley

Sound artist, composer and arts-broadcaster.

About

FARI BRADLEY

Background
A sound artist, composer and arts-broadcaster, born in Iran and brought up in the UK, Bradley has lived four years each in Iran, the UAE, and India, plus a year each in Brussels, Dublin, and Naples; generally a background in languages and classical music (piano and wind instruments). After an Honours Degree in Italian Studies, Bradley conceived and delivered environmental projects for the British Trust for Conservation, engaging media and community to instigate projects that bridge the arts and the environment, until a City & Guilds in Journalism led to working with experimental radio and digital audio formats.
Solo work
At London’s first experimental arts radio station Resonance104.4fm since 2004, Bradley spent years performing live-improv and composing graphic scores with the Resonance Radio Orchestra and also solo. Her weekly production Six Pillars, is live broadcast on 104.4FM about Middle Eastern, North African arts and culture, and for 7 years ran simultaneously with another show on experimental dance music called Free Lab Radio.
From compositions and performances came sculptures designed to provoke active listening, and in 2010 Bradley exhibited in galleries such as Raven Row and Princes Galleries, Shoreditch, London. In 2013 Sound and Music, the leading body for sound art and experimental music in the UK, awarded Bradley a year’s residency in a cine film studio and her practice consolidated itself with 4 years working in the UAE and around the Gulf,(such as Karachi, Pakistan) where solo shows and a series of sound art commissions allowed her to explore her main formats of performance, sculpture and broadcast.

Collaborative Work

As Sound-Art Duo Bradley-Weaver, with Chris Weaver, solo and group shows were at Maraya Arts Centre, Sharjah and Tashkeel, Dubai, UAE. Artist commissions include Al Serkal Avenue, Art Dubai 2015 and Falgoosh Radio, (an arts-radio installation at Art Dubai 2013-2014) experiments in listening, discussion and broadcast formats.

Talks and performances include Beirut Arts Centre, American University Dubai, University of the Arts London, Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, REuse Kuwait, Habib University, Karachi and New York University Abu Dhabi, Share Conference Belgrade, Beirut and Croatia. The limited edition artist-vinyl record, made with collaborator Chris Weaver is online at The Vinyl Factory, UK.

As a Quartet making electro-acoustic, experimental improv Oscillatorial Binnage, appearing in The Wire music magazine’s Under the Radar compilation release and performing at Cafe Oto, Wellcome Trust and more.

Sound works are here.

Composer and Improvising Performer

Commissions include London Architecture Week, Victoria and Albert Museum, South London Gallery and Art Dubai 2013 and 14, National Portrait Gallery, London Architecture Week, ICA London and Frieze Projects. Commissions for music, ensembles and performances from The London Mela 2010 and 2011, Resonance Radio Orchestra and Frieze Projects.
A full composer profile is listed on The British Music Collection.

Resident Artist

A series of artist’s residencies, such as an Embedded Residency for a cine film installation using crude oil on Iranian home movies from the 1970s, awarded by Sound and Music, the UK body for sound art and composition and hosted at n.o.where studios, London. Other residencies were with Chris Weaver, and include the Lahore Biennial Foundation (residency in Habib University, Karachi), New York University Abu Dhabi, and Malja Studios, Bahrain.

What Doesn’t Decay, 2013. Cine-film Projection & Audio

Writing

Oxford Handbooks, The Wire Magazine, Ibraaz, Canvas Magazine, Brownbook and Arte East. Presenting as an artist at academic conferences: Animal Utterances at Bristol University, Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin,  LOMA at London College of Communication and At Suden Radio at Villa Romana, Florence.

Broadcasting

On UK’s arts-radio station Resonance104.4FM, since 2004 Bradley has produced and presented a speech and experimental weekly music show about art and culture from the Middle East, North Africa and Asia called ‘Six Pillars‘.

Since 2006 Bradley researched experimental and fringe dance music genres for my weekly broadcast ‘Free Lab Radio’ on Resonance104.4FM. During that time Bradley DJ’d in unlikely venues from museums (National Portrait Gallery, ICA London) to art galleries and international music festivals such as Glastonbury, Exit Festival – Serbia and Bestival to moored boats and London squat parties. Previously Bradley collected a gamut of great names in interview: Camila Batmanghelidjh, St John Simpson and Irvin Finkel both British Museum curators, Sheila Whittaker at the BFI, Yinka Shonibare, Charlie Dark, Acid Man, Mr Scruff, Egyptian Lover and many, many more.

A series of private commissions for podcast and live broadcast including Clocktower Radio, NYC, Art Dubai, UAE and Jaou Tunis.

Read more about Bradley’s general work experience on Linkedin.