Riz Maslen has been part of the electronic music scene since 1996, being one of the few female producers around to have gained much acclaim for her work. Riz started her career fronting many bands whilst growing up in the West Country moving to London during the heady days of the Rave Scene met and worked with ambient kings Future Sound of London, featuring on many of their albums, and singing on Top of the Pops with their hit “Papua New Guinea”.
She signed to Ninja Tune’s sister label Ntone in 1996, and released three critically acclaimed albums, culminating in a fourth released in 2004 on highly respected U.S. independent label Mush - “White Rabbits”.
During Riz’s career she has toured extensively in the UK, USA, Europe and Australia, where she has played solo shows, more recently with a full band.
The aim of her visual shows is to take the audience on more of a journey than most. Not only does Riz write and perform the music, she also produces photographic slides and (Super 8) films as part of her live set-up to create a cinematic, multi-media experience. Her work is often highly personal and about ‘journeys through life’ of her own. The visuals and music synchronise to give us a soul-baring glimpse in her experiences, the end result being something, which the audience can hopefully relate to and be moved by.
In 2000 Riz set up her own independent label Council Folk Recordings with long time collaborator Paul Jason Fredericks and has released under the name Frederick and Nina, along with Dose One from Clouddead.
Riz has worked with many artists who have collaborated on many of her music projects including Nick McCabe (The Verve), Low, Kaffe Matthews (sound artist) and Brian Dougans (FSOL).
Riz at present is working on various projects in 2010/11, including visuals for Etchasketch live shows in collaboration with 10sui.
Neotropic also was a runner up in the Peoples Music Awards 2010 in the Off the Beaten Track category.
In the last few years her work has branched into more sound design and composition working both collaboratively with artists, and developing her own solo sound and visual installations. 2011 is already proving to be an exceptional year for her, having already been commissioned by Kew Gardens and selected for Bow Arts Open.
SOUND & VISUALS INSTALLATIONS
A collaborative film project, accompanied by an audio-visual installation.
Part of London Fashion Week September 2011 (Commissioned by up and coming British Fannie Schiavoni)
Exquisite Corpse Exhibition - Architectural Association, London - 23/24 September 2011
Quetsi Tek Film Installation - BAT Pack ll
30 June - Sunday 10 July 2011
Mile End Art Pavilion
BAT Pack II is an exhibition of art works, performances and interventions in and around Mile End Art Pavilion. The ‘Pack’ consists of over 60 artists working with diverse subjects and media.
Departure Lounge Installation - Connection Point
The show curated by Edward Lucie Smith and Max Presneill (Torrance Art Museum, LA)
Friday 24 June to Sunday 17 July 2011
SE1 Project Space
Walk On The Wild Side
Collaborative video/sound work with duo Maslen & Mehra exhibited at the CONTACT International Festival Toronto 2011
Kew Gardens Summer Festival Sound Commission
May – September 2011
The Alpine Path – Sound Piece in the Davies Alpine House
If You Go Down to the Woods Today – Sound Piece for The Redwood Grove
Body House Version 1
Spill Festival 24th April 2011
(Performance sound piece with Shabnam Shabazi)
The provocation for Body House is the erosion of cultural & material bonds. In the 21st century, the idea of ‘home’ as a fixed physical and geographical location seems redundant.
Shabnam Shabazi’s signature theme is ‘home’, as a sense of place, identity and the spaces in and around the body. Her practice is archival, and her process can be likened to an archaeologist excavating the past as an attempt at unveiling a kind of futurity based on walking and journeys.
Rabbit Skin & Glue – Sound Piece
Step Sequence Get Carter – 05 – 31 March 2011
As part of the Get Carter Anniversary celebrations Pixel Palace invited artists to submit an audio piece that are inspired by the film.
Rabbit Skin & Glue – Video and sound piece - Lightworks Grimsby - 2011
Lightworks is a one-night festival of film, sound and new media that takes place in Grimsby Minster every year. It includes stills, video, sound and video Haiku.
Wet Sounds Tour 2011
Wet Sounds installs at swimming pools at 7 UK cities. An open to the public event featuring live music by Joel Cahen and including the deep listening gallery featuring new work by selected artists under the theme ReVerse, these are: Daniel Blinkhorn (Au), Jessica Rowland (UK), Julius Holtz (D), Liam Quinn (UK), Philip Mantione (USA), Riz Maslen (UK)
Erasure is Maslen & Mehras’ and Riz Maslens’ first collaborative work. The artists combine imagery and sound to create an experimental screen based work, which questions the aggressive transformation of areas of East London due to the upcoming Olympics.
ERASURE has been screened at the following exhibitions and festivals
Olympic Visions - Nunnery Gallery London 19th June 2009
VIDEOHOLICA INTERNATIONAL VIDEO ART FESTIVAL 2009, VARN 2nd EDITION - August 4-13, 2009
Tilt Exhibition 2009– Untilted – 2009
London Jazz Festival - Untilted – 2009