AUDIOVISUAL performing arts: 13-14 April 2024, london

crux festival of AUDIOVISUAL performing arts: 13-14 April 2024

Waterflower

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The Studio: Sunday 21:00

Making music with plants and mushrooms, channeling the frustration of dying nature. Working on themes of ecology, extinction and psychology, Waterflower’s shows are immersive, audiovisual experiences, merging noise, ambient music, electronic pop and digital hardcore. 

Photo of Waterflower performing live

Waterflower is an experimental, eco-futuristic project by artist Sabīne Moore (Riga, Latvia). Using plants and mushrooms as complementary instruments to their music, they channel the frustration of dying nature, taking the listener to interesting & dark places both in sound and subject.

Waterflower blends avant-pop, hyperpop and digital hardcore to create music that speaks to the urgent need to protect and preserve our natural world. Waterflower’s live shows feature synced video animations, also made by the artist, creating an immersive and multi-sensory experience.
With a critically acclaimed album “Balta Gaisma” (nominated for two Latvian Zelta Mikrofons awards) and an entirely self-produced music video “Mycelium (Step By Step)” showcased in the Riga IFF Baltic Music Video selection, Waterflower is not only a musical talent, but also seamlessly transitions between multimedia art and underground clubs.

In addition Waterflower, Sabine’s artistic journey encompasses a diverse range of expressions, experimenting with performance art and embodying characters like the Drag King Bils Lagūns (Bill Lagoon).

Waterflower’s roots in the underground music scene go back to 2006, when they first gained recognition as bedroom pop and noise act Kroffork, releasing their music for free on last.fm. As one of the first female solo acts in electronic music in the Latvian underground, Sabīne Moore has been making a name for themselves for over a decade.

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Waterflower, originally established 2006 under the alias “Kroffork”, is one of the first female solo acts in electronic music in Latvia. A hidden gem in audiovisual performance art and experimental music, Waterflower’s live shows are theatrical, visually intriguing and rich in soundscapes, created by the artist’s ethereal vocalizations, synthesizers (using real plants to generate sound), and non-traditional object sounds using digital sampling.

Self-taught in sound design as a teenager in the 2000s, Moore’s only musical education was at an early age – grade three violin and multiple lead roles in musicals before the age of 10. Instead artist Sabine Moore utilizes her 11 years of professional visual and conceptual art studies to create music – the final product being an original and complex mix of genres, formally referred to as “experimental music” and “art pop”.

“Over the last ten years artist Sabine Moore has developed from a bedroom recording project to a live act. She now regularly tours outside of Latvia. In the live setting she creates an audio-visual journey into an atmospheric and ethereal world, pulling influences from nature and science to create music that could be considered Bjork-esque but is wholly her own thing. Her instruments, in keeping with the project’s name, are plants, which she uses via a capacitive synthesizer, a capacitive midi controller and an electro-magnetic impulse reader, which converts the natural plant signals to midi. ”

(Richard Thomposon – Liminal Noise)