Gregor Riddell – ‘cello, electronics Adam Teixeira – drums, percussion
London/Oslo-based duo BirdWorld is a musical partnership between Gregor Riddell and Adam Teixeira. The duo first met during respective Banff Centre for the Arts Creative Residencies where they began improvising together and exploring the abundant field recordings they had collectively gathered. In combination with an acoustic set up of ‘cello, drum set, kalimbas and percussion, the electronic manipulation of their field recordings forms an integral part of their music with an interplay between the mechanical, industrial and urban alongside sounds in nature.
Weaving between ambient electronic, contemporary classical, folkloric music and improvisation, the duo creates a musical language that is both natural and otherworldly, as if heard from the perspective of non-human ears, hence their name. Since Adam immigrated to the UK in 2014, the duo has gone on to perform across Europe with highlights including a Union Chapel concert filmed and recorded by NTS Radio, an electronic film score commissioned by London Contemporary Orchestra and collaborating with Sanskriti Shrestha, Streifenjunko, Harpreet Bansal, James Kitchman and Alex Stuart as well as video artist Ioana Sisea, among others. ‘After Rain’ featured in The Wire Tapper No 47 playlist and subsequently BirdWorld performed at LSO St Luke’s ‘Open Ear’ series live recorded by BBC Radio 3.
On the 2019 Autumn Equinox, BirdWorld released their debut album UNDA on UK-based experimental label Focused Silence.
They will release a rework album based on material from UNDA on the same label in early 2021 featuring 12 renowned artists from a wide pool of genres including Qasim Naqvi, Fran & Flora, Olefonken, Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch and Robert Ames. BirdWorld has developed material for a second album during the covid pandemic taking their sound and creativity in a whole new direction, which they intend to record as soon it’s possible for us to be able to spend an extended period of time in the same room as each other! They also take a growing interest in developing their music alongside image and film.