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The Oram Awards 2022 at hcmf//

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Following an outstanding uptake in applications in 2022, The Orams are pleased to announce the names of this year’s six winners: Ella Kay and Amble Skuse received special commendations and talent development bursaries of £1,500 each with, Kelly Jayne Jones, Amy Cutler and Lia Mazzari receiving talent development bursaries of £500 from PRS Foundation.




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Lia engages new audiences through encounters with art in non-conventional spaces through performance, installation and intervention. Recorded and live events explore how sound can be used as a multidimensional force of resistance and acoustic commoning. This relationship to sonic activism engages environmental recording, instrumentation (cello), voices, whip cracking and most recently transmission technologies.

Amy Cutler is an experimental sound designer and musician who creates live AV work, expanded cinema, and installations. Drawing on her background as a geographer (PhD 2014), she often works with the hacking of archives and found materials to intervene in “bad” sonic norms, from the sound-worlds of science to the masculine isolationist sublime. Beginning in 2020, her five album releases so far include instruments such as guitar, psaltery, windscreen wiper, record hiss, field recording, VHS, homemade rain gauges, Kodak slide carousel, and hourglass, as well as female traditions of elegy and rage aria.

Kelly Jayne Jones is a Manchester based artist making work that combines performance, installation and sound. She is self taught and began working in DIY experimental noise music and her practice has expanded to include sound installation, dance, gesture, sonic drawings, stone sculpture and film scores.

Subsaharan London-based Lula Mebrahtu (known as LULA.XYZ) is a multidisciplinary artist liberating artistic expression for a sensory experience. At the intersection of art, music and tech, her soulful tombra, which carries the weight of her heritage, enables intergalactic travel. She is a new brand of AfroFuturism. She is currently working on releasing an upcoming EP which was recorded in Milan with Gadi Sassoon in 2023.

Amble is a composer and sound artist who uses disability theory, body sensor technology, spoken word interviews and electronics to create unique sound works. She is interested in the interface between the disabled body and the exterior world, and has explored this through numerous sound walks using her wheelchair. She is now working on a piece with the City of London Symphonia called "Divergent Sounds". Together with researchers from King's College London they are exploring different experiences of NeuroDivergence.

Ella Kay is an electroacoustic composer, sound artist and designer, and saxophonist from Oldham currently based in Manchester. She is influenced by the intricacies of humanity and life, and her work aims to interpret these often complicated areas through the realms of experimental sound. She has recently composed a piece on the theme of protest as well-being. The 9-minute piece debuted, along with many others from excellent composers, at the C40 World Mayor's Summit 2022 19-21st October in Buenos Aires, Argentina to support their C40 Well-being Cities project.

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