Nantes based artists Jenny Pickett and Julien Ottavi created Solar Return in 2009. Taking electromagnetic phenomena as a starting point for their audio creations. They have produced various scores for dual audio synths/oscillators/DIY electronics etc...which reflect patterns and electromagnetic events such as solar flares and inner city mobile phone mast end as well as the unfathomable audio world of kitchen appliances. Through their performances the duo tunnel deep into the world of frequency, static and sound as a physical experience. They have performed at various events and festivals in Berlin, London, Nantes, Marseille.
Julien Ottavi (1977) Artist-composer
A mediactivist, artist-researcher, composer / musician, poet and tongues destroyer, experimental film maker and anarchitect, founder and member of Apo33, Julien Ottavi is involved in research and creative work, combining sound art, real-time video, new technologies and body performances. He has performed and collaborated with Jenny Pickett, Brandon Labelle, Keith Rowe, Kasper T. Toeplitz, Christian Wolff, Jaap Blonk, John Tilbury, Joachim Montessuis, Joerg Piringer, Achim Wollscheid, Zbigniew Karkowski, Randy Yau, Ilios, Dion Workman, Mike Bullock, Phill Niblock, Seth Cluett, AMM, Keiko Uenishi, Goh Lee Kwang, Erin Sexton, Bruital Orgasm, Shu Lea Cheang...etc.
JKPickett (1978) Artist-composer
JKPickett is a member and collaborator with the artists' collective and cultural project: APO33, and realised various collective works both in contemporary music and visual arts including;
GIASO : Great International Streaming Orchestra, Chaoslab and BOT project. JKPickett performs with electronics, prepared guitar and percussion in the projects "Cellule de Bass" and "Solar Return" and is a member of ORGONE (contemporary percussion group) and ONsemble (contemporary musique ensemble). JKPickett's practice crosses: sound-sculpture/installation, drawing, video, interactivity and performance, showing & performing internationally. She has collaborated and played with: Julien Ottavi, Kasper Toeplitz, Keith Rowe, Eva Ursprung, Phil Niblock, Christian Wolff, Emmanuelle Gibello, John Tilbury, Jérôme Joy, Soizic Lebrat, Shelly Knotts, Antye Greie-Ripatti, Kadet Kuhne, Keiko Uenishi, Seamus O’Donnell, Erin Sexton, Phillippe Cavaleri, Shu Lea Cheang and others...--
He will perform a new piece:
"Weather - Nagra - 1961 West Papua”, for two Nagra III tape decks, two tube oscillators, and two speakers.