Andrea Zarza Canova (1986) is a sound archivist and curator with a degree in philosophy. Born in Madrid, Spain, she is half-American and has lived in London since 2011. She is a curator at British Library Sound Archive and has worked with the London Musicians’ Collective Archive at the University of the Arts London Archive and Special Collections Centre, at the Deep Listening Institute (Kingston, NY, USA) and at the Pacific Radio Archives (Los Angeles, CA, USA).

Her record label, Mana Records, run with Matthew Kent, publishes works at the intersection of contemporary and archival sound. She has recently co-curated the exhibition Charivaria with José Luis Espejo, at CentroCentro Gallery in Madrid, Spain and All in Day’s Work at Rhubaba Gallery in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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ANDREA ZARZA Archive Exhibitions Radio Mana Environment

Sonic Time Capsule

Instruction manual for making a time capsule. Written in London, U.K., 2012. Utilised in Copenhagen, Denmark, 2017 at a workshop convened by Seismograph and The Lake Radio.

This document attempts to lay out a path towards the creation of a sonic time capsule. It can be read like a map, a score, or an instruction manual. It is a prototype for action, and hopefully, through time, it will grow and multiply with the experiences of others. Right now, it is nothing other than potential; its consequences are yet to be determined.

British Library

We document, preserve and make accessible one of the world's largest collections of published and unpublished recordings of music from all over the world dating back to as early as the 19th century. The collection represents commercial and ethnographic archival recordings variously described as traditional, folk and ‘world music’.


Andrea Zarza Canova

Curator, World & Traditional Music

https://www.bl.uk/collection-guides/world-and-traditional-music

@BL_WorldTrad

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Highlighted Projects

Percy Grainger's collection of ethnographic wax cylinders

The British Library is pleased to make available online around 350 English folk songs recorded by composer Percy Grainger in different regions of England between 1906 and 1909. (...)

Embedded Live

Since autumn 2015, the British Library Sound Archive has hosted Aleks Kolkowski and Larry Achiampong as composers in residence through Sound & Music's Embedded Residency scheme. (...)

British Library Sound Archive 10 for WIRE Magazine

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World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

27th October is World Day for Audiovisual Heritage. UNESCO designated this day to highlight the work of archives worldwide in preserving and making accessible their unique audiovisual collections that are at risk of decay. (...)

Five European Villages

To celebrate World Listening Day, the World and Traditional Music section has made available, to listeners in British Library Reading Rooms, a collection of field recordings from five European villages, which form part of the World Soundscape Project Collection. (...)

The London Musicians’ Collective (LMC) was founded in the mid-1970’s by a small group of experimental and improvising musicians in London, United Kingdom. In tune with the nature of improvisation and the cultural politics of the time, the organisation was based on collective principles, with an open membership whose responsibility it was to decide policy and initiate activities through attendance at monthly meetings.

The London Musicians’ Collective Archive is currently housed at the University of the Arts London Archives and Special Collections Centre. Posters, newsletters, calendars and photographs illustrate the activities and evolution of the LMC over the three decades of its existence. Since 2012, I have been working with the archive intermittently, cataloguing and making accessible its contents.

In 2017, David Toop and I interviewed founding members of the collective about its history and added this material to the archive. A publication on the history of the LMC and its archive is forthcoming, stay tuned!

Miscellaneous

Co-curated with José Luis Espejo, Charivaria was an exhibition that took place between October 2017 and January 2018, at CentroCentro Gallery in Madrid, Spain.

Through more than 200 mixed media works from over ninety contributors, the exhibition traced hypothetical genealogies on how people use sound to position themselves in public space. The exhibition focussed on Europe from the early Modern Age to the present day and told stories of blacksmiths, church bells, cowbells, festivals, skimmington, protests, travelling musicians and carnivals and rites.

Exhibition Page

No Play Listening Lounge

The No Play exhibition took place from 21 May to 24 June 2016 at the neue Gesellschaft fur bildende (nGbK) Kunst in Berlin, Germany.

Co-curated with Miranda Iossifidis, the No Play Listening Lounge expanded the overarching themes of the exhibition and its event programme through field recordings, interviews, oral histories and contemporary music sourced from the British Library Sound Archive, Pacifica Radio Archives and others. Five headphone sets were built into a playful physical structure allowing the listener to take their time with this sonic resource.

Read the listening lounge notes.

Read a press review in Taz.

Meltdown Listening Lounge

David Byrne’s Meltdown Festival took place in August 2015 at the Southbank Centre in London, United Kingdom.

As part of Meltdown Festival, Byrne shipped 250 books from his personal collection – those that had most shaped his thoughts and approach to music – to the Southbank’s Poetry Library. Throughout the festival, you could borrow these books for free.

The Meltdown Listening Lounge took eight books from his library as inspiration for eight headphone sets with playlists of relevant archival sound recordings from the British Library Sound Archive.

Read notes about the sound recordings here.

All In A Day's Work

All in a Day’s Work, a listening lounge curated by Andrea Zarza at Rhubaba Gallery (27 July – August 18, 2018), invites visitors to engage with curated playlists of archival and contemporary sound recordings that explore ‘labours of love’, such as artistic, affective and domestic labour.

Organised into five different sub-themes – All four(s), Stooping, Hands on the Machine, Cradling and Lying down, Looking up – the visitors are invited to take a specific position to listen, a position associated with the labours described in each sub-theme. This embodied listening asks one to put themselves in the position of the other so as to more empathetically connect with the voices and songs in the recordings.

All four(s) relates to ‘labours of love’ implicit within the structure of the nuclear family, typically associated with the number four – the mother, the father, and two children; it asks us to get down on ‘all fours’, a position that alludes to the cleaning of floors and sexual exploitation; Cradling finds its focus in lullabies, the work song par excellence of female affective and emotional labour; Stooping explores women’s roles in traditional labour; in Hands on the Machine, sound recordings reveal the relationship between women and skilled, machine-led labour: from waulking cloth to computer music; finally, Lying down, Looking up invites the listener to pause and reflect, to look up into the open possibilities of different futures.

Exhibition Page

RADIO

A selection of radiophonic highlights for your listening pleasure...

24.08.16

Mediateletipos

El Estado Mental nº2

Listen

17.05.16

BBC Radio 3

Late Junction

Archive

2019

January

Andrea Zarza Canova and Matthew Kent release Secrets of Mana (QUEESTE001)

Planet Queeste, Netherlands

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25 January

Opening DJ set for Lauren Hansom

berlinClub (Madrid, Spain)

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11 February

L'Escalier des Aveugles: Andrea Zarza, Jacqueline Caux & Andrea Cohen discuss Luc Ferrari's radiophonic works

Cafe OTO (London, United Kingdom)

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28 March

Sesión de escucha: Un viaje sonoro desde Kesh

La Casa Encendida (Madrid, Spain)

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4 April

Guest tutor at PUB e-PUB 2 Workshop

Sandberg Instituut (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

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2018

23 February

Points of Listening #39 Improvise, because you’re not a record! An introduction to the London Musicians’ Collective archive

London College of Communication (London, United Kingdom)

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7 March

Historias silenciadas, sonidos olvidados. Conferencia por Andrea Zarza y José Luis Espejo como parte del curso PERO… ¿ESTO ES ARTE? X CURSO DE INTRODUCCIÓN AL ARTE ACTUAL

CA2M (Madrid, Spain)

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19 March

Contributed a text to the exhibition catalogue of The Futch curated by Neme Arranz Ruíz and Marta Echaves

Sala de Arte Joven (Madrid, Spain)

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April

Judging panel for OTO Projects UK Artists Development Foundation Fund

Jerwood Charitable Foundation / Cafe OTO (London, United Kingdom)

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17 April

¡Y se hizo (y deshizo) el silencio! Conferencia por Andrea Zarza y José Luis Espejo

La Térmica, Centro de Cultura Contemporánea (Malaga, Spain)

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18 April

Taller de escucha y observación del espacio urbano. Impartido por Andrea Zarza y José Luis Espejo

La Térmica, Centro de Cultura Contemporánea (Malaga, Spain)

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19 April

Taller Charivaria. Impartido por Andrea Zarza y José Luis Espejo

Auditorio de los Basilios, Universidad de Alcalá. (Alcalá de Henares, Spain)

2 June

DJ set at CATA001

Vaciador 34 (Madrid, Spain)

3 July

DJ set at Ata Kak residency

Cafe OTO (London, United Kingdom)

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27 July -
19 August

All in a Day’s Work exhibition

Rhubaba Gallery (Edinburgh, Scotland)

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15 September

DJ set at Nodo Invisible, Fiestas de la Melonera

Invernadero del Palacio de Arganzuela (Madrid, Spain)

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8 November

Talk at Jornada AEDOM sobre ética y propiedad intelectual: grabaciones de campo inéditas y etnomusicológicas, organizada por la Comisión de Registros Sonoros de AEDOM

Biblioteca Joaquín Leguina (Madrid, Spain)

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17 November

Participating in Archival Disruptions with Frances Morgan, Paul Purgas and Jennifer Walshe

Somerset House (London, United Kingdom)

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17 December

Guest lecture as part of the MA in Music Industry and Sound Studies

Universidad Carlos III (Madrid, Spain)

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Andrea Zarza Canova (1986) is a sound archivist and curator with a degree in philosophy. Born in Madrid, Spain, she is half-American and has lived in London since 2011. She is a curator at the British Library Sound Archive and has worked with the London Musicians’ Collective Archive at the University of the Arts London Archive and Special Collections Centre, at the Deep Listening Institute (Kingston, NY, USA) and at the Pacific Radio Archives (Los Angeles, CA, USA).

Her record label, Mana Records, run with Matthew Kent, publishes works at the intersection of contemporary and archival sound. She has recently co-curated the exhibition Charivaria with José Luis Espejo, at CentroCentro Gallery in Madrid, Spain and All in Day’s Work at Rhubaba Gallery in Edinburgh, Scotland.