So after a momentous year…, Touch31 kicks off with a 2 x USB release of recordings from Touch.30 live at Beaconsfield, and restarts the 7″ series, ‘Touch Sevens’ with releases from Rosy Parlane & Sohrab. Jacob Kirkegaard’s first vinyl, Conversion, followed in March. Further releases followed from Bruce Gilbert + BAW, Burkhard Stangl, his first for the label, and a collaboration between Mika Vainio & Joachim Nordwall. BJNilsen’s “The Eye of the Microphone” followed in December.
Meanwhile field trips with Jana Winderen (Scotlland), various talks and presentations (Lincoln University), live events included Anna von Hausswolff and Chris Watson, collaborating for the first time with Hildur Gudnadottir (with programming by Tony Myatt), at Lincoln Cathedral as part of Frequency Festival of Digital Arts. Spire continued its select programming at Kontraste Festival, Austria – releasing Marcus Davidson’s “The Passing” as a download only production, with Charles Matthews on Organ. Bergen Cathedral also hosted Spire at The Festival for Church, Art and Music in Bergen kirkeautunnale 2013 (Norway).
The Touch Mentorship programme opens with Jiyeon Kim (South Korea) and Pepa Ivanova (Bulgaria) as the first two recipients. Jiyeon Kim performs at the Touch live event at Ausland, Berlin.