Oxford's annual festival of experimental music and sound art

This year's audiograft spans two weekends of installations and performances at OVADA Warehouse by a range of boundary pushing artists presenting surprising and memorable live experiences.


Rita Evans
with Anna Jane Houghton, Sharon Phelan, Catherine Ross, Beth Shearsby

Fri 29 September 1-2PM work-in-progress open view
Sat 30 September 7.30-8.30PM performance, doors 7PM

Rita Evans and her collaborators will spend two days in residency at the warehouse before the performance, experimenting with vibrating strings; piercing through wavering surfaces; threading reel to reel tape through resistant forms; creating and arranging playable sculptures to 'measure', listen to, and interact with the space; and layering pre-recorded sounds with the objects to create and sustain a dynamic interplay in between acoustic bodies.


Raheel Khan "In Harmony" with rizmi

Sat 7th - Sun 8th October

Installation open: 7 Oct 12-5pm and 8-10pm; 8 Oct 12-5pm
Performances: 7 Oct, 12pm and 8pm

Artist Open House: 8th Oct, 12-5pm


“In Harmony” is an installation & performance by artist Raheel Khan that brings together composition, geometric design and electro-acoustic sound. 

His current research concerns repetitive motions, rhythm, spiritual spaces and vacant buildings & infrastructure. Switching back and forth between these elements is the starting point for the work, Khan often uses abstraction to make sense of personal narratives. 

Inspired by traditions of Islamic architecture and musique concrete, a customised sound-system will be installed in the space, central to which is a new sound work that combines recordings from the building's own sound features with electroacoustic compostion. A performance will take place on the evening of the 7th October, followed by an open house on the 8th, where we invite artists and musicians to respond to the installation.


Callout for Musicians and Sound Artists

Raheel Khan is hosting an open house at OVADA on 8th October, and all are invited to come and improvise with voices, instruments or sound-making tools. Let us know you're coming here: https://forms.gle/jQDq2PxJXGn5Gmuo8


For full details about the festival and artists visit www.audiograft.co.uk


Pay What You Decide, on the door (cash), no advance tickets


Accessibility Info The festival takes place in the downstairs area, which is wheelchair accessible. Unfortunately, there is no accessible toilet.


audiograft is co-curated and co-promoted by the Sonic Art Research Unit at Oxford Brookes University and OCM.


Raheel Khan's work is supported through the Cheltenham Jazz Festival Jerwood Jazz Encounters programme, co-commissioned by Oxford Contemporary Music and supported by Jerwood Arts. 

Photo of artist Raheel Khan using sound equipment
Photo of bespoke speaker used in Raheel Khan's In Harmony installation
Photo of strings entwined with a machine used in Raheel Khan's In Harmony installation
A group of performers blow into a large flute like instrument - the piece is called Coil of Days Scene 2 Communal Breath by Rita Evans
A group of performers work with large strips of copper in the shape of a large egg against a multicoloured background - the photo captures a moment in Rita Evans' Stringing the Matrix piece
An artist kneels underneath a wide strip of copper bent into an oval shape on the ground - the photo captures a moment in Rita Evans' Tuning in a Vacuum piece
An artist holds a string attached to a black ceramic sculpture on the floor - the photo captures a moment in Rita Evans' Tuning in a Vacuum piece
Two artists hold up wires, standing either side of a wooden crib-like structure on the floor - the photo captures a moment in Rita Evans' Tuning in a Vacuum piece
Photo credits: Thumbnail image for event page: Raheel Khan; Banner image for event page: Coil of Days Scene 2 Communal Breath by Rita Evans 2019 (Still from film). Images at bottom of page, left to right: Raheel Khan; Speaker from In Harmony by Raheel Khan; String Motif from In Harmony by Raheel Khan; Coil of Days, Scene 2 Communal Breath, Rita Evans 2019. (Still from film); Stringing the Matrix, Rita Evans 2022, Tate St Ives - Photo by Steve Tanner; Tuning in a Vacuum, Rita Evans 2022, Towner Eastbourne, with support from The Foundation Foundation. Photo by Tom Thistlethwaite (still 2 and 4 from footage of live performance).