Buckner Building (Naomi Graham & Fritha Jenkins) lead your ears to places not always easily located. Their music is homemade and unsettling, shifting between fragments of recognised traditional songs and disruptive contemporary interventions. They are drawn to the macabre, the melancholic, the outsider. Foregrounding a queer identity, Buckner Building takes its audience into a land of shadows, telling tales of difference and gender displacement. Violin, recorders, vocals and bagpipes are mixed up within electronic landscapes constructed from found sounds, loops and fragments of text.
Buckner Building have been performing since 2013. They hosted ‘ Tremulous’ – an evening of experimental art and music at the Asylum Chapel in Peckham in summer 2015. They have performed at the Poetry Cafe, Selfridges,The Nest Collective, Supernormal Festival and on Resonance FM.
Naomi trained as a recorder player and gained a music degree in Melbourne, Australia.She arrived in London in 1991 and went on to study Early Music at the Guildhall School of music. In 1995, after moving to Munich she performed regularly at the A*Devantgarde music festival and the Munich Biennale as well as performances with the Bavarian State Opera Orchestra. Collaborations include Her Noise – Feminisms and the Sonic with Crisap at Tate Modern, London, The Little Book of Answers with artist Laura Malacart. She has performed at the Albert Hall, Westminster Abbey, Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth and Cadogan Halls.
Fritha Jenkins played violin, keyboard and mandolin with signed folk/thrash band Skyclad in the 90’s, touring Europe and recording several albums. Since then she has played and performed a diverse range of music from bluegrass to punk. She is currently working on the sound for an Arts Council England funded film, running Sounding Objects, an InHouse project at Pump House Gallery, London, with artist Rebecca Glover and plays in the London Gay Symphony Orchestra.