Created in collaboration between Folkestone Academy year 7 pupils and Kaffe Matthews, The Marvelo Project was a sound collage made for bicycles to be performed by visitors to the Triennial. The Marvelo group explored routes of Folkestone, mapping personal histories within the context of the town. New sound pieces were scored from their stories and encounters and from marking and drawing on local maps, all of which replace notes written on a traditional musical stave. The resulting ‘opera’ was experienced by cycling on specially adapted bikes housing a GPS tracking system, computer and two speakers. The cycling participants become performers of the opera and passers-by accidental audience members.
Kaffe Matthews has been making and performing new electro-acoustic music since 1990. She is acknowledged as a leading figure and pioneer in the field of electronic improvisation and live composition, making on average 50 performances a year worldwide.
In February 2006 Matthews was made an Honorary Professor of Music, Shanghai Music Conservatory, China.