Using real and home-made instruments, sound objects, and vocals, KOGG combines composed elements with improvisation and generative approaches.
KOGG collects and manipulates audio from a variety of sources as diverse as plastic whistles from Christmas crackers, discarded MOD firing range targets, and Bartok’s field recordings of Central European folk song.
KOGG’s music is a fusion of its members’ diverse backgrounds and interests with influences ranging through Bach, Bartok, Bowie and Brazilian music.
The result is music that is unique in style, embodying a kaleidoscopic sound world of elastic rhythms and shifting melodies, fabricated with an ear for both the familiar and the unknown.
Selena holds BMus (hons) (Edinburgh University) and MMus (Manchester University) degrees and is a fully qualified teacher (PGCE). She has a vast range of teaching experience involving both whole class teaching and one-to-one tuition. Her experience is mainly in adult education and she has held positions at Goldsmiths and Middlesex University and currently teaches at Morley College and City Lit in London.
Selena began her musical career as a composer, gaining a Dutch Government Scholarship to study at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague with composer Louis Andriessen. She won numerous prizes as a student including BBC Young Composers. She was awarded an orchestral commission for the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and her music has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
Selena is a specialist Kodály practitioner. She gained a distinction in Advanced Musicianship from the Kodály Centre of London and also has a qualification in Kodály Methdology accredited by the Royal Conservetoire of Scotland. She runs courses in Kodály Musicianship as well as incorporating this approach into her teaching practise in a variety of areas. She also teaches musicianship on the Accredited Certificate in Kodály Music Education.