Chlöe Herington is a Nottingham-born bassoonist, saxophonist, composer and sound maker, based in Wiltshire.
Classically trained through an arts scholarship in Nottingham and then studying for a BMus (hons) at Goldsmiths College, University of London, she soon ventured out of the concert hall to seek new ways of creating music, suddenly finding herself in a very different kind of orchestra, Chrome Hoof, in 2000, with whom she stayed throughout their career.
VÄLVĒ is the outlet for her compositional work using text and image as the starting point for scores. Chlöe collects sounds and diagrams, composing predominantly for bassoon, saxes, electronics and found sounds to explore synaesthetic memory and collective experience.
Regular other playing is currently bassoon, saxes and backing vocals with Knifeworld, processed sax in Hirvikolari and in Lindsay Cooper Songbook with Chris Cutler, Dagmar Krause, Tim Hodgkinson and Yumi Hara, performing the music of Lindsay Cooper (Henry Cow/News From Babel) as well as occasional live performances with Teeth of the Sea and Daniel O'Sullivan's live band.
Chlöe has appeared on various recordings over the years by bands such as Guapo, Cathedral and Mothlite and has composed for and taken part in performance and sound artworks by Turner prize winner Tai Shani, Jonathan Baldock, Serena Korda/Daniel O’Sullivan and Circumstance.
Alongside her work as a musician, she worked as an educator for 20 years, until recently, lecturing Music Performance and Production on the UAL courses at Westminster Kingsway College in Kings Cross, London.
photo credit: Ashley Jones, Chaos Engineers