Excited to announce a new piece of music that myself and Eve Harrison (trumpeter, classical composer) have come up with for Durham Brass Festival 2014 which takes place in July.
Electro-Brass is a commission by Durham Brass Festival through their Brass:Pitch commission series which looks at fresh perspectives on Brass Music. Given my love of playing with found sounds, I was particularly interested in recording the non-musical sounds of a brass instrument – such as the valve actions and the nice pings the instruments make – and then using them as a palette for electronic music textures, drums and percussion. And I got a surprisingly nice kick drum from the trumpet after some creative studio sculpting.
I will be playing these banks of sounds live alongside a brass trio – Eve Harrison (trumpet), Helen Beauchamp (French horn) and Matt Krening (Euphonium). Over approximately 15 minutes, we aim to take the audience on a journey from non-musical inner mechanical sounds of the brass instruments through pure, lyrical brass melodies and harmonies culminating in uplifting, beat-led classical and electronic music fanfare.
So, if you are based anywhere near Durham, our performances will take place on Sat 12 & Sun 13 July. For more info see the Electro-Brass page on the Durham Brass Festival site.
We intend for the piece to be played elsewhere after the festival – so do look out for opportunities to experience this rare musical journey
So, I am officially a little bit crazy. After all them years in pain that I have now been somewhat liberated from, I am now going looking for adversity. I am doing the Great North Swim 2014 on 14 June at Lake Windermere – yes it is the one that Davina MacColl did and nearly died or something (I don’t have a tele).
I do love my outdoor swimming and wanted a challenge to celebrate feeling/being able. So myself and my sister and niece will throw ourselves in little England’s largest lake and hopefully swim for a mile without getting brain freeze. And yes also in aid of a charidee: NAPAC – which is an organisation that supports and helps adults who were abused as children. In their own words:
Our USP is that we help people open up and talk about the abuse they suffered. This helps them recover and makes it harder for abusers to hide. This is an important contribution to making the UK a safer place for children today.
And if you know me and/or my lyrics, you may have gathered that I am all for acknowledgement => release and finally growing up.
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