Amidst ample music technology education work and other creative facilitator roles, my third album is now out there, Delia Derbyshire Day is going from strength to strength and I have had a few nice creative commissions on the go.
I’ve had some nice Euro gigs sharing my new album “Everything Gives to Something Else” so only one more for 2016:
17 DECEMBER – MANCHESTER – I’m putting on a Solstice Solidarity Session at St Margaret’s Church in Whalley Range (Rufford Rd, M16 8AE). A cosy mid-winter fundraiser event for Survivors of Torture Relief Fund with live music from RISE! who make “epic songs for epic times”, singer/songwriter Tekla, Open Voice Community Choir, me & guests playing a few songs and readings by writer/poet Michelle Green. 7.30pm start, first live at 8pm. Raffle & pop-up cafe by Thyme for a Caper. £7/5/3 on the door depending on what you can afford. Click here to visit FB event page.
I was invited to be part of the project design for Manchester’s Robot Orchestra and couldn’t resist getting involved. So myself and the talented composer, producer and percussionist Emma Welsby aka Uno Prism have come up with a cover of a well-known song to be performed with the Robots made by primary and secondary schools, University of Manchester and Noisy Toys. More performances of the Robot Orchestra are being planned for 2017.
Everything Gives to Something Else album release party, May 2016
We had a magic release party/launch event for my third album Everything Gives to Something Else – at The Wonder Inn in Manchester on 21 May, we are now getting out and about with the new live show.
A few nice responses so far:
“Enchantingly wonderful and emotional and soncially captivating”
“A mesmerising performance”
“Beautiful night, beautiful gig” Kirsty Almeida of The Wonder Inn
“Moving. Deep. Transcendental. Real. Funny. Sensuous. In the now.”
“Refreshing, different & enlightening – loved the whole sensual experience.”
“Am left feeling calm and centred & hopeful about the human condition – a gift, thank you.”
To launch Everything Gives to Something Else, I performed Everything Gives to Something Else live with piano, my voice, live sampling and found sound loops. Immense thanks to my wonderful guest musicians Kate Moran on violin, Gemma Leighton on vocals, Emma Welsby on cajón & Janet Wolstenholme on guitar. And the injection of emotive visuals by Andrea Pazos on a couple of tracks.
Glowing gratitude to the full room of folk who came down, the Wonder Inn team and for the performances: The Present Occupier & friends – were great. Mining for Diamonds enchanted us with her songs from her forthcoming album “Tales from the natural world”. DJ Bobcatz played suitably atmospheric and quirky tunes. And mammoth thanks to Tube UK who sponsored the top notch sound & lighting for the event.
Let’s Go – Community Takeover event “Off the Wall” at Bramhall Hall, Stockport – Sept 11 2016
Myself and the experienced and full of heart poet/playwright/theatre maker Louise Wallwein have been commissioned to orchestrate a wondrous Community takeover day to celebrate the re-opening of the Tudor hall with its mysterious stories and hidey holes. Click here to find out more and get involved with Off the Wall at Bramall Hall by Let’s Go.
Sarah Smith sculpture exhibition – “Nature, skin and bones” – Oct-Dec 2016
I have been invited by sensual sculptor Sarah Smith to compliment her new exhibition with the working title “Nature, skin and bones” which will show at The Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes, Yorkshire Dales. This wonderful and unique opportunity to respond sensitively to sculpture will also involve collaborating with light and word artist Elisa Artesero.
Sound and Music – Google Cultural Institute exhibition – Summer 2016
I have been invited by Sound and Music to create a Google Cultural Institute online exhibition (I didn’t know what it was either and had to google it) responding to the British Music Collection which is housed at Heritage Quay in Huddersfield. I do love a good rummage in an archive, it brings out the Alice in Wonderland in me. Some seriously fascinating and amusing gems in there including immense graphic scores and essays by composer and community music dude Trevor Wishart and curious works for tape by Janet Beat. Click here to check out previous Sound and Music GCI exhibitions.
DELIA DERBYSHIRE DAY
After the shimmering success of Delia Derbyshire Day 2013 & 2014 with subsequent touring in England, Delia Derbyshire Day 2016 at HOME in Manchester has now taken place and a DD Day 2016 touring event went to the lovely Leeds College of Music too.
It has been a wonder-full experience spreading the word about the late great Delia D and sharing my response to Delia’s fascinating archive (housed here in Manchester) entitled Audient, My Dear for software, hardware, voice, ruler and ping pong ball with live visual accompaniment by Andrea Pazos since 2014. We went to FACT in Liverpool, Sheffield, Newcastle upon Tyne, Hebden Bridge; Norwich Arts Centre; London; Oxford for OCM; And a special appearance at Ada Lovelace Day 2014, a science cabaret celebrating Women in STEM at the Royal Institution of Great Britain.
Recent exciting project:
The Atkinson Gallery in Southport – a mini-commission soundscape of Lord Street today for an exhibition running from 23 Jan 2016 – 31 July. Visit The Atkinson site for more info.
ELECTRO BRASS – a commission for Durham Brass Festival – with composer/trumpeter Eve Harrison which had its first performaances at Durham Brass Festival in JULY 2014. Click here to hear Electro-Brass studio recording