I recently returned from Spectra Light Festival in Aberdeen. I had scored the soundtrack for Andrew Brooks’ Immersion film of Icelandic landscapes. The festival was very well attended and I felt proud (if not a little bit guilty because of the cold!) that people were queuing to watch the work in its entirety. I was pleased to meet some of the other artists at the festival in particular Ulf Mark Pedersen and Kathy Hinde (www.kathyhinde.co.uk), whose work you should definitely check out for its inventiveness and magic.
I have recently finishing working on the soundtrack to Andrew Brooks’ ‘Immersion’ film for Spectra Festival in Aberdeen – http://spectraaberdeen.com – I will be attending the festival (19th-22nd February) and look forward to seeing all the other exhibits there over the weekend.
This is photographer Andrew Brooks preparing a new film for the Spectra Festival of Light in Aberdeen next month (February, 19th-22nd). This film has been created for a 320° screen, the same that was used in last year’s Manchester Festival of Light’s ‘Immersion’ exhibit. I am sure that Andrew will take full advantage of shooting the film in Iceland during the winter. This season in particular yields some impressive and awe-inspiring views of the natural world. I will look forward to starting the soundtrack for this film soon and will keep you updated.
I am very excited to be able to start the publicity for my upcoming concert with The Pinquins! They will be performing in Manchester on the 3rd of March, and Cardiff on the 5th of March this year. I have been collaborating with the trio writing a piece for electroacoustics and percussion, inspired by the Norwegian folk tale ‘East of the Sun and West of the Moon’. I have also been collaborating with brilliant Welsh writer Rachel Trezise, using her newly-commissioned short story ‘Good Friday’ as the basis for a piece for solo vibraphone and electroacoustics. We are also lucky enough to have Rachel join us for the concert and recite her work. As well as these two pieces, there is a third premiere in the form of a piece inspired by Menna Elfyn’s beautiful poem ‘Cloc ar y dŵr’. The Pinquins will also be performing a selection of their favourite contemporary pieces for percussion – so make sure you get your ticket soon! http://bit.ly/15g7gyb Click on the link to be taken to the ticket-purchase website.
The Enlighten Light Festival in Manchester in mid-December, despite an opening hampered by torrential weather, was a massive success. I produced a soundtrack to accompany ‘Immersion’ by Andrew Brooks (www.andrewbrooksphotography.com), which is a stunning 320º film of Manchester skylines and city scenes. We received a lot of commendation for the work and look forward to re-showing the work very soon. I will post more information about this soon, but in the meantime I have a sample of how the final setup looked on my Youtube channel. If you click on the photo above you will be taken directly to it.
I have just finished scoring a short film for the Enlighten Light Festival in Manchester 11th-14th December. The website for the festival is http://www.enlightenmanchester.co.uk – where you can see a video of the set-up of Andrew Brooks’ ‘Immersion’ which is designed to be shown on a 320º screen. Visitors will be invited to get a sense of the city from some of its highest towers and roof tops. It will surely be a unique experience alongside a host of other memorable exhibitions.
I have just returned from a productive trip to Norway, workshopping and recording samples for my new piece ‘East Of The Sun And West Of The Moon’. This piece will be premiered by Norwegian percussion group ‘The Pinquins’ in an upcoming concert in March next year – more details to follow. I will be announcing details of another exciting collaboration planned for this concert very soon!
On the 27th-28th of September, audiences who attended the performances in Cardiff’s Millennium Centre were able to watch the team’s final adaptation of ‘Stuck In The Mud’. Having appeared previously in Swansea and Llandudno, this venue’s performance was similarly well-attended and warmly received. I have just finished putting videos of the performances onto my Youtube channel, so either click the picture above or use the tab at the top of the screen to be taken directly to the media.
Last weekend saw the fantastic LLAWN02 Festival, in Llandudno. I have included some pictures of Gdance and Ballet Cymru’s performance of ‘Stuck In The Mud’ (photos copyright: Andy Birchwood). Audiences enjoyed the quality of the dancing and the inclusive nature of the project. The project, imagined by Marc Brew, is one which brings disabled and able-bodied dancers together in creative collaboration, exploring new possibilities of movement and drama. This coming weekend, 27th and 28th September, the production will be coming to Cardiff. Anyone interested in watching this work should make their way down to the Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay this weekend. Performances are at 12pm and 3pm and are completely FREE!
The performers and creative team have already arrived in North Wales, prior to this weekend’s performances of ‘Stuck In The Mud’. The performances will begin in Llandudno train station at 11.45am and 2.45pm on Saturday and Sunday, and will be completely FREE! I will share more pictures of the festival in the next few weeks, but in the meantime click on the picture to check out the LLAWN02 website.