Anyone who has followed my work for a while may remember that I have collaborated on occasion in cross-discipline projects bringing music and visuals together. Fifteen Images was the first of these projects in 2010, which resulted in a kind of graphic score based on colours and textures from a garden, which the performer could use for improvisation (along with defined ‘tonalities’ and a conventional score). This week sees the first performance of a group of works called Fresh Yorkshire Aires. Four different composers/artists have produced graphic scores to be performed by piano duet.
Mapping Yorkshire, with composer Nigel Morgan, takes photographs from four locations in Yorkshire as starting points for our four scores. You can find out more about the scores we produced here. All the Fresh Yorkshire Aires scores are on show in Leeds 14-17th June and the first performance is on Thursday 16th June in the gallery. Later in the month the scores and performance will be in Sheffield. Information and tickets to the performances are available at Fresh Yorkshire Aires.
You can now hear some of the music that was composed for my Gifts from the Pavement exhibition for Saltaire Arts Trail in May. Composer Nigel Morgan wrote a series of miniature pieces in response to my prints. These were performed by the award winning jazz pianist Matt Robinson and a taster of those is now available here. Matt will be recording an album of these along with other works written for him by Nigel as part of an on-going collaboration.
You may have noticed that there are new links appearing on the right hand side of the page at the moment. I’m in a period of starting projects that have been in various stages of planning for some time.
I’ve been involved in the interdisciplinary group Textiles & Music Interact since 2009, when we created and first performed/showed the work Fifteen Images. We are now developing our third project, Remembering Britten. We’ve set up the blog to record the development of the project. This provides a way for the members of the group to share developments as well as forming an archive and information point for anyone interested in finding out about our work and following it.
After yesterday’s lecture (which was thankfully well-recieved despite a smaller than hoped for audience. The picture shows setting up – there weren’t this many empty seats!) and very successful performance by Matt Robinson of 15 Images I could relax a little.
It was strange seeing my animated images so large – this is the biggest yet. It really made for a completely immersive experience in the dark lecture theatre with comfy seats that you could relax into.
It was lovely to have a little time to go back over the road to the Museum and Art Gallery and see the Taking Time exhibition completed. I re-aquainted myself with Sue Lawty’s tiny stones, added a bit to the web of threads that invites additions, marvelled at Heidrun Schimmel’s stitches and admired Matthew Harris’s subtle textures. There will always be a textile bias for me I guess but there is so much else in this exhibition not mentioned specifically here that I really appreciate seeing for a second time. There is an entry on the Craftspace Taking Time blog about the Plymouth exhibition by Craftspace’s Emma Daker.
Now, I thought 15 Images was fairly experimental but some of the other performances in the Peninsular Arts Contemporary Music Festival so far have been wierd and wonderful to my inexperienced ears!
Current listening: deconstructed pianos, earworms, wine bottle blowing, radioactive particles and cloud chambers…