March 2013 kicked off with a concert celebrating the music of female composers in the amazing art deco concert hall of the Barber Institute at Birmingham University on International Women’s Day. We loved the entire building, the style of the doors and signs, all from the 1930′s.
As well as collaborating with body percussionist/vocalist MaJiKer on our joint performance project, Matthew also invited us to perform in his latest solo offering – ‘NORTH’. It’s an epic project featuring Matthew’s reinterpretations of folk melodies from Iceland, Sweden and Norway.
Its London premiere was @ The Nest Collective in Islington hosted by the lovely Mercury Prize nominated Sam Lee. More to come soon so watch this space!!!
Following our epic fundraising journey last November (thank you RVW Trust and all you We Funders!!!), we now have a brand spanking new piece from beatboxer extraordinaire, Shlomo! Entitled ‘You, On The River’, it mixes beatboxing techniques with complex harmonies and rhythms so intricate that they make our eyes water. We’re premiering it on 25th April in Belfast with later performances at the Holt Festival in July and King’s Place in October.
We’ve also been hitting the studio any day we can find free (no mean feat!) to start recording our 2nd album on the Nonclassical label. Hopefully to be released in the autumn, it will feature contemporary compositions alongside our own juicy arrangements of some well-known love songs.
This week heralded the start of the ‘Portfolio‘ scheme run by Sound and Music in which four young composers (Bernard Hughes, Laurence Osborn, Sarah Lianne Lewis and Na’ama Zisser) have started to write us some new pieces. We workshopped first drafts and look forward to further open workshops at the Roundhouse in June!
This June also features our juicy debut in the Spitalfields Festival in secret locations picked by curator, Elizabeth Walling of ‘Gazelle Twin’. We promise you, the venue we’re performing in is completely amazing. We visited it for the first time this week and it’s so completely enthralling that we stumbled out in a daze. Trust us on this, book your ticket now!
Now, we’ve made our own live music videos before and have been part of video installations before but thanks to composer Paul Robinson, we will soon have a piece in which we can perform live alongside a video of ourselves! The piece is called ‘Moondream’ and we’ve just spent the last two days recording the sound and filming the action.
When we weren’t larking about in the local village hall, we went on lovely walks throughout the countryside and ate some exotic fruit.