October 19 News
As the nights draw in, we have been doing our best to continue with our mission of bringing new music to more people! Take a look at what we got up to in October…
Our main focus this month was geared towards New Music Manchester. This festival at RNCM explores new music in all its forms, and we were invited to be a part of three events:
Our first event was working with some amazing young musicians exploring Ashtar Theatre’s The Syrian Monologues. We created fragments of improvised music responding honestly to stories of migration and felt honoured to witness the sharing of these moving and powerful experiences.
Our second event was on a panel discussion on the importance of improvisation in music education. For this discussion, we were joined by Elizabeth Alker, Gwilym Simcock and Steve Berry. It was a brilliant opportunity to talk about improvisation in education as it is so important to us and our work.
And lastly, we returned with our collaboration with Olympias Music Foundation and Kabantu to share a new version of Making Manchester, following up on our highly successful performances earlier this year. You can see the video of June’s performance here and look below at some photos of us reconnecting with our brilliant colleagues this month:
The Moon Smells Like Gunpowder by Mark Solter has been selected yet again for another award. This time for the Marina del Rey Film Festival, winning best sound design for a short film. So many congratulations to all involved! In summer 2019, we also collaborated with Kinetic for SPACE/SENSE II who commissioned composer Bofan Ma to create a site-responsive piece to Victoria Baths. This piece, #insulative, is now available to watch online, and it gives you a good sense of the immersive experience!
Hope to see you next month!
Here is an audio version of this month’s blog: