Unusual Ingredients update

A few photos from our recent workshop with the Vegetable Orchestra in Vienna (me Caroline Hobkinson and Adam Martin), learning about ways to connect food and music…

A really productive session with a lovely bunch of people – and open, creative artists too. Looking forward to our next meeting in May!

This research and development project is funded through Arts Council England’s International Artist Development Fund.artscouncil_britishcouncil_lockup_black

Unusual Ingredients: food and music

I’m very happy to announce that I have been awarded funding through the Artists’ International Development Fund to work with Vienna-based The Vegetable Orchestra during March – May 2018.

I’ll also be working in collaboration with electronic music producer Adam Martin (Nightports) and food artist Caroline Hobkinson, to explore ways of linking food and music.

Our work will contribute towards the development of a new musical-culinary project in 2019. We’ll also be documenting our progress through a short podcast series to be released later this year. Watch this space!

ONE [Seven Arts]

Well, that’s the last ONE gig in this series. Pianist/composer Ben Gaunt gave another brilliant performance, and artist Debbie Sharp created a real sense of atmosphere in the Seven venue.

Thanks to everyone who came along! A studio recording of the music from the project is in the pipeline…

A few more words from our visitor book:

Fantastic – I’m going home to put things in the piano!

An incredible event – exciting, dramatic, challenging..massively enjoyed.

A thoroughly enjoyable evening of unusual and interesting images, sounds and spoon monologues!

Thanks also to Adam Martin for these really atmospheric photos.

ONE in London and Brighton

We had two more performances of ONE at Iklectik, London and The Rose Hill, Brighton on 8 and 9 September. Some nice comments from our ONE Visitor Book…

“Totally mad and unlike anything I’ve ever heard. Ben is a talent.”

“A fantastic, unique experience. Thoroughly enjoyed it!”

“I’m tired” (Ben Gaunt, pianist)

We’re back again at Seven Arts, Leeds this Friday 15 September, 7.30pm. Tickets: sevenleeds.co.uk/event/one/

Here are a few photos from Iklectik and The Rose Hill:

ONE [Lotherton Hall]

Amazing fun working children and families at Lotherton Hall Crafty Families workshop as part of ONE, on 02 September.

Every version of ONE is tailored to the venue, adapted to the instruments, architecture and atmosphere of the location, but connected to the other events in the series through the music and visuals that underlie the project. This special version was designed as an interactive workshop.

Rough cuts from the ONE Crafty Families workshop at Lotherton Hall, Leeds, on 02 September. The drawings were created in response to music played on the 1865 restored Erard piano in the Drawing Room, with each image interpreted by Ben Gaunt during the workshop. Featuring improvisations by Ben Gaunt, drawing, scribbling and impromptu dancing by workshop participants, and music by Jacob Thompson-Bell (end).

Hear very different versions live on…

8 September at Iklectik, London
9 September at The Rose Hill, Brighton
15 September at Seven Arts, Leeds