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

 

ONE [IABF]

Really absorbing performance from Ben Gaunt and beautiful, evocative visuals from Debbie Sharp last night for ONE at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester.

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.

Hear different versions on…

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

Postcards from Eyemouth

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Since August, I’ve been working on research and development for a project in dialogue with residents of the harbour town of Eyemouth, Scotland. With support from Leeds College of Music, I’m working in collaboration with drummer Nick Katuszonek to collect “postcards” from Eyemouth residents sharing stories, photographs and sounds, as well as our own responses to the area.

We’ll be building on contributions to create a postcard series of graphic scores, ready for performances by young musicians from Leeds, at Eyemouth Hippodrome arts centre.

We’re gearing up to launch the project fully during January 2017, so there’s still lots of design and development work to be done. There’s more info on the project blog: postcardsfromeyemouth.wordpress.com

In the meantime, here are some “postcards” snapped on a disposable camera and sent in from the Eyemouth Yarn Bombers group…plus a few sounds I collected during August/September.


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Graphic Scores workshop 15/29 June

As part of Fresh Yorkshire Aires, I’ll be running 2 workshops – one in Leeds, one in Sheffield – exploring graphic scores.

Tickets are only £2

15 June, The Gallery at Munro House, Leeds: http://bit.ly/1XVXgST
29 June, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield: http://bit.ly/1Ua5AIJ

Come along to find out more about the new Fresh Yorkshire Aires commissions, and try your hand at creating your own graphic score to be interpreted live by musicians during the workshop

The workshop will take place amongst the Fresh Yorkshire Aires exhibition, which features new graphic score commissions from Yorkshire-based artists and musicians.

Scores created during the workshop will become part of the exhibitions at The Gallery at Munro House (Leeds) and Bank Street Arts (Sheffield), and will be added to the Fresh Yorkshire Aires online showcase.

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Fresh Yorkshire Aires – Arts Council England Funding

Delighted to announce that Fresh Yorkshire Aires has been awarded funding from Arts Council England! This is great news, as it gets us even closer to realising our Leeds and Sheffield events and exhibitions.

However… the project still needs help to raise the final funds – the ACE funding is just one piece of the puzzle. Pledges through our campaign page are essential too.

Support our project>>

You can pick up signed artist prints, and limited release downloads from everyone involved. Thanks so much to everyone who’s pledged so far – we wouldn’t have got this far without your support!

We’re so close now – with just 12 days to go we can make this happen!

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