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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New cello piece @Nonclassical

I’m looking forward to hearing my new piece A lot like this… performed by Joely Koos, as part of the Nonclassical night at the Key Club, Leeds – 8pm, 10 March 2016.

Have a listen to a couple of work in progress excerpts recorded during our workshop sessions…

 

Pledge Music campaign launch

Support our new Pledge Music campaign for Fresh Yorkshire Aires!

Following the recent commission call, I’m excited to announce four new graphic scores will be commissioned through Fresh Yorkshire Aires, by Jez Riley French, Katie English, Nigel Morgan and me.

To develop our work, we’re running a special Pledge Music campaign, with support from Sound and Music, offering exclusive artwork, musical scores and downloads from all of the artists on the project. Watch our introduction video to find out more!

We’ll be sharing this work as exhibitions at The Gallery at Munro House, Leeds, and Bank Street Arts, Sheffield during June 2016 featuring performances from Matthew Bourne and Philip Thomas.

Visit: pledgemusic.com/projects/fresh-yorkshire-aires

Additional thanks to Leeds College of Music, The Gallery at Munro House, Besbrode Pianos and Sound and Music for their funding and support in kind to get the project started.