Vegetable Orchestra 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

Call for Work – Fresh Yorkshire Aires

web_logoI’m looking for work from Yorkshire-based artists and composers for Fresh Yorkshire Aires, an online exhibition I’m curating of graphic scores and visual representations of sound by artists and composers based in Yorkshire. You can submit work any time between now and 08 April 2016.

As the online collection grows, selections will be released as limited edition print collections and explored in live performances around Yorkshire by musicians including Matthew Bourne and Philip Thomas. Check the Fresh Yorkshire Aires blog for updates.

Submit your work>>

Having recently taken up a lectureship at Leeds College of Music, I’m a new Yorkshire resident, so I’m looking to survey some of the diverse range of styles and approaches composers and visual artists take towards sound, and to showcase ongoing work in the Yorkshire region!

Any Yorkshire-based artists can apply to have their work included – if you’re an illustrator, painter, photographer, textile artist, or composer making graphic scores, intricate hand-drawn manuscripts, or other visual work that relates to sound, you can submit your work. Looking forward to hearing from you…

Somerset House in Full Bloom (Download)

Somerset House in Full Bloom is now available for download. The album mixes together my field recordings made around Somerset House (February – November 2014), with realisations of my graphic score Somerset House in Full Bloom, performed by Paul Beckett (viola) and Zac Gvi (accordions, clarinet, farulliah).

The album is available as high-quality downloadable tracks for £5, and comes with a free pdf of the illustrated score.

This album was developed as part of the RE-Moulded project. Released 18 December 2014 | Supported by Sound and Music‘s New Voices 2014 and Embedded programmes. Created in collaboration with the performers: Paul Beckett and Zac Gvi.

Viola – Paul Beckett | Accordions, Clarinet, Farulliah – Zac Gvi
Original score, field recordings and production, Somerset House, London, by Jacob Thompson-Bell
Studio recording by Dick Hammett at Red Gables Studios, London

Hymns to a Fading Planet (London Sinfonietta)

My new solo cello piece, Hymns to a Fading Planet, was premiered on 10 December, by cellist Joely Koos, as part of London Sinfonietta’s Alternative Visions, 6:30 PM, at BFI Southbank, London.

Part of the BFI’s major season, Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder, Alternative Visions brought together music and film, featuring five new solo pieces of music, each brought to the screen by artists from Central St Martins. There was music by Christopher Mayo, Benjamin Oliver, Deborah Pritchard, Luke Styles and me.

Hymns to a Fading Planet presents two short drones using the open strings of the cello, offered as elegies to a planet at risk of destruction from within – a brief meditation on landscapes left behind, places to be revisited.

Museums at Night: 15 May 2014

As part of Somerset House’s Museums at Night exhibition on 15 May 2014, I presented In Memory, an evening-long installation of electronic drones and nostalgic recompositions of Bach’s Cello Suite in G major.

The performance included a live ‘incantation’, repeated three times throughout the night, by solo musicians in Seamen’s Hall (South Wing, Somerset House), interspersed with electronic drones.

Incantations were performed by a combination of viola , cello, Baroque viola, Baroque cello, five micro-cassette recorders, speaker, a selection of handbells, and other pre-recorded sounds.

Viola – Paul Beckett
Baroque viola – Emma Alter
Violoncello – Deborah Chandler
Baroque violoncello – Natasha Kraemer

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