Following the success of Drake Music Connect and Collaborate London's music and video commissions In Motion and Ethnomusicality, we recently commissioned DM Associate Musician Gary Day to direct a reinterpretion/re-imagination of an existing song/piece of music, working with a small group of disabled musicians using assistive music technology (AMT).
I was recently commissioned by Drake Music's 'Connect and Collaborate' strand (C&C) to reinterpret an existing piece of music, working with 3 experienced disabled musicians to compose and record the new piece over 3 sessions, using assistive music technology (AMT).
Kevin Beardall sings 'Stand By Me' with the rest of Nice Touch, a band formed from Music Unlimited's 'Change the Music' project. 'Change The Music' is creative music project running in Bolton and Stockport for young people aged 16-25 with SEN/D. The project has been evaluated by Drake Music.
Here's a video of 5 young musicians from the Soundsplash group performing on Saturday the 12th of July. We played to a packed foyer in the Colston Hall in Bristol. Take a listen to our very own brand of west country psych-rock!
City of London Festival Bowler Hat in Paternoster Square
I was so pleased to be working on this year's City Of London Festival and to also have the opportunity to be working with 3 of the same schools and pupils who also participated in last year’s festival. This year’s theme and brief was‘Street Guitar Concerto and Performance’.
The Prospectors are a 12-strong band of disabled musicians who've been meeting once a week in Heaton Moor near Stockport for over 6 years. They blend live bass, guitar and keys with assistive music technology to create unique versions of pop and dance classics.
Ableton Live is at the heart of the Prospectors' arrangements. Samples within Ableton are triggered using a range of switches, including hacked Playstation controllers.