Music & Drama Education Expo 2018 – John Kelly speaking


Drake Music will be participating in this year’s Music & Drama Education Expo, taking place at London Olympia on 22nd & 23rd Feb.

John Kelly, a Drake Music Associate Musician who is involved with our Think2020 and DMLab programmes, will be speaking on Thursday 22nd Feb at 2pm, in conversation with the editor of Music Teacher Magazine.

John Kelly & Gawain Hewitt at the Web We Want festival at Southbank Centre
John Kelly & Gawain Hewitt at the Web We Want festival with the Kellycaster.
Image by Emile Holba.

Join John for a fireside chat & short musical performance to hear more about his journey as a musician and the bespoke Kellycaster guitar built by the DMLab programme.

John will demonstrate the Kellycaster – a modified guitar which is played using traditional guitar strings combined with the Bela platform which has been specially programmed to detect the string behaviour. This feeds into a bespoke Max-for-live patch which navigates the chords and is a plug-in for Ableton.

The Kellycaster shows the beauty of new accessible instruments, designed to break down disabling barriers.

Find him at the Performance Stage, 2.00 – 2.25pm, sharing a song or two and stories from his life as a disabled musician, activist and actor.

Find out more

Visit the Music & Drama Education Expo website.

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