Sonic Vistas – Art, Music and Film at the Liberty Festival


On Sunday 26th July, Ivan Riches will lead an ensemble of musicians and artists in ‘Sonic Vistas’ at Liberty Festival, the trailblazing festival of deaf and disability arts at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Sonic Vistas is a hybrid performance of dance music – created and performed by deaf, disabled and severely physically disabled musicians including Howard Jacques, Mik Scarlet, Rosie Vachat and deaf rapper MC Geezer – with projected text and images, filmed by Ivan Riches.

Sonic Vistas at Liberty Festival - a compilation image of the artists involved

Sonic Vistas builds on an ensemble performance at last year’s Liberty Festival which was a live score to the film The Fugitive Futurists. This was developed as part of Drake Music’s Connect and Collaborate London programme, curated by Ivan Riches and funded by City Bridge Trust.

This year, Liberty asked Ivan to develop the work, and he has devised a new collaboration that unites visual imagery, text and big beats dance music.

Organised by the Mayor of London, the Liberty Festival is free, with an exciting programme of live music and DJs, outdoor dance and aerial theatre, sound and visual art installations and promenade pieces.

Sonic Vistas is funded by Arts Council England and co supported by a partnership between Drake Music, Liberty Festival and Disability Arts Online.

Drake Music’s Artistic Development programme supports disabled artists to develop new work, use new technologies and extend their creative practice. For Sonic Vistas we are providing support with rehearsal space, project management and expertise in assistive music technology.

See behind the scenes and follow the project as it develops by reading Ivan’s blog about Sonic Vistas for The Sound of Disability for Disability Arts Online.

You can read the first post here.

Read the second installment of Ivan’s blog for DAO here:



Liberty Festival
Venue: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Postcode: E15 2ER
Date: Sunday, 26 July 2015
Time: 1:00pm to 6:30pm
Cost: Free

Find out more on the Liberty Festival website.