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Notes And Tones : Interview Podcast (12 Sept 2013)

Huge Thanks to Ruth Fisher for an enjoyable interview, and Solar for putting together the resulting  podcast .

 
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Aldeburgh Young Musicians (31Aug-3Sept 2013) : A Summary


31 Aug

Firstly  - what a beautiful and peaceful setting. I had heard of Aldeburgh for ages, and remember studying Britten’s St. Nicholas at school. So i always had the image of not only a successful composer in critical and commercial terms, but one who also wanted to address a need to share a great combination of things: a chance for deep learning and inspiration, in a beautiful location ( the venue being Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, UK).  So – after a great introductory meet with Colin Virr , to outline all of the great things that the AYM have achieved plus the visions for the future – we began.  Diving straight into some wonderful exercises (both physical and musical)  with leader Eugene Skeef  - this begun to hone and focus the group energy quickly. This wonderful teaming of vocalists Marcina Arnold , Deborah Jordan , Eugene and myself –  improvised a tune , and each of us contributed music or a musical game involving lyric creation, or meditative vocalising. I then performed a duo with one of the students ,which was a joy, before we retired for lunch.

During lunch i ran into a former teacher at my Uni – Tim Steiner  - who was leading the more experienced ensemble in another part of Snape Maltings. This looked like a  great band with an eclectic line up (from Harp, to multiple guitars, horns and laptops).  Great to find out that we will all get a chance to hear them – on our last day. After lunch we continued with more , this time based around the development of a song using a (hastily sourced!) chord sequence , that in turn had derived from a musical chairs game (christened ‘you gotta be fast’ by Marcina) . Then we split into groups, with each going off to develop their own version. The afternoon finished with a sequenced performance of each of these versions. There was only a little time for them to develop these , and they did a fantastic job, with distinct differences in each. This is a truly inspiring place – and it can never be said enough, how lucky these youngs artists are to be present here.

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Special guest for RM Solo @ Kings Place 12 Oct 2pm Hall 1 – ESKA !

 
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