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13 Vices – New Music Biennial

Join Red Note Ensemble as they return to New Music Biennial with 13 Vices!

For ensemble, improvisers, conductor & voice, 13 Vices melts boundaries between theatre, poetry & contemporary music. Exploring the weird, humorous, dark & exotic world of contemporary vices, it is the creation of pioneering compositional voices –  Brian Irvine & Jennifer Walshe.

First performed in 2015, the seed was planted many years before when Brian chanced upon sculptures by Mihail Chemiakin in Moscow. The collection of slightly grotesque figures, each representing a particular adult vice that is damaging to children was the springboard to the project, which would eventually become, in Brian’s words, “a wonderfully messy, chopped up, beautiful, bewitching cocktail of the best people making the best sounds and is a project that myself, collaborator Jennifer (Walshe) and all the gang and very proud of!”.

13 Vices is truly some of the most imaginative and exhilarating music around and Red Note Ensemble is delighted to perform alongside Paul Dunmall, Paul Rogers, & Mark Sanders. This piece that will stick with you. 

Red Note Ensemble
Jackie Shave, Violin 
Tom Hankey, Viola
Robert Irvine, Cello

New Music Biennial is a PRS Foundation and Southbank Centre initiative.

For ages 11+

Image credit: Moving on Music

 

Details

3 July, 2022 - 18:30 to 19:30

Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
Southbank Centre
London -

Cost: Free
For this large scale, multi-sensory exhibition presented by Artlink in partnership with Tramway, Red Note will further animate the exhibition with a playful, rich and diverse sound world, interacting with and dynamically informed by the audience.

Reacting spontaneously to the exhibition and audience, Red Note’s musicians will move freely throughout the space and will invite the audience to experience the music and arts from a different perspective. On Saturday 9th July, Red Note Ensemble will perform with Indepen-dance dancers. Open to all.

This event is informed by the interests and insights of individuals with profound and multiple learning disabilities who have collaborated with Red Note over a number of years.

Free – Drop-in – no ticket required

When? 
Saturday 28th May – 13:00
Saturday 9th July – 20:00
Sunday 28th August – 14:00 – CLOSING EVENT

Red Note Ensemble – Saturday 28th May
Ruth Morley, Flute
Robert Irvine, Cello

Red Note Ensemble – Saturday 9th July
Mark O’Keeffe, Trumpet
Jessica Beeston, Viola

More about the exhibition
Conceived as an accessible, creative experience informed by individuals with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD), the exhibition takes the form of an interactive landscape which invites audiences on a journey of light, sound, touch and smell. From a huge silk sail which sways softly, to sculpture that translates audio into vibrating pulses, and a playful tower emitting light, smoke and bubbles – each artwork within this gentle fairground offers a new encounter.

Human Threads is the culmination of years of pioneering research by Artlink and the Cherry Road Learning Centre. Through a process of mutual learning via collaborative play. Each artwork has been developed with and informed by individuals with PMLD and invites audiences to interact through a variety of senses. The works expand our perceptions of what an artwork might be and break down barriers of access to contemporary art. Throughout Human Threads the physical experience of the artwork becomes a shared, communal language through which to explore new possibilities of human perception. 

If you require additional info on access to this event please contact Artlink directly.

Details

9 July, 2022 - 20:00 to 20:30

Tramway
Glasgow Tramway
Glasgow - G41 2PE
United Kingdom

Cost: Free
We are offering five composers the opportunity to develop works of around 5 minutes for voice and viola working alongside Stephanie Lamprea (voice) and Fiona Winning (viola) from Red Note Ensemble and Laura Bowler as composer mentor. 

The new works will be performed during soundfestival 2022.

This development opportunity for Scotland-based composers is part of the soundcreators programme, which focuses on nurturing creative talent.
soundcreators is funded by PRS for Music Foundation, Creative Scotland, Foyle Foundation, Hugh Fraser Foundation, Hope Scott Trust and Aberdeen City Council.

This opportunity is organised in partnership with sound. sound is a new music incubator based in north-east Scotland encouraging new music creation and discovery. They run the annual soundfestival, as well as year-round activity supporting a wide range of composers, engaging with local communities and providing educational opportunities.

 

Draft schedule:

Session 1: Introduction to voice and viola
When: Thursday 11th August, 11am-1pm
Where: Zoom
This first session will primarily be an introduction to writing for voice and viola and will be led by both musicians and Laura Bowler.

Session 2:
When: 29th and/or 30th August
Where: Zoom
1-to-1 mentoring sessions with Laura Bowler and/or musicians. The composers will submit short (approximately 30 second sketches) in advance.
Following this, the composers will work up full pieces for the third session.

Session 3:
When: Saturday 17th September
Where: TBC (Central Belt)
The composers will work alongside two musicians to develop new works. It is expected that composers will bring work in progress with them. The session will last a whole day.
The composers will then have until mid-October to make any last adjustments.

Rehearsal:
When: Monday 10th October
Where: TBC (Central Belt)
Half-day rehearsal of finished pieces with the composers in attendance.

Performance:
When: 30th October
Where: Aberdeen
A performance of the new works as part of the 2022 soundfestival. There will also be a rehearsal prior to the performance.

 

Candidates

The five successful candidates will be talented composers resident in Scotland. They can be at any stage in their career, however they should be able to demonstrate a number of years of compositional experience, and must be able to articulate their development needs and how the opportunity would benefit them.

Please note that we are committed to working with and supporting composers from under-represented groups. Female, trans, gender-diverse and ethnic minority composers as well as composers with a disability are encouraged to apply.

Financial support for the opportunity is limited to related expenses for travel/accommodation. There will also be a small commission fee of £200 per composer for a delivered piece to be performed at soundfestival.

 

How to apply

To apply for the opportunity please complete this Google form.

Deadline for applications: 15th July 2022

If further information is required, please contact Elza (info@sound-scotland.co.uk).

We will inform you whether you are successful or not by the 22nd July 2022.

 

Selection process

As mentioned above sound is committed to working with and supporting composers from under-represented sections of the population. To enable this, there is a two-stage application process: an initial selection is made, and then this is narrowed down in a second stage selection process. If you are a female, disabled and/or BAME composer, you can self-select to be put forward automatically to the second round if you want. The selection panel will be made up of the composer mentor, a representative of sound (either a staff member or the Chair) and of Red Note.

 

Notes to composers applying

Selection for new music opportunities is inherently subjective and the criteria used can differ from project to project. We are frequently over-subscribed and often the quality of applications is extremely high from a wide range of composers, which usually means making difficult decisions.

Reasons for selecting one composer over another are not always to do with skill level or experience. We may, for example, be looking for the right fit for us as an organisation at a particular point in time e.g., we may be looking to develop specific strands or activity or genres of music.

For development opportunities that happen in a group setting, it may be that we need to take into consideration the coherence of that group e.g., we may prefer to have composers of a similar experience-level. We thus sometimes end up turning down composers with more experience or skills, or giving opportunities to composers who we feel would benefit most from a particular opportunity at that stage in their career, and faced with difficult choices we may sometimes turn down composers who may have already benefitted from a number of opportunities in the past.

We would however encourage composers to apply for any opportunities that interest them and for which they fit the specification, and not be discouraged if they are not selected for a particular opportunity, as it does not mean that they are not “good” enough. Please do continue to apply for any opportunity that interests you!

 

For the closing event of this exhibition, Red Note will work to a soundscape specially commissioned for this event and will further animate the exhibition with a playful, rich and diverse sound world, interacting with and dynamically informed by the audience.

Working to a soundscape specially created for the event by Martina Corsini and commissioned by Red Note Ensemble, Red Note’s musicians will move freely throughout the space and will invite the audience to experience the music and arts from a different perspective. Open to all.

This event is informed by the interests and insights of individuals with profound and multiple learning disabilities who have collaborated with Red Note over a number of years.

Free – Drop-in – no ticket required

Red Note Ensemble 
Ruth Morley, Flute
Mark O’Keeffe, Trumpet
Jessica Beeston, Viola
Robert Irvine, Cello

More about the exhibition
Conceived as an accessible, creative experience informed by individuals with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD), the exhibition takes the form of an interactive landscape which invites audiences on a journey of light, sound, touch and smell. From a huge silk sail which sways softly, to sculpture that translates audio into vibrating pulses, and a playful tower emitting light, smoke and bubbles – each artwork within this gentle fairground offers a new encounter.

Human Threads is the culmination of years of pioneering research by Artlink and the Cherry Road Learning Centre. Through a process of mutual learning via collaborative play. Each artwork has been developed with and informed by individuals with PMLD and invites audiences to interact through a variety of senses. The works expand our perceptions of what an artwork might be and break down barriers of access to contemporary art. Throughout Human Threads the physical experience of the artwork becomes a shared, communal language through which to explore new possibilities of human perception. 

If you require additional info on access to this event please contact Artlink directly.

Details

28 August, 2022 - 14:00 to 14:40

Tramway
Glasgow Tramway
Glasgow - G41 2PE
United Kingdom

Cost: Free
Red Note return to Lammermuir festival 2022 with Gavin Bryars’s hypnotic "Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet".

Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet is based on a recorded loop of a homeless man singing. For more than 50 years its emotional impact on audiences has been extraordinarily powerful.

We will perform this stunning work in a specially-arranged, intimate and moving chamber-scale version during the 2022 Lammermuir Festival at the Big Shed in Musselburgh, on Thursday 15th September, 3pm.

“…this contemporary music still resonates with diverse audiences after more than four decades.”
Limelight

The Lammermuir Festival was born of a conviction that historic architecture and beautiful landscape together can create an ideal environment in which to experience great music-making. The Festival was established to bring the finest musicians together with local people and visitors in celebration of music in towns and villages nestling between the Lammermuir Hills and the sea.

Red Note Ensemble
Mark O’Keeffe, Trumpet
Andy Saunders, Horn
Tom Hunter, Percussion
Donald Grant, Violin 1
George Smith, Violin 2
Fiona Winning, Viola
Robert Irvine, Cello 1
Duncan Strachan, Cello 2
Iain Crawford, Double Bass

 

Details

15 September, 2022 - 15:00 to 16:00

The Big Shed
Goshen Farm Steading
Musselburgh - EH21 8JL

Cost: £7.88 – £15.75
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