Well, after a well-earned Christmas break, it’s back to work with a vengeance…
I’m currently working in my studio on a new set of songs for “The Ballad of Skinny Lattes and Vintage Clothing” and we will be mounting a special one-off performance when they are ready, sometime around April/May. I’ll post details as soon as we have confirmation of a venue.
This Friday myself and FFTA (my producers and creative partners) are setting up an exhibition in Guildford of the original sound works from “The Ballad of Skinny Lattes and Vintage Clothing”. It opens on Monday 13th Jan and stays open to the public until Feb 14th; followed by a concert performance on February 10th in the Ivy Arts Centre on campus, more details on the University of Surrey website.
Fundraising begins in earnest for our next project beginning in the summer with a residency at Trellick Tower, Revolution #10. As we approach the General Election in 2015 we will be travelling around the country creating a series of People’s Manifestos (in the form of songs, poetry, and performances) culminating in a Non-Party Political Broadcast On Behalf of the Nation.
I also have a number of sound design and composition commissions on the go with storyteller Liz Porter on a collaborative project “Learning to See” working old friends and colleagues, Mark Hewitt, Abbie Norris and Rachel Gadsden; with theatre maker Sian Webber – a one woman show about writer Martha Gelhorn and an ongoing commission for the Nimbus Group, designing sounds for a new iPhone app.
Put that together with the campaigning work that I do on behalf of visual artists for a-n with the AIR Council, and it all adds up to a vibrant and heady start to 2014.
Here’s to it!