Propellor brings together soloists, writers and ensemble players from backgrounds as diverse as the English Baroque Soloists, amplified ensemble Decibel, folk septet The Fair Rain (The Old Dance School), The Harborough Collective, CHROMA, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, improvisers from The Destroyers and Glowrogues, electro-acoustic experimentalists from Hidden Orchestra and collaborators with Ensemble 360,Britten Sinfonia and the Manchester Camerata. Over the last two years Jack has been developing this project and an ambitious new concert-length work with the group and mentor Aidan O'Rourke (LAU) ,on the Open Space residency programme at Snape Maltings in Suffolk...
Loom (n.) The slow and silent movement of water in a deep pool (Cumbria)
Propellor's new work, Loom, follows a watercourse backwards from sea to sky, the sound intricately plotted on an ambisonic speaker rig which envelopes the audience in the sound of the ensemble and blurs the lines and expectations of genre and performance space. Recordings of beach, pool and mountain waterways become new percussion and shared stories and field recordings are woven into the narrative. Illustrator Bethan Lumb's emotive sketches chart a visual journey with the photography of John Beatty...
Propellor invites you come on a journey. Move, let your ears dive into the sound and if you feel like it, seek out your own way of listening in the space.
Jack McNeill clarinets
David Le Page violin
Cath Leech violin
Kay Stephen viola
Clare O'Connell cello
Sebastiano Dessanay double bass
Charlie Wild fiddle
Aaron Diaz trumpet
Martyn Sanderson trombone/sackbut
Robin Beatty guitars
Jim Molyneux percussion/accordion
Joe Acheson live electronics
Tim Southorn sound design
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Photographs by Elly Lucas