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...
Propellor are a 12-piece daring new cross-genre ensemble of multi-instrumentalists from a variety of musical backgrounds, come together to create an audio-visual performance mapping our collective experience of water, charting its journey backwards from the sea to the sky.
Loom (n.) The slow and silent movement of water in a deep pool (Cumbria)
Loom combines recordings across waves, wetlands and water channels with virtuosic instrumental writing, live electronics and video projection to produce an immersive live experience, challenging perceptions of genre and performance space. A maelstrom of elemental and soaring instrumental music combines with real world wildness and a very human voice through recorded interviews, culminating in a surround-sound experience bringing a breathlessness of invention across an hour-long, moving work of scale and ambition. Propellor invites the audience to move through the performance space; Loom is performed in the round with illustrator Bethan Lumb’s emotive sketches and the photography of John Beatty charting a visual response to the music on a large circular 'pool' screen. Let your imagination dive into Loom’s journey and seek out your own way of experiencing the piece. Loom carries the imprint and identity of where it is performed, with local voices sharing their stories, environmentally-inspired new music and sounds from the geographical surrounds forming part of the fabric of each new soundscape at every performance. Propellor have created an ambitious and exciting touring project with an appeal for all ages and experiences, and offer the opportunity to be part of this sea-to-sky journey yourself.
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
You can sign up to receive info at www.propellorensemble.com
Photographs by Elly Lucas
Jack McNeill is supported by PRS Foundation’s Open Fund