// BiLE (Birmingham Laptop Ensemble) //
BiLE (Birmingham Laptop Ensemble) are a collaborative group of composers and performers of instrumental and electroacoustic music. Six artists were brought together through their shared interest in live performance and desire to perform and improvise together in an interactive ensemble.
BiLE has an open attitude towards experimentation with sound, allowing members of the group to bring their own tools and musical experience to the ensemble. This enables composers with varied backgrounds to contribute to every aspect of the performance.
I am a composer and performer with BiLE.
// Network Music Festival //
I am the Project Manager for the Network Music Festival, which aims to present new musical forms and ideas where networking is central to the aesthetics, creation or performance practice of the work.
The Network Music Festival will take place in January 2012 in Birmingham (UK) in the heart of Birmingham’s creative community. Presenting a diverse programme of laptop performances, live coding, communicating home-made musical gadgets, sound installations, workshops and everything else in between, the Network Musical Festival boasts an international line-up including some of Birmingham’s best home-grown hi-tech musical performers.
// Interleave //
Joint project with electroacoutic composer Annie Mahtani exploring and improvisatory dialogue between technology-driven electroacoustic soundworlds and the archetypal jazz quartet. The quartet features Lydia Glanville on percussion, Percy Pursglove on bass, Sam Wooster on trumpet and Lluis Mather on saxophone. The ensemble also includes myself and Annie as live laptop performers, manipulating in realtime the quartet’s improvised sounds. The world premiere at Mostly Jazz Festival, Moseley, Birmingham will illustrate the exciting musical potential when the spheres of jazz and electroacoustic music are juxtaposed. The project is commissioned by Jazzlines who were awarded a grant for the project from the PRSF ‘Women Make Music’ fund.
// SOUNDkitchen //
From 2010- 2012 I was a member of SOUNDkitchen.
SOUNDkitchen is dedicated to the promotion of composers and artists working in the field of sound. At its core is a collective of composers with a background in electroacoustic and experimental music. SOUNDkitchen provides a regular platform for local artists to explore, experiment and present their work alongside that of international composers and sound artists. It offers a programme of exciting and eclectic new music that uses technology to form part of the aesthetic experience.
SOUNDkitchen’s ethos is to support local artists and provide professional development to those in early stages of their careers through networking events and the opportunity to contribute to a thriving sound art community.
I am a member of the core collective of composers who run SOUNDkitchen.
// ‘futuresonic’ – (new project name imminent) //
futuresonic aims to provide a platform for young composers in Birmingham through performances and collaborative projects. We like to perform in non-traditional spaces.