Support four new commissions

By Jacob Thompson-Bell

Following the recent commission call, I’m excited to announce four new commissions for Fresh Yorkshire Aires from Jez Riley French, Katie English, Nigel Morgan and me.

We’ll be sharing this work as exhibitions at The Gallery at Munro House, Leeds, and Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, featuring performances from Matthew Bourne and Philip Thomas.

To develop our work, we’re running a special Pledge Music campaign, with support from Sound and Music, offering exclusive artwork, musical scores and downloads from all of the artists on the project. Watch our introduction video to find out more!



Jez Riley French: “My intention is to create a photographic score based on intuitive visual responses to the acoustics of specific architectural spaces in east Yorkshire and their locales. During the process the room tone of the eventual performance / exhibition spaces will also be taken into account in the formulation of the accompanying guidelines. Key to the process is to create a score that allows the performers to work along side the ambient sounds in which the score is to be performed.” (Photo: Phoebe Riley Law)

Isnaj Dui 2 - Credit Chris NunnKatie English: “Since moving to Yorkshire in late 2013 I have noticed a change in the way I work, having become more visually focused. I have a degree of audio-visual synaesthesia and so the lines between music and visual art are, for me, always slightly blurred. I am planning to create a score from the visual landscape that surrounds me in Halifax, the town has a brilliant combination of rural views along with the architectural impact of a rich industrial history and so has a lot to offer in terms of a visual score. In particular the combination of mill towers protruding from undulating hills would provide a good source of sonic and graphic exploration and so I plan to mainly concentrate on those aspects of the area, to produce a piece that portrays the drama of the landscape. Potentially I would like to include a tactile element to the score as this is a particular area of interest for me, so might include some relief work, of course bearing in mind that it would need to be printable.” (Photo: Chris Nunn)

Nigel PortraitNigel Morgan: “Whatever the image in a graphic score some kind of mapping has to take place: to make a translation either to musical notation or directly to physical movement or action to produce sound. Informal discussions with jazz and improvising pianists tell me it seems to be more often the former than the latter. In choosing graphic images for this proposal I have been particularly attentive to the mapping issue. I have chosen to source four images, each based on collections of specific symbols: names. words, integers, binary rows. These images will come directly from specific locations across Yorkshire, two in rural locations, two in urban locations. As possible examples I suggest two that have immediately come to mind: a section from Gordon Young’s Walk of Art at Yorkshire Sculpture Park and one of the Stanza Stones created for Ilkley Literature Festival by Simon Armitage. Images will be presented so that letters, integers and binary patterns could be read traditionally left to right or in vertical or diagonal configurations. An optional key and possible mapping suitable for an interpretation by a keyboard player could support the image.”

LEECH_20131004_90356Jacob Thompson-Bell: “I will be transcribing the bustling, cosmopolitan soundscape of Leeds, recording specific locations using music notation, illustration and written word t form a series of sonic maps of the city. I moved to Leeds last year, and I’ll be using this as an opportunity to really connect with my surroundings, and learn more about the place where I now live. I’m also the project producer for Fresh Yorkshire Aires, so it’s fascinating for me to see and hear what the other artists are creating, and learn about their perspective on the Yorkshire region.”


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