In these here weirder than weird times I’ve decided, partly as a way to find some focus amidst it all, to revive my project A journey around my room I carried out at Bank Street Arts back in 2016 with contributions from various members of the public, and artists who included Ryoko Akama, Linda Kemp and jez riley french. This version is, of course, presented online. I’ll be posting various iterations over at THIS here site.
Below is the ‘score’ and I invite everyone and anyone to take part – either as a private act for yourself or, if you feel like sharing, by sending me (ajamroom AT gmail DOT com) some kind of documentation to show at the site.
Good luck! and take care on your travels…
I’m making a piece out of recordings of me doing this in various locations.
If you happen to do this piece* do please let me know, I’d be interested to know how it turns out! My attempts thus far have had me pondering various sociological/ecological/other-ological things…
(*Better still – record it for possible inclusion in said recording.)
Thanking you kindly.
There’s also an ‘orchestral’ version…
A number of things are slowly assembling themselves (scores, books, recordings, unquantifiable phenomena) but as yet are wary of peeking out into the daylight but by way of a brief update, here are a couple of parish notices:
Intrepid flute player Kathryn Williams will release a new disc on HCR/NMC to be launched probably at hcmf this Novemberish. The ‘Coming Up for Air‘ project features a multifarious selection of pieces where the focus is on music made from one breath; my Feet. Can’t. Fail. (slight return) is among them.
I’ve also started up a bandcamp page for to post various recordings, scores and stuff, the first being sounds from eloping tamaraos.
I emerge blinking from hibernation with news of two events forthcoming:
Friday 26th April I’ll be doing some solo jiggerypokery at the Brumtastic Post-Paradise series at Centrala which will also feature turns from Victoria Benito and Lawrence Dunn. The intention, all proceeding well, is to perform a new piece with the above title…
Saturday 18th May with fellow erstwhile piggler Nathan Bettany and percussionist extraordinaire, Walt Shaw, I’ll be performing in conjunction with Paul Dearden & Steve Hudson’s ‘Wood & Stone, Land & Sea’ exhibition at Exchange Place, Sheffield (which runs 3rd to 31st May).
It’s been a busy few months as I get recalibrated after removing northwards from the field of Shef and crossing the frontier into the Scottish Border lands. Planning is underway for my next activities. But in the meantime…
Elena Biserna’s ‘Walking from Scores’ project continues in Milan at IED this month, which is a growing collection of scores relating to walking which are exhibited and/or workshopped, and includes pieces from out-of-doors suite.
CoMA (Contemporary Music for All) celebrates its 25th anniversary over 22-23 September, with a weekend of activities from their various groups and activities for all comers at St John’s Smith Square. CoMA Voices will sing lohengrin (from the soon-to-be-complete jandl songs) which was commissioned for the CoMA Part Song Book.
And finally, for now: Round about a year ago I recorded Stefan Thut‘s about with Ryoko Akama, Eleanor Cully, Patrick Farmer, lo wie, and Stefan. I’m happy to note this will be released on Yuko Zama’s new Elsewhere label in October.
Radio 3’s Exposure programme swings into Sheffield on Wednesday 16th May at Picturehouse Social
I shall be assembling Battle of the Planets style with the redoubtable and remarkable Linda Kemp and Nathan Bettany
Also featured will be the Jim Ghedi trio and Heavy Lifting (aka Lucy Cheeseman)
“BBC Radio 3 Exposure Sheffield
Picture House Social, 8pm, Weds 16th May
Hosted by Late Junction’s Verity Sharp, this night showcases local musicians working in new, experimental and alternative genres. On the bill we have folk guitarist Jim Ghedi, weaving landscape-inspired compositions with his acoustic trio (violin and double bass); also live-coding electronic music from Lucy Cheesman, aka Heavy Lifting; and experimental compositions by Stephen Chase, performing in a trio with Linda Kemp and Nathan Bettany.
Radio 3’s Exposure series is a monthly event showcasing new, experimental and alternative genres of contemporary music. It takes place in a different town or city each month, and aims to present local artists working in contrasting ways. It always features three different artists or groups, and it is hosted onstage by Verity Sharp, one of the presenters of Late Junction on Radio 3.
This concert will be broadcast on Radio 3, in a Late Junction slot at 11pm on the 31st of May.
Tickets are free and available from Picture House Social”
Arisin’ over the horizon…
Saturday 10th I’ll be in fine company joining Felicity Rose Barrow, Patrick Farmer, Sarah Hughes, David Lacey, Samuel Rodgers, David Stent and Paul Whitty in a 4 hour realisation of The Patient by Joseph Clayton Mills in Oxford., followed by a recording sesh on Patrick Farmer’s Ann Quin inspired The origin of movement, or why things have movement.
[UPDATE] Flutist Kathryn Williams plays my Feet. Can’t. Fail. (slight return), an extremely short piece, along with other pieces from her Coming Up for Air collection and duos for flute and harp with Marie Leenhardt next Wednesday 22nd Feb at Liverpool University.
…sees CoMA’s Festival of Contemporary Music for All with events across the country and beyond, at which the Partsong Book will be launched. Assembled by James Weeks with Marc Dooley at Edition Peters, the book features pieces by Kerry Andrew, Michael Finnissy, Christopher Fox, Catherine Kontz, Sylvia Lim, Cassandra Miller, Janet Oates, Michael Pisaro, Amber Priestley, James Saunders, James Weeks and my Jandl Song lohengrin.
On Thursday 29th I’ll play a duo with Taku Sugimoto at Sheffield’s Over-the-Top, for Another Timbre‘s launch of his CD with Cristian Alvear, titled h. Taku will also perform with Minami Saeki, Ryoka Akama and Ecka Mordecai.
And at the end of April I will talk about Jandl Songs at Sheffield University’s Sound Agendas conference.