Friday, 29 May 2020

Walking Home: Sound Journeys for Lockdown

Walking Home © Opera North
Opera North has a history of commissioning sound walks and installations, such as 2017's The Height of the Reeds: a sound walk for the Humber Bridge. And as part of BBC Arts and Arts Council England’s Culture in Quarantine programme, Opera North has commissioned Walking Home: Sound Journeys for Lockdown. The commission will feature music from cellist and composer Abel Selaocoe (one of Opera North's 2020 Resonance artists, see my article), qanun virtuoso Maya Youssef, oud player and composer Khyam Allami, vocalist, violinist and songwriter Alice Zawadski, and accordionist/composer Martin Green of the folk trio Lau.

Each of the 15-minute pieces will offer new context for walking and solitary activity, an opportunity to renew our imaginative connections with our environment, and the styles of the various pieces offer a vibrant cross-section of music making in Britain today.

The artists are currently writing and recording their pieces in home studios across the UK and Europe. Walking Home will be available through broadcast slots across BBC Radio and Television, through podcasts on BBC Sounds, and via the BBC Arts website,

 

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