Part of our practice is to create and respond to other projects and commissions. Here’s a selection of recent projects we’ve been involved with.
The Finnish Church for Musicity Global
Nick Luscombe, (BBC Radio 3 Late Junction), commissioned artists including us, Jazz musician Moses Boyd and rising electronic artist Nabihah Iqbal (aka Throwing Shade), to create new musical works based on individual locations in Southwark, London. We spent two days in the Finnish Church, recording the organ and found sounds, collecting reverbs and talking to the church community, to create a new site-specific work, Drift Into The Land Of Fire, which is available through Musicity’s geolocation app. The launch included a performance and panel talk at RIBA.
English Folk Field Recordings
We initiated and produced a set of new field recordings of some of the most prominent and lesser well known English folk musicians, including Martin Carthy, Sam Lee, Eliza Carthy, John Kirkpatrick and Jon Boden. Part funded by Arts Council England, the resulting CD / LP / digital release was launched with a From Here Records weekend at leading contemporary music venue, Café Oto. Media coverage included live session and interview with John Kennedy on Radio X, live interview with Mark Radcliffe on BBC Radio 2, airplay on BBC 6 Music and regional BBC shows, plus national broadsheet and music monthlies coverage. The Guardian commissioned us to write a piece about the notion of Englishness in traditional music, following the completion of this project. Supported by ACE and awarded the Malcolm Taylor Grant for Collections, 2017. It also received the FATEA Tradition Award 2017. More about this project.
The Singing Bridge: headphone installation at Totally Thames Festival
Composer Claudia Molitor produced a soundwalk documenting the life and history of London’s Waterloo Bridge for Totally Thames Festival at Somerset House. She commissioned us to record a new piece of work to be used as part of the audio.
Café Oto From Here May Day Weekend & Newspaper
For the launch of From Here Records, we brought over Irish folk miscreants Lynched to perform with us on two sold out nights, with John Kirkpatrick and a host of other artists and talks, celebrating the dual tradition of May Day: pagan origins and workers’ rights. The accompanying newspaper featured photos, lyrics, and articles about May Day by poet Roger Huddle and folklorist George Hoyle, the bands interviewing each other, and a download of one exclusive track each from Lynched (now Lankum) and Stick In The Wheel.
VOICED/NOMAD Artist Residency at Phytology, Bethnal Green Nature Reserve & Tales From Bethnal Green 7″ + booklet
We were one of six artists commissioned to make new work responding to the site at Bethnal Green Nature Reserve – the location of St Jude’s Church, which got bombed in WW2, where we both had ancestors that were former parishioners. The result was a 7″ with two tracks of Street Cries and accompanying booklet documenting our time and research over the residency period, as well as an outside audio installation of all the artists’ works within the site.