inspiration

Mbongwana Star

“Mbongwana Star (‘Mbongwana’ meaning ‘change’) are a newly formed band from Kinshasa, Congo. Tired of the pre-conceptions around African music, they’re creating their own identity, fusing traditional Congolese rhythms with post punk and electronics. Full Read more…

By Bobbie, ago
music

Tunes

Time to listen!! Enjoying a composition hiatus as I’ve been composing nonstop since the summer. Time for a well-deserved break. Vibin’ off these tunes at the moment… Cate Le Bon – Sisters Art Farmer – Read more…

By Bobbie, ago
challenge

Chef Concertino

At the start of the year, I was fortunate to have an orchestral piece called “Chef Concertino” performed at Birmingham Conservatoire. The composition department has an annual competition where composition students can submit works to Read more…

By Bobbie, ago
commission

X

vanley and ian (Photographer Vanley Burke with curator Ian Sergeant) 'X' was revolution no. 20, under the Free School events curated by Ian Sergeant. It was inspired by an intriguing, enthralling and what John L. Williams calls a tragicomic story of black political activist Michael X. Initially Ian Sergeant wanted a performance inspired by black British politics in the Midlands. Shamefully, knowing very little about black British politics I penned some ideas for an audio-visual performance, calling in artist and musician Matt Watkins to assist. Ian had just started reading the John L. Williams book and quite quickly his ideas changed.... Michael X became the focal point. I have to admit, I was resistant, having reservations because I was invested in the first idea, but once I read the biography it all made sense. I am glad Ian made that change! (more…)

By Bobbie, ago
birmingham

Respek Vanley: Music Workshops Sessions 3 & 4

We are getting there... thank goodness for that, as I'm having the trippiest dreams as the pressure is on. Young people have written two original sets of lyrics for songs using the riddims of Steel Pulse and Burning Spear, I have an  a capella idea for the final ditty, we have one session left to devise/rehearse, using "Hail Him". We shall see what the young people think of my idea. (more…)

By Bobbie, ago
commission

Push and Pull

My Uchenna dance score commission deadline fast approaches. It's been good fun working on it, is my compositional skill developing? I hope so. I am starting to see patterns in my musical style which is good, this awareness will mean I can take more compositional risks, (as I'm starting to grow bored of what I am producing). (more…)

By Bobbie, ago
commission

E14 baby!

I've spent most of today following the Vocab Dance brief of starting with a seed, so long intros. What excites me about the live performance aspect is seeing/hearing the vocal artists improvise over the loops I've created.  (more…)

By Bobbie, ago