A late Akemashite Omedetou De Gozaimasu (Happy New Me)

A new year, new year’s resolutions,  brand new second hand you, new diaries, new socks. Instead of resolutions I have made some determinations (kind of similar) but the process is habitual (twice daily in fact), and I am winning, I’ll share a few.

They are:

Soulful Summer

Just completed a week of workshops for THSH and UFA, project was called Soulful summer.
I helped facilitate sessions based mainly on developing young people’s composition skills. I was blown away by the young people’s ideas and good vibes. Some of the feedback I got was great, and was nice to see some of the younger participants’ confidence really grow!

Here’s some audio:

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Safari Life: written in a day, based on a drum ostinato played in an improvised ostinato exercise I always use.

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Our version of Summer Time, I led the rhythm section, or they led me lol! Huw lead horns, Shereece led the singers.

Thanks to Katy G and Jan P for their assistance and support!

………….Only a few more days to go before I get some time off to develop my own creativity, yay!

What I did today

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Phew! I had a busy day!

I went all the way to Wembley for a RPO education project lead by James Redwood – with 3 orchestral musos and 60 primary school students. It fused literacy, animals and myths – we learnt a song and played with rhythms, similes and alliteration.

James has so much energy and I loved the piece he composed for the school – really beautiful and I liked how he played with metre; the piece effortlessly slid from compound to simple time and back again.

Then I went jammed with fellow Spitalfields Trainee Animateurs, we went through community music exercises; mainly leading ensemble tasks, we also played through Humanoid again, again a rough copy, wrong notes et al., but I like how having tuba and clarinet improvising gives it a totally different feel. Here it is warts and all:

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I think once I have cleaned it up and had a proper practice with musos it will sound alright!

Then I went to the Huddleston centre in Hackney for a project called BAM; it is a ground breaking music club for those with Autism and special learning needs, aged between 15 and 25 years old. Participants are working with experienced practitioner Tina Pinder and poetess/writer Bunmi Ogunsiji.

Today we were given a picture of a swimming elephant (a beautiful pic where the elephant gracefully dives around the sea) and told to write a poem in small groups, participants recited it over a simple elephant plodding riff, I played mysterious sounding keys, facilitator Mick played slinky bass. My favourite line was about the elephant learning to swim at elephant and castle swimming pool – oh and using ‘trunk’ bands in deep water. You can hear swishing trunk sounds too!

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What a fun day! Yay!