Music of the Unseen – collaboration with Academy-Award nominated film maker and documentary maker B+ (Mochilla) to celebrate the music of composer-arrangers Charles Stepney and David Axelrod. It will culminate in an hour-long concert of interpretations of their music performed by a 17 piece ensemble including genre-liberated strings, horns and percussion with live visuals and experimental film in November 2022.
Flourish – (Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Festival), a short fanfare for Birmingham Music Services’ Brass ensemble.
Time Travel Tram (Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Festival) – soundtrack featuring stories from local Birmingham schools… “living history transforms into the 21st century by transforming the view from the tram windows into a 3D visual extravaganza of people and places from the region’s past.”
Arrangement of Hit or Miss by Odetta Holmes commissioned by Wild Plum Arts for Cheltenham Music Festival.
Twelve Tones (2018- 2019) Lead artist and shadow curator for a citywide participatory art project engaging communities across Birmingham and Solihull, exploring sound in relation to place and time in a series of artist-led workshops and sharing events. Twelve Tones is inspired by and contributing to the development of Susan Philipsz’s public artwork Station Clock.
for-Wards Practice-based research project that ran from 2014 to 2018, involving large-scale artistic collaborations with local residents to co-create and curate new music about Birmingham, UK.
Many Hands Make Light Work (2014) is a response to the Grubby Mitt’s The Politics of Friendship tour. Friendship, in my view, is an important facet of life; heart to heart bonds are what sustain human beings; when the chemistry is right it can uplift, when out of kilter it can cause suffering. This work reflects the notion of sharing the load; when shared, certain tasks may more enjoyable when done by oneself. The musicians not only perform together but also divide the preparation and cooking of a meal.
X – (2013) A collaborative performance between composer Bobbie Gardner, artist Matt Watkins and dub-griot Kokumo, revealing the various incarnations of Trinidad and Tobago-born self-styled black revolutionary and civil rights activist in 1960s London; how he transformed from Michael De Freitas into Michael X to Michael Abdul Malik.