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Jo-anne Cox

Engage and Interact is a research and development project by Jo-anne Cox, to create an audience interactive electric cello performance in partnership with Together! 2012 and DAO. The work is being developed with inclusion at its heart and will offer audiences new and exciting ways to engage with electric cello. The development of music and light technology for audience use is dedicated to friend and fellow DM Collaborate musician Sophie Partridge. The overall project is funded by Arts Council England. Interactive light technology is supported by Help Musicians UK and designed by creative technologist Charles Mathews.

Posts by Jo-anne Cox

A Together! 2012 artist, (a preofessional muscian) stands with a sound responsive lantern in each hand, whilst another Together!2012 artist improvises vocals usinga mic.

Engage and Interact workshops, Together! 2012 artists lead the way.

As part of my Engage and Interact,  there were two workshops with project partners Together! 2012 In this blog, I give an overview of what took place. The first workshop utilised the audio to light technology developed on the project by Charles Mathews and supported by Help Musicians. The small vibrotactile torch ...

Joanne plays cello, to the right of the picture BSL interpereter Laura Goulden, An audience member standing uses the ipad on a stand, an audience member wears a vibrotactile tabard

Audience Feedback shapes the future of Defiant Journey

I loved every minute of performing my scratch performance of Defiant journey at Stratford Circus. That is until near the end when basking with my cello under the beautiful lighting by David Abra and Charles Mathews I started to think, I have to write another funding application if I ever want ...

Standing right arm raised, (holding cello bow which was being used at the time to represent a sword, not sceene in picture) Wearing a plain burgundy colour dress with a light purple scarf tied around my waiste. Stage is dark except for two lanterns shining blue, BSL Interpteter in action. ) a sword - not in picture)

A Defiant Journey Emerges

Last April  I performed the first scratch of my show Defiant Journey at Stratford Circus Arts Centre. Supporting me with blogging, project partners DAO ask what I learnt and how did it meet my expectations? I have decided to answer this over several posts. In order to give  quality feedback, ...

Image shows Jo-Anne playing cello on a black stage, with a red spotlight. Photo credit: Oliver Cross

Defiant Journey – Scratch Performance, London, 11th April

Raucous red, vibrant orange, enshrouded in midnight blue. From the dark recesses, Dragon transmits a powerful and protective veil of sound and colour. Outside, ever-multiplying, plagues of recovery model robots and care company mercenaries lie in wait... A ground-breaking inclusive electric cello experience by Jo-anne Cox, a contemporary composer and DAO Blogger. Defiant ...

Audio Lighting with Charles Matthews

Drawing all the elements of my project together for a test performance next month, is challenging. Luckily I have such excellent project management and access support from Foteini Galanopoulou. Tactile sound, stage lighting, audience interactive lighting, cello reactive lighting, assistive music technology, dance ribbons, story. Yes it will all be ready ...

Together! 2012 Logo

Tactile Sound with Together! 2012

Music is vibration, music is colour, music is movement and music is sound! More ways to engage offer more ways in. Exploration of digital and non digital arts is a key part of developing my inclusive electric cello performance. I am so lucky to have been offered the chance to explore ...

interactive light, shining purple light with visible components.

The year long funding application!

Wow! It took me a year to fundraise for my project. I received the good news but my reaction was not as expected. Yes I was pleased, but utterly drained by the whole process. Another few days for it to sink in and I was really happy and excited. Fundraising is ...