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Sonic Vistas: gearing up for a performance at Liberty Festival with Sophie Partridge / 24 July 2015

We, Sonic Vistas are organically consolidating as a group. And we couldn't be more different as artists and personalities, yet it works beautifully. And the key aspect of that, is in how we develop and construct our songs in their arrangement, with 7 of us in the band this is ...

Finding commonalities between global banking and disability arts / 22 July 2015

Never in a million years did I think that my job in the UK disability arts scene would take me to a trading floor of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, just off Times Square in New York City. Somehow that is exactly what happened yesterday as I accompanied artist Sue ...

Lloyd Coleman’s DAO commission ‘Towards Harmony’ is premiered by the Paraorchestra to an ovation from the audience / 6 July 2015

On Friday 3rd July at Colston Hall in Bristol the British Paraorchestra rounded off the Fast Forward music festival with an impressive concert. By way of introduction the Paraorchestra's founder and conductor Charles Hazlewood announced that Bristol is to be the new home of the orchestra to a roar of appreciation ...

“There’s no rule about what an artist should do” / 29 June 2015

Ahead of his first Edinburgh Fringe show Easy For You To Say, I met up with punk poet Rowan James to welcome him to my neck of the woods and find out his ambitions and motives behind the piece. Rowan has been based in Ipswich for many years but has come ...

Review: ‘Beneath the Streets: Lost & Found’ from Punchdrunk Enhance and Hijinx / 29 June 2015

Full disclosure: I’ve seen, and worked in, a lot of immersive and promenade theatre and its offshoots. Probably too much.* With companies like ShuntCarnesky's Ghost TrainYou Me Bum Bum Train and Punchdrunk leading the scene there have been some pretty awesome feats of ...

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Sonic Vistas, with accessible, deep, resonating sounds and beats / 29 June 2015

Sonic vistas, as both an arts project and a group/ band is developing beyond all my expectations. Over our past 2 sessions, it has been a privilege to work with such talented and creative artists/ musicians, Kris Halpin, Howard Jaques, Mik Scarlet, Rosie Vachat and rapper MC Geezer. And the ...

Worth Fighting For: The Rehearsal / 26 June 2015

I've taken part in two writing/performing workshops run by Link Up Arts at Salisbury Arts Centre, as mentioned in my last-but-one blog. As a result and by way of follow up, I was invited to take part in Salisbury Arts Centre's ...

Sonic Vistas: Live music ensemble with video projection / 15 June 2015

I had two creative passions in my late teenage years, songwriting and visual arts. It was the time of post punk, new wave and two tone, so naturally I opted for forming a band. Writing the songs and arrangements was an exciting process, but live performances were stressful. I found myself ...

Crowdfunding: Basics and Case Study / 9 June 2015

Proving wildly successful for some and a total wet fart for others, crowdfunding is a formulaic process that requires planning, perseverance and, preferably, an existing strong fanbase or audience for whatever it is you’re trying to achieve. It’s easy to focus on the funds, but without a crowd you ain’t gonna ...

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Our Tales Unveiled: Worth writing and fighting for / 7 June 2015

Over the last three months I did three Our Tales Unveiled workshops at Salisbury Arts Centre. These began with an excellent performance earlier involving Penny Pepper and Liz Porter. Penny's a writer; Liz is a story teller and singer. In Liz's workshop I reluctantly 'performed' a story about ...