On 13th and 14th January 2017, the Reid Concert Hall will host the second public event under ECA’s research network Concurrent, funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh to explore new understandings of improvisation between disciplines. The event follows on from Concurrent#1 in 2016. On that occasion, capacity audiences enjoyed an array of workshops exploring innovative ways for distinct improvisers to access each others’ practice and ground-breaking performances, documented on the Media page of the network website.
This year, activities get under way on Friday 13th January with talks from some of the collaborators on new work in progress, including development by Sophia Lycouris (ECA) of movement work in response to Edinburgh’s Botanic Gardens. Performances will follow integrating the sound world of the saxophone with live drawing and dance, including recent work by PhD student Christian Ferlaino, and new experimentation from the investigators leading the network, Graeme Wilson and Raymond MacDonald (Reid School of Music), with visual artist Emma Bowen (Garage gallery, Edinburgh).
On Saturday 14th, daytime workshops will include on-going work to integrate the improvisation of dance and music therapists. Performances between therapists Philippa Derrington, Nicky Haire, Becky White (all Queen Margaret University), Vicky Karkou (Edge Hill University) Suzi Cunningham (NHS Lothian) and non-therapists Su-a Lee (SCO, Mr McFall’s Chamber) and Mairi Campbell to query how performative expectations shape improvising. Adam Linson (University of Edinburgh) and PA Tremblay (University of Huddersfield) will contest boundaries between computer technologies and embodied musical performance, while Tara French (Glasgow School of Art) will explore barriers and opportunities presented by improvised singing or dancing, as perceived by participants in last year’s workshops. Peter Wiegold (Brunel University/Club Inegales) will work with dancers and musicians on a system of conduction to encompass both disciplines.
Performances in the evening of Saturday 14th will include the culmination of Peter Wiegold’s workshop, and more experimentation with strategies for cross-disciplinary improvising groups directed by Graeme Wilson, Raymond MacDonald & Cath Keay (School of Design). Saxophonist Franziska Schroeder (Sonic Arts Research Centre, Queens University Belfast) will perform with graphic input in an emerging electro-acoustic collaboration with ECA’s own Jules Rawlinson and Dara Etefaghi, Re-Breather. Attendance at all events is free but registration is required via Eventbrite.
In February, the Concurrent network will also present Concurrent#3, a week of talks, workshops and performances at Tate Liverpool, in collaboration with Edge Hill University.