Friday 22nd March 2024
The Centre, Newlyn
Full price £11, Unwaged £8
Sound artist, nature beatboxer and composer Jason Singh performs his live soundtrack to John Grierson’s monumental silent documentary film Drifters.
Drifters follows North Sea herring trawlermen through their dramatic daily routines and the industry’s struggles between tradition, modernity, and nature.
Originally commissioned by BFI, Jason’s critically acclaimed solo score combines live vocal sound effects, beatboxing techniques and live sampling to create a thrilling cinematic experience.
Weaving ghostly fragments of the south west seine fishing heritage alongside atmospheric visuals by Common Ground, Sarah and local guest artist Julie Macara premiere new poetic and musical work Seiners.
Real conversations, records, walks and memory talks form inspiration for this series of sketches that remember fishing communities, seine boats and everyday life along the coast to link the story of these communities to the wild coastal seasons and cycles of mackerel, salmon and pilchards once fished in Dorset, Devon and Cornwall; where voices and music drift into the memory sea.
Jason Singh is a sound artist, nature beatboxer, producer, DJ, facilitator and performer. His work is an ongoing exploration of the natural word, voice, spatial audio and music technology which includes live performance, installations, sound walks, radio broadcasts, music workshops and DJ sets. He is referred to as the “human sampler” by Cerys Matthews (Radio 6) and his immersive soundscapes have been called “ strange, calming music” by nature writer Robert Macfarlane. Singh’s collaborations and commissions include a diverse range of organisations and artists including BBC, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, V&A Museum, WOMAD, Kew Gardens, Chester Zoo,SONOS, BFI, Celtic Connections, RNLI, National Trust, Tate Britain, Sir David Attenborough, George Ezra, Big Narstie, Yazz Ahmed, Shabaka Hutchings, Natacha Atlas, Sarathy Korwar, Nitin Sawhney, Talvin Singh and Rokia Traore.
Sarah’s work includes collaborative performances, community theatre, myth-making and socially engaged arts projects. She has received commissions from Dorset AONB and Stepping into Nature and long-standing partnerships with local museums, Dorset libraries, and Alzheimer’s memory cafes. Her recent book, Seining Along Chesil (Little Toller, 2022) captures memories, voices and stories of Dorset Seine fishing traditions. She is founder of the Heart of Stone oral history project about quarrying on Portland. She lives in Devon.
Julie Macara is a multi-media visual artist, composer and musician living in West Cornwall. She writes both classical and electronic music, focusing on the contrast between urban and nature. Her most recent works include a composition for RE-Voice, performed at the Tate St Ives; and a musical score for We’ve Been Here, exhibited at the Hall for Cornwall.