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TK Music Lab: New collaboration between Cornwall and Romania launches

TK Music Lab is a musical exchange project for young people between Creative Kernow in Cornwall, UK and Music Hub in Sibiu, Romania.

TK Music Lab will bring young musicians from each side to share in the creation and implementation of a piece of music, a film and a written zine which will act as a documentation of the project and a toolkit for future projects. By bringing together musical artists and young people from both countries, we will allow them to express themselves, learn from one another, and share their stories.

We are delighted to be working with Matthew Thomason and Ryan Jones, our two fantastic Music Leaders for TK Music Lab.

Matthew Thomason (left) and Ryan Jones (right) are heading to Sibiu, Romania in July 2022 to meet our partners at Music Hub

Matthew Thomason is a composer for Film, Theatre and Dance currently living in Falmouth, Cornwall. Over the past 5 years, Matthew has been developing his career as a composer and has worked on: Long Way Back (o-region 2021); A Short Film About Ice (Black Cat Films 2020), HIRETH (o-region 2018), HAND (o region 2021), The One Memory of Flora Banks (Hall For Cornwall 2020), Our Youth Grows In A Wasteland (Urban Wilderness 2020), Gwlaskor (Hall For Cornwall 2018). In January 2021 Matthew released Digital Repetitions, an EP of ambient works.

Ryan Jones is a Producer, Music Teacher and Singer Songwriter based in Cornwall. In 2018 Ryan founded Kevrenna records and Flockabird live streaming platform, developing them especially for community music making and using music to limit loneliness, as an educational strategy to use poetry as a catalyst for song writing. Ryan is also the lead partner for Cornwall Music Education Hub in popular music and songwriting, and previous work includes producing live events at Eden Sessions.

The first TK Music Lab jam session in Sibiu, Romania

About TK Music Lab:

The project is funded by the British Council’s International Collaboration Grant, which has enabled us to connect with the team from a Romanian Music Hub, who we met during the launch of the fund. TK Music Lab will cement a partnership and a relationship between our two organisations. We will share teaching, learning, knowledge exchange and will create a hub for musicians and performing artists. Carn to Cove will teach the Music Hub how to organise events for rural areas, involving young people actively in the process. 

Artists and musicians from Romania and the UK will accompany a group of young people (aged 16-30), offering them the opportunity to express themselves, to learn from one another, to share their stories. We are really excited to be working with two amazing local music leaders, Ryan Jones and Matthew Thomason, who will lead the composition and film making elements with young people in Cornwall. They will travel to Romania in July to meet their musical counterparts and the group of young people in the Music Hub.

We aim to link generations to cooperate, work together, and inspire. Both groups of young people will include vulnerable young people, professional musicians, and talented artists; together they will:

  • Take the first steps of creating a hub
  • Develop learning their instrument or production skills
  • Practice peer teaching and learning together
  • Find out how to make a successful music hub, and begin to work on establishing a hub in Cornwall
  • Learn how to deliver music performances in the rural areas in Sibiu, Romania and Cornwall, UK.

We will also share the experience of a rural performance and a hub performance by the use of live stream and recording in 360 degree camera and ambisonic sound capture. This is an immersive experience where by positioning a camera and surround sound in a live space remote audiences can explore the space by accessing the 360 camera in real time.  Carn to Cove has trialled this experience which captures the feel of a village hall… not only from what is going on the stage but also looking around the audience present during the interval and the performance. 

During the project we will collaborate to produce a printed guide, in the form of a zine, which will act as a documentation of the project, and an advocacy tool and a toolkit for future projects. The Romania team will lead this part of the project, but all young people will contribute to the design and production of the zine and it will have an informal presentation, distinctive to the project.

Our partner in the project is Music Hub, based in Sibiu, Romania. Music Hub was created after the team won a competition of creative ideas. The team found the perfect place in the city, bought the musical equipment with the competition prize, got a lot of donated instruments from the artistic community in Sibiu, and started to organise over 50 events since 2018. Besides hosting events, Music Hub is also a rehearsal place where bands, artists and ordinary people come to rehearse, compose, try, sing, play and have fun. They think each city would be much more valuable having a Music Hub.

To find out more and to stay up to date with TK Music Lab and Carn to Cove, check our news posts or join our mailing list.

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