Ali Barker: painter

Music, Painting and other Collaborations

Today, I met Ali Barker, an artist based in Liverpool. Ali paints from music references, as she also plays violin and viola, so she understands not just how visual arts work but also how music works. I really enjoyed the meeting today, talking about the two different sides of artists and musician; the precise and organised vs the creative and chaotic. Ali Barker’s work has a little bit of both. Her geometric paintings are a reflection of this “obsessive” side of creative individuals where everything has to be on time, pre-planned and well structured to be successful. Conversely, once a plan is established, it is needed some chaos and freedom for artists to experiment and achieve new stages, with new ideas and points of view. Ali’s freedom and intuitive perception are beautifully represented in her expressive collection of works. Finally, the layered paintings are a combination of both geometric…

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Georgi Gill: poet

Music, Painting and other Collaborations

Today, it has been a very productive day in terms of research. I had amazing meetings and feedback about my current work, I had my first contact with Freya Chambers, the clarinettist involved in my piece Triptych, and finally, the poet Georgi Gill (https://georgigill.blog) and I have started to work in Dans les noirceurs. We had very creative and inspiring meeting where we discussed the colour black, what is black in nature? in psychology? is it neutral or negative? How can the idea of emptiness from the colour black be translated into poetry or music in a different way than silence? These questions have made us think about the structure the work will follow, will it be divided into movements/acts?

A concept I got very interested in was the idea of the black mirror, a tool painters used to simplify colours and tonal range from surrounding objects. We also spoke about black…

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Black and Dans les noirceurs

Music, Painting and other Collaborations

One of the most ambitious and innovative projects I am working at the moment is Dans les noirceurs (provisional title). This project that will be present as a concert performance but also as an audiovisual installation will be the result of working with the poet Georgi Gill and the artist Èlia Navarro. Three of us will work around the concept of black. Is black a shadow? Is the lack of light? It is just another colour or all the colours? Which connotations have this colour had through History? Can be black used as a light as Henry Matisse proposed?  These questions are just the start of this project in which we are really looking forward to immerse ourselves.

More news and meetings coming very very soon.

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Merseyside Improvisors Orchestra Concert under the direction of David Leahy and with special guests Paloma Carrasco and Loz Speyer. 27/5. 8pm.

The Merseyside Improvisors Orchestra

David Leahy, bass player, composer, improvisor and contact dancer, who’ll be directing the orchestra this month writes about the concept behind the concert.

‘Musicians in space’ is based on the argument that the formal separation and the static positioning of the audience and performer does little to support a musical process, such as free improvisation, that is supposedly built on the close inter-relationship of all the elements of a performance ecosystem.
The Orchestra, needless to say are really excited about exploring his concept, and intrigued about how it will change the way we play and sound. Also for this concert we’ll be joined by old friends, the Spanish cellist and dancer Paloma Carrasco and trumpet player Loz Speyer. Loz returning again after directing the orchestra for their successful Sun Ra celebration and, Paloma after playing solo and with the orchestra for the concert in July 2016.

27th May. 8pm

Entrance £5…

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Philomela

Here is the recording of one of my last pieces, Philomela. Philomela has been an amazing project that started with the Rosamond Prize pairing of composers from the Royal Northern College of Music and poets from Manchester Metropolitan University. I really enjoyed creating this music for flute, mezzo-soprano, vibraphone and flute, from the inspiring poem by Georgi Gill. Since I listen Georgi reciting poems and talking about David Bowie I knew we needed to work together. This is Georgi’s blog so you can know her work a bit more: https://georgigill.blog

I hope you enjoy the poem and the music, we are both very happy with the result and soon we have more coming, something dark, very dark… and with more collaborators.