Recently I was honoured to be asked to be part of this years We As Art, We As Artists project for the 2013 Adelaide Fringe Festival called “Drawing Breath.”
I accepted the challenge which has then enabled me to be working with such artists as Mary Webb, Leon Hewer, Fergus O’Regan, Kelly Breuer, Michaela Burger and Sarah O’Brien.
I love them all, they’re a fantastic bunch of musicians to work with.
As mentioned on the Fringe website…
“Drawing Breath’, chapter two of collaborative project ‘We as Art, We as Artists’ blends original music, visual art and movement to provide you with a wholesome arts experience. Bathe in gorgeous six part harmonies, live art and story through movement. “…the best live music I have ever seen.” (Fringe Benefits).”
The main aspect about this performance that intrigued me the most is that each songwriter chooses two songs which are then re-arranged for Cello, Violin and up to 6 voices with each of us having to do the re-arranging ourselves using a notation program such as Sibelius or, its open source equivalent, MuseScore.
I chose “Jigsaw” and “Half Hearted Man” as my two songs and because of some time constraints I also wanted to re-arrange them myself using MuseScore.
I had to dig deep into my brain to find my Year 12 music theory knowledge but thankfully it was there where I left it and after I got the hang of operating MuseScore (which had its own steep learning curve) I was getting back into the swing of things again.
This whole exercise has re-ignited my interest in orchestral music in general.
We’ve got some intense rehearsals to get through before the opening night but from what I’ve heard so far it’s going to be a very inspirational time for me. I’m so far away from my musical comfort zone it’s scary but at the same time incredibly satisfying.
The three performances are on February 16th, 21st and 22nd at a new venue called Howl The Moon located at Dunston grove, Linde Reserve, Nelson Street, Stepney from 8pm.
Tickets are $21 with $15 for concession/fringe benefit members and $13 for kids.
For more information or to purchase tickets go to the Drawing Breath page on the Fringe website.
I’m so looking forward to this, I hope to see some familiar faces in the crowd.