CAMBRIDGE LIVE TEAMS UP WITH CAMBRIDGE FILM FESTIVAL FOR FILM PREMIERE AS PART OF SYD BARRETT CELEBRATIONS



Cambridge Live has announced that it is teaming up with the Cambridge Film Trust to premiere a series of films about both Syd Barrett and the Swinging Sixties at the 2016 Cambridge Film Festival, as part of its celebrations of the life and work of Syd Barrett who passed away on the 7th July 2006.

The centrepiece will be a film, entitled ‘Get All That Ant?’, a free form documentary filmed by a former school friend and fellow art student of Syd Barrett’s, Anthony Stern.

The documentary feature is made up of film footage, stills and archive footage taken during the 1960s and filmed in Cambridge, London and San Francisco. With the majority of footage having never been seen before, the film includes live performance footage and stills from The Rolling Stones, The Doors, Pink Floyd and Donovan as well as footage of friends and colleagues of Syd Barrett including Iggy Rose, the girl on The Madcap Laughs album sleeve and former girlfriends Libby Gausden and Jenny Spires.

The film will premiere as part of a series of film screenings about Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd on Friday 21st October at the Cambridge Guildhall as part of the 36th Cambridge Film Festival which runs from 20th – 27th October.

In addition to the film premiere, Cambridge Live has teamed up with ISpySydinCambridge.com who are offering Syd Barrett-themed walking tours of Cambridge on the weekend of the concert. Led by former school friends of Syd Barrett, Stephen Pyle and Warren Dosanjh, the tours trace some of the key places in the city relevant to the life of the former Pink Floyd guitarist including his former family home, his school, as well as David Gilmour and Roger Water’s ’s family homes.

The film premiere and walking tours are part of a series of previously announced celebratory events about former Pink Floyd member Syd Barrett centered around the unveiling of a piece of public art, commissioned in collaboration with Syd Barrett’s family, on Thursday 27 October inside the Cambridge Corn Exchange (the location of his final ever live performances). Following the art unveiling is a live concert entitled ‘Syd Barrett – A Celebration’ featuring Swedish group Men on the Border backed by the Sandviken Symphony Orchestra, with lighting from original Pink Floyd lighting designer Peter Wynne-Wilson.

Tickets for the film screenings and the walking tours will be available from

https://www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/

Speaking about the premiere of ‘Get All That Ant? Filmmaker Anthony Stern said “The film came about after a diagnosis of Parkinsons encouraged me to make sense of the last fifty years of my life. Delving through my cellar, I found suitcases full of Nagra tapes, film reels and over 7000 still photographs from the period 1963 – 1970. This film is a homage to that time, capturing the dreams, memories and reflections that sprung from a moment when we really thought we could change the world. Fifty years on, I’m starting to think these values are starting to reemerge”.

Cambridge Live Operations Director Neil Jones said “It’s great to link the world premiere of Anthony Stern’s film to this year’s Cambridge Film Festival. The footage in the film has locked away for over 4 decades and makes for an incredible documentary of the Swinging Sixties by a man who was at the very heart of the scene and captured it all first hand. Along with other films about Syd Barrett it should make for a fantastic evening”.

Forever a Day
London-based Alternative Rock/Pop singer-songwriter Sir. O is marking his debut LP release, 'Forever + a Day', alongside the release of a new single, ‘Lost’, taken from the album.

'Lost'is an alternative rock duet, performed alongside singer-songwriter Lir Shilton, who is also Sir. O’s other half.As hinted in the track’s title, the song is about getting lost in the world, a well-known feeling we all share.The melancholic lyrics come across in perfect harmony with the vocals and peaks with the powerful line “On the outside I’m alive, on the inside I’m dead”. ‘Forever + a Day’is a 12-track LP perfectly combining alternative rock hymns and pop ballads. Sir.O’s reflective songwriting is marked exceptionally throughout the album, blending with a refreshing yet familiar 90s britpop sound.With vibrant drums and guitars, the songs are beautifully shaped by a layered production that grants‘Forever + a Day’ its distinct atmosphere.

Having shown great promise with his previous EP and single releases, Sir. O has already been highlighted as one of the most interesting emerging artists in the UK.His debut single ‘Please Stop Talking’ was played on BBC London and was added to SubTV playlist, alongside singles from Noel Gallagher, The Prodigy and more.With headline sets at stunning venues such as O2 Academy Islington and Birmingham, as well as support for the likes The Subways, it is no wonder his songs were played on over 100 radio stations worldwide.

Sir. O has received public recognition from Britpop legend Rick Witter (Shed Seven) who played him on his radio show. He recently supported Mark Morriss (The Bluetones) live at Surya, London. His ‘GoPro Sessions’ project was praised by GoPro Company, band A-ha and featured on the American ‘Acoustic Guitar’ magazine.

http://www.mishmishrecords.com
http://www.sir-o.com
http://tour.sir-o.com/
http://soundcloud.com/sir-o



Forever A Day

John Otway joins line-up at Chichester’s Priory Park Festival




John Otway, the self-styled British legend who has made a very successful career out of being Rock ‘n’ Roll’s Greatest Failure, joins the line-up at this year’s Priory Park Festival Chichester.

A man renowned for glorious deeds of derring do, improbable schemes, taking on the mighty WEA record label, never letting failure get in the way AND having two hits, John Otway brings his own unique show to Chichester on Saturday July 9th.

Otway is currently working on being the next artist to record at the famed studios in Montserrat – he’s just mounted a Kickstarter campaign to prevent having to record in Harlow (the alternative).

Obviously I would prefer it to be Montserrat,” he says. “I wondered why, after all those great albums were recorded there, no-one had been back for years. Then I discovered that the island had been hit first by a hurricane and then by a volcano. But, although the old Air Studios are now derelict, the studio in the basement of Sir George Martin’s house is sound – it just needs rebuilding.

If the campaign is successful – and it’s certainly looking to be that way - John Otway will be the first international act to record on Montserrat since the Rolling Stones recorded Steel Wheels.

The new album follows the release of two autobiographies, Cor Baby That’s Really Me and I Did It Otway, and the documentary on Otway’s life – Rock ‘n’ Roll’s Greatest Failure: Otway The Movie.

Screened at both Leicester Square and at the Cannes Film Festival, the film proved a surprise hit with screenings across the country and much critical acclaim. The Guardian gave it a four star review while their readers’ Best Film poll voted it No 2, second only to Gravity.

John Otway’s addition to the bill confirms this eclectic new festival’s place as a must-go-to-event. He joins other music stars playing across the three days including Seth Lakeman, Sophie Ellis Bextor, The Feeling, the Manfreds, PP Arnold and Zoe Rahman and Courtenay Pine.

The second, Guildhall, stage at the Chichester weekend also holds gems of its own. With a series of famous speakers it should prove a unique literary event in its own right.

Featuring music, poetry and talks, some of the star attractions include Dame Esther Rantzen talking about 30 years of Childline, Glyn Johns being interviewed about his star studded production career and Pink Floyd aficionado Glen Povey discussing that famous band.

It also features the Sussex Alphabet, a unique collaboration between the South Downs Authority, young people from schools throughout Sussex and experienced writers such as Dr June Goodfield.

Various ticket prices apply and the second stage sessions at the Guildhall can be purchased separately. As a special educational offer, on a first come, first seated basis, school children will be able to attend these Guildhall sessions for £1 each.

All tickets are available on line at www.chichesterlive.co.uk or in person from the Festival Box Office Cloisters Shop, Cathedral Cloisters, Chichester, PO18 1PX (open Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm). 01243 813595.


Supporting the LGBTQ community

STAY WILD RELEASE SINGLE "BLOSSOM" FOR CAUSE



Apple Valley, CA (June 13th, 2016) - Panic State Records was founded on the ideals that music can make a change in the world. In two weeks, Panic State Records is releasing one of the most important records in the labels history by the California Punk/Hardcore band Stay Wild.

Stay Wild are outspoken proponents to all of the ideals that Panic State Records were founded on. In response to the disgusting and pointless loss of life in Orlando, Florida, we have decided to make their song "Blossom" available for download as a "Pay-What-You-Want" option. Panic State Records and Stay Wild will be donating 100% of all sales of "Blossom" to the families affected in Sunday's shooting. On top of that, Panic State Records will be donating 10$ from every Stay Wild - "Feminist" shirt sold for the month of June (https://panicstaterecords.bandcamp.com/m…/stay-wild-feminist)

Listen here:



Here is what Nick Riggs (Vox/Guitar) of Stay Wild had to say:
"We're releasing this brand new song early (name-your-price) in order to donate proceeds to those affected by the mass shooting in Orlando, FL on June 12th.
Our other songs will be available along with this one on our new EP livelearnlove on June 24th, via Panic State Records.
Homophobia just caused America's deadliest mass shooting. This was an attack on love and the freedom to love another human being. We were devastated. Our queer brothers and sisters are constantly the target of discrimination and violence. This happened on such a large scale, but smaller instances take place consistently around the world, in your state, in your city and in your community. Whether someone is ostracizing another for having a same-sex partner, threatening a woman entering a bathroom because she may have identified as a man in the past, or calling someone a faggot, its all f***ing disgusting.
It all comes from the same place that helped produce this massacre. This song was not written to urge anyone to change their beliefs, but rather as a statement of solidarity with the LGBTQ community. People choose to be on the wrong side of history quite frequently. Those who can acknowledge human progress and wish to associate themselves with the ideology that gay folk are people too, they will come around.

In the meantime, we'd rather voice our support for an empowered community of our beautiful, smart, loving brothers and sisters. While writing the lyrics for this song, I (Nick), was seeing my best friend and our bass player Jehiah struggle with coming to terms with his bisexuality. This is one if the strongest people I know who was battling with something that should be so simple. Unfortunately, due to our society, social stigmas, and some intense lingering religious brainwashing, it wasn't the easiest task for him, and It was very hard to see him fight with it. That definitely came out in the song. I don't think there's too much to say about why we decided to release this song early for this cause.

The three of us that make up Stay Wild experience social privileges. We are young, white, male, and mostly cis. We will most likely never go through the types of hardships that most of the LGBTQ community regularly endures. We know that these donations will never help repair the damage that has been done, but we hope to at the very least financially alleviate those affected in any way that we can.

To the victims of this tragedy, to the families who had their beautiful wives, husbands, sisters, brothers, daughters and sons taken away from them so abruptly for no reason, to the LGBTQ community, we admire you deeply. And we will forever be by your side."


**Panic State Records is a Vinyl-only record label from New Jersey supporting rad music from all over, and most proceeds go to charity. Visit panicstaterecords.com for more info.**

Artist – Carina Round
Album Title – Deranged to Divine
Release date – July 19th 2016
Label: Do Yourself In

This self curated collection from Wolverhampton born Carina Round, brings together, for the first time, material spanning from 2001 to 2015 taken from her first four critically acclaimed albums: ‘The First Blood Mystery’, ‘The Disconnection’, 'Slow Motion Addict’, ‘Tigermending’, as well as the EP 'Things You Should Know’, home to the included track ‘For Everything a Reason’ which featured on the TV series ’American Horror Story: Murder House’. Complimented with two previously unreleased recordings, the bewitching ‘Gunshot’ and an alternate version of the track ‘Want More’, this collection perfectly illustrates the uniqueness of Round’s voice, barbed wire lyrics and a catalogue of haunting and beautiful songs. As one of the UK’s most enigmatic songstresses and extraordinary performers, Round’s music has also won her fans and collaborators amongst highly regarded musicians including Maynard James Keenan, Lou Reed, Ryan Adams, Billy Corgan, Dave Stewart and Brian Eno, amongst many others. ‘Deranged to Divine’ is a retrospective not only for Carina's passionate fan base, who have avidly supported her musical output and extensive touring, celebrating her as one of Britain’s most evocative, diverse and restless artists. For Carina, now based in California and currently working on a new solo record, ‘Deranged to Divine’ also serves as the ideal introduction to her work as a solo artist to fans of Puscifer, the electro-industrial alterna-sunstrokers founded by Tool’s Maynard James Keenan, of which Round is also a member. Puscifer are currently enjoying international success with their recent album 'Money Shot’ and it’s accompanying sold out tour. Beautifully packaged, with career spanning imagery by acclaimed photographers and a complete set of lyrics selected and compiled by Carina, 'Deranged to Divine' is a terrific addition to anyone’s record collection, and an essential one to any fan of Carina Round.

Tracklisting

01. You Will Be Loved
02. Into My Blood
03. Backseat
04. Girl and the Ghost
05. Elegy (US Version)
06. Gunshot
07. Come to You
08. You and Me
09. Downslow
10. Message to Apollo
11. Slow Motion Addict
12. Overcome
13. Want More (Alternate Version)
14. How I See It
15. For Everything a Reason
16. Lacuna (Radio Version)
17. Mother’s Pride
18. The Secret of Drowning / Previously Unreleased / Vinyl Debut

Pre-Order on iTunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/deranged-to-divine-itunes/id1119504638?app=itunes&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Links –
Website: http://www.carinaround.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/carinaround
Twitter: https://twitter.com/carinaround
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/carinaround/

Set to play WOMAD this year, multi-award winning Afro-pop songstress Wiyaala has come a long way since her humble background growing up in the small Ghanaian village of Funsi.



“She’s the only woman in the world singing in Sissala – and she will mesmerize you” CNN Africa

“Wiyaala is a feisty young woman from northern Ghana, bursting with attitude and drive” BBC News – World – Africa

‘Sweet-soft-traditional-piggy-tailed-girl-gone-BAD-and-sexy-secularly-fierce-looking-rock-chick’ – Africa on the Blog


The last few years have seen Wiyaala rise from rags to riches. Now on the cusp of becoming a worldwide star, the singer hopes to inspire others by spreading her message of love and peace, whilst also raising awareness of the injustices still taking place to this day in third-world countries all over the world.

Her new self-titled album Wiyaala has already received nationwide success in Ghana. She now hopes to establish a global audience.

Stream the single ‘Peace’ from the album here on Soundcloud:

https://soundcloud.com/wiyaala/peace


The record is a selection of vibrant Afro-pop anthems sung largely in Sissala, but with a poppy catchiness inspired by Western Culture.

As the singer explains: ‘My album is the product of my environment as a young girl growing up in a West African Village at a time when the influences of Western TV and video first impacted on the African villager …You are hearing my African heritage fusing with the sounds and techniques of western production.’

Wiyaala rose to recognition after coming first place in a 2012 Vodafone Icons reality show as part of the group Black n Peach, a year earlier emerging as the second runner-up in Ghana’s Stars of the Future talent show. She has become famous despite little radio airplay, rejecting the music industry’s ruthless commercialist side and becoming famous as a result of her live performances and what she stands for. Grace Jones, Tina Turner and Angelique Kidjo are artists that she is sometimes compared to.

Often referred to as the ‘Young Lioness of Africa’, she has become renowned for her activism, working to abolish child marriage and abuse in her home continent as well as campaigning for women’s right to education – freedoms that we take for granted here in the Western world.

Her fierce ideals are a result of her impoverished upbringing and being a first-hand witness to social injustice. ‘At school, I have seen young teenage girls pulled out of the classroom to be married off. The next time you see them they are pregnant and selling pepper in the market… When I was small, we were often hungry. Sometimes we would catch a mouse, roast it and share it amongst 3 or 4 children.’
She is currently working on projects with The Ministry of Gender and Child Protection and UNCEF in Ghana.

Her debut album ‘Wiyaala’ is out now

Stream the single ‘Timbanayi’ from the album here on Soundcloud:

https://soundcloud.com/wiyaala/tinambanyi-here-we-come


Watch the video for ‘Leno’ from the album here:


Links:

https://www.facebook.com/wiyaala
https://soundcloud.com/wiyaala
https://twitter.com/Wiyaala
http://wiyaala.com/


"Infused with slowly unfurling, hypnotic loops, menacingly creeping to fast-paced electronics, trip-hop-inflected beats, winding to shimmering synths, a plethora of melodic noise, and Maddox’s broodingly hazy, lightly dazed vocals" - Jen Dan, Rebel Noise


Alternative electronic maverick producer Dean Garcia, the musical mastermind behind seminal alternative rock band Curve and electronic dream pop duo SPC ECO, has joined forces with Preston Maddox of post-punk noise-rock band Bloody Knives in a new project, called S T F U.

Their debut LP ‘What We Want’, slated for release on July 29, is laced with unfolding hypnotic loops that gradually progress to uptempo electronics, trip-hop laden beats, lush noise entwined with shimmering synths, and Maddox’s hazy trance-like vocals.

The title track ‘What We Want’ is also the first single. “My favorite thing about this track is it has a filthy quality to it that is essential, like being immersed in the pollution of our dystopian future where everything is covered in layers and layers of filth,” says Preston Maddox.

“W W W took about three months from beginning to end to conceive and record. Without a doubt, this is the most painless and connected record I have made outside of my close family. A surprising inspiring and joyful set of events and recordings,” explains Dean Garcia. “It kind of made itself as in there was never any doubt or soul searching as to what it should could or want to be. It just was its own self from start to finish, we just made it happen."

Apart from his nearly 15-year history with Curve and his decade long project SPC ECO with daughter Rose Berlin, Dean Garcia has also toured the world several times and recorded multiple albums with such established artists as Eurythmics, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck, Bryan Ferry, Sinead O'Connor and Ian Dury. Apart from Preston Maddox's involvement in Bloody Knives and S T F U, he will also be playing bass with UK punk band Conflict on their upcoming US tour.

While their many commonalities and common circle of friends are what originally brought these two artists together, the debut S T F U album came to life in two separate studios. London is now home for Dean Garcia, while Preston Maddox is based in Austin, Texas.

“There is an advantage to being able to do what you want on your own musically. It puts you in the position to always work with someone because you want to, not because you have to, and I'm very fortunate to have that,” explains Preston Maddox. “Making cool music is the most important thing, and when you are working with the right people its the easiest thing to do too.”

‘What We Want’ is being made available via the S T F U Bandcamp. It also features a free hidden gem, called 'Paralyzed', which was recorded around the same time as the other songs on this album and features separately on the M A D album 'Slow Mo' with Steve Monti (Curve, Jesus & Mary Chain). Find it at http://mad-hq.bandcamp.com.



Keep up with S T F U
http://www.facebook.com/stfu.ufc

Cinematic in atmosphere and brimming with carnivalesque creativity, Circus is the brand new exciting EP from experimental pop artist Daisy and The Dark (aka Sarah Kayte Foster).



'Somewhere between the ghostly gliding & luscious laments of Kate Bush, the boldness of Björk and the haunting images of Kylie Minogue floating in a lake, comes Sarah Kayte Foster.' – Backseat Mafia

Resplendent, bold and ambitious. It’s her daringness to experiment - and those ethereal, oscillating vocals – that sets Daisy and The Dark apart’ – Chart Shaker

Previously a member of classical chart-topping band the Mediaeval Baebes for five years, Sarah left the band in 2014, after charting at No. 8 in the UK Classical Charts with the double album ‘Of Kings and Angels’.

She has since poured her musical talent into a solo career as Daisy, performing theatrical shows at Secret Garden Party and the Royal Albert Hall, and releasing her 2015 debut EP ‘Red Planet’ as a new interactive app which IBM called ‘the best collaboration between music and technology I’ve seen in a long time.’ The record went on to receive a whole host of online coverage, garnering praise from the likes of SupaJam, Chart Shaker and Noizze.

Her new EP ‘Circus’ is set for release July 8th.

Stream lead single ‘Circus’ here:

A vibrant video directed by BAFTA award winning Shreepali Patel accompanies lead single and title track ‘Circus’, with cinematography coming courtesy of award-winner Nicola Daley - making it one of the few music videos to have an all female team at the helm.

Sarah’s creative energy extends beyond music and she has worked extensively as a professional actress, as well as creating artwork, videos, costume and performance art all inspired, like her songs, by her great love of cinema and magic.

Her ethereal and other-worldly style is sure to appeal to fans of artists like Kate Bush, Bjork, FKA Twigs, Bat for Lashes and David Bowie.

Circus EP will be released on July 8th via Foster's own label, Red Planet Records, and she will play a special free show at Miranda, Ace Hotel London on July 8th to mark the release. For limited free guest list contact mailto: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Links:

https://twitter.com/DaisyandtheDark
https://www.facebook.com/DaisyAndTheDark/
https://soundcloud.com/daisy-and-the-dark



LEARN NEW SKILLS WITH OVER 80 ACTIVITIES AND ADVENTURES BY DAY AND AN UNANNOUNCED ECLECTIC MUSIC LINE-UP BY NIGHT



The sound of mallets on tent pegs is echoing around the woods, the tannoys are crackling as the radio station goes live on air and adventurers from across the country are descending on Kent for the second edition of Wildfire Adventure Camp.

Being the UK’s only truly unique festival (Questival), as of Friday 17th June the idyllic forest setting in Sevenoaks, Kent will be inhabited by intrepid festival-goers who embrace the ethos of ‘Only The Curious’.

Daytime sees Adventurers embracing new skills - some traditional, some modern – and earning their hedonistic evening party pursuits. From sword fighting, to high wire ropes, to naked knitting Wildfire packs more new experiences into a weekend than most people will try in a lifetime.

As night falls and the forest parties begin, Wildfire comes to life with a secret musical lineup curated by the team behind LeeFest. For those who’ve earned it there’s the equally secret Officers Mess Party where camp leaders invite an exclusive group of campers to indulge in an evening like no other. Secret sets, lashings of moonshine and badges of honour make this the place to be. Will you do enough to be one of the chosen few?

Maybe you’re looking for love? Jump into Cupid’s Singles Club, where like-minded campers meet at Wildfire. There are plenty of specially curated chances for love to blossom over the course of the weekend.

Wildfire Adventure Camp is packed full of alternative experiences, with activities, adventure and opportunities to pique the curiosity in all of us. Nipple Tassel Making, Go Go Dancing, Naked Knitting, Extreme Water Slides, Whip Cracking, Catapult Wars, Bee Keeping, Escape Cabins, High Wire Ropes, Wood-Fired Hot Tubs and the Leap Of Faith are all newly announced activities that will inspire, educate and provide some of the most memorable festival moments of the summer.

Wildfire offers over 80 activities, all included within the full weekend ticket price including:

Bushcraft
Knots // Primitive Fire Lighting // Bivouac Building // Trap Setting // Survival Techniques // Wild Game Preparation And Cookery

Expeditions
Rambling // Treasure Hunts // Horse Riding // Adventuring

Health & Wellbeing
Massage // Sauna Building // Hot Tubs // Naked Tea Tent // Mindfulness // Yoga

Adventure Sports
Cycling // Raft Building // Archery // Knife Throwing // Circus Skills // Climbing // Sword-Fighting // Yoga // Rifle & Pistol shooting // Stand Up Paddle Boarding // Tug Of War // Slipslide // Crazy Golf // Crossbows // Whip Cracking // Axe Throwing // Self Defence

Science & Engineering
Astronomy // Rocket Building // First Aid // Catapults // Photography // Radio

Artistry
Screen Printing // Life Drawing // Watercolouring // Acrylic Painting // Knitting // Paper Craft // Mask Making // Jewellery Smithing // Bow Making // Photography // Macrame // Wood Whittling

Watch the trailer below:


As Wildfire Adventure Camp draws nearer and nearer, only 50 tickets remain for the true alternative weekend of the summer.

With standard weekend tickets completely sold out, a limited number of spaces remain for the class of 2016, making Wildfire one of the most in-demand weekends of the summer. Final “Snail Pace” tickets are available now, so don’t miss out on a “Questival” experience like no other.


Final Last Chance Tickets Are Available From £160 (+ Booking Fee):
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wildfire-adventure-camp-2016-tickets-20040502683#tickets

‘2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal’ is the title of the latest piece from Spanish-born British composer Toni Castells


Which will have its world premiere at St. James’s Piccadilly, London, on the 6th of July 2016 at 7.30pm.

The piece features the composer’s trademark blend of classical ensembles, operatic voices and electronica/sound art, described as Massive Attack meets Mendelsohn by Ben Roberts from industry magazine London Tourdates and Morricone meets Satie by Michael Haas, who produced prize-winning recordings with major classical artists including Zubin Mehta, Mstislav Rostropovich, Daniel Barenboim, Cecilia Bartoli and Luciano Pavarotti.


‘2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal’ takes its name from the eponymous Time Magazine article by Lev Grossman (Grossman 2011). The article explores Google’s chief engineer Ray Kurzweil’s view on technological singularity, a point in time set in 2045 by the scientific community in which humans and machines will finally merge, converting us in basically machines, allowing us to stop ageing and live indefinitely. Through this paradigm of the future I explore my own views on mortality, death and the possibility of afterlife.

In 2013 I started writing the piece. I decided to focus my new research and work on the topic of ‘death’ as, as I grew older and having experienced poor health during my 30s, I became more and more aware of my own mortality and, I have to admit, I grew increasingly more terrified of the idea of dying. Discovering Singularity and Kurzweil’s paradigm of the future seemed the answer to all my worries, I just had to make it until 2045 and let technology overcome the problem. The piece at first became a celebration of singularity, of technology overcoming man’s biggest fear and finally liberating us from death, but the more I researched the topic, going deeper and deeper into the subject and reflecting all that research into the new music I was creating, my perspective on ‘death’ changed dramatically.

I started analysing reports of near-death experiences that have been documented in various studies around the world. In 1982, a Gallup survey indicated that approximately 8 million adults in the United States alone had had a near-death experience, most of them actually shared the same experiences and characteristics. The findings from this research alone were transformative, together with the different ways in which humanity during history has dealt with death in different cultures and traditions. When you look at the hard data and take a wider perspective, it’s strange to see that, as a society, we’ve adopted such distorted perspective of death, one that creates in us unnecessary fear and suffering in individuals.

It became clear to me that there is beauty in the idea of dying, that we cannot separate life from death and that it is the imminence of death that gives beauty and purpose to our lives. When every moment can be our last, things become more beautiful and more intense. The song and closes the piece, Passing on the Torch, based on the words of philosopher Alan Watts, sums it up quite well:

“So therefore in the course of nature once we have ceased to see magic in the world anymore, we are no longer fulfilling nature’s game of being aware of itself. There's no point in it anymore, and so we die, and so something else comes to birth which gets an entirely new view. It is therefore not natural for us to wish to prolong life indefinitely. But we live in a culture where it has been rubbed into us, in every conceivable way, that to die is a terrible thing. And that is a tremendous disease from which our culture in particular suffers.”

So ‘2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal’ reflects this personal journey of mine. I think that this transformation that happened inside of myself cannot be done alone at a rational level, at some point I had to feel it. Thus those feelings are into the music and I hope that the audience can feel through it my experience and have the chance to reflect on this issue themselves. I have lost all fear of dying, whenever my time is, I will be ready, “with clean hands and straight eyes”, quoting a Native American prayer from Chief Yellow Hawk that has also made into the piece.

Some interesting details of the piece: it is structured in 5 sections mirroring the five stages of a fruit tree, a metaphor of the cyclic nature of time and life. The first three sections (block 1) represent the process from life to death, the last two (block 2) open to door to immortality taking the cycle back to life again. All the individual segments that constitute the blocks follow the timings of the Fibonacci Sequence (1 1 2 3 5 8 13 21 45 55), imitating the way nature creates its structures using Fibonacci based sequences. The piece is exactly 55min long, with the two main blocks separated at the Golden Ratio at 34min.

A sample of the new piece, the composition ‘Slaves of Time’ sang by Volksoper lead soprano Rebecca Nelsen can be heard here:



The tickets of the show are sold via the St. Martin in the Fields box office at:
http://www.stmartin-in-the-fields.org/2045

Cast for the premiere:

Meeta Raval - Soprano
Oliver Gerrish - Countertenor
Helios Voices Choir
Mark Sproson - Choir Musical Director
Aquinas Piano Trio - Martin Cousin Piano, Katherine Jenkinson Cello, Ruth Rogers Violin
Olivia Duque Cor Anglais
Martin Stephens - Electric Bass
Mike de Groot - Electronics
Toni Castells - Keyboards and Percussion

British soprano Meeta Raval made her Royal Opera debut in 2015. Raval studied at the Royal Academy of Music and the National Opera Studio. She was a finalist in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition in 2011, and is the winner of the Dame Eva Turner Prize for ‘Soprano with Dramatic Potential’.

"Geniality and impeccable craftsmanship go hand in hand when it comes to Saint-Saëns's piano trios. This is music to enjoy, as the Aquinas Piano Trio clearly do in playing it...the Aquinas Trio are spot-on in interpretative instinct." Gramophone Review

Biography:

Toni Castells (born 3 January 1976) is a Spanish-born British composer based currently in London. Composer, multi-instrumentalist, engineer, producer and academic, electro-acoustic polymath Toni Castells defies definition. His sonic worlds transpire an inherited precocious classical training with an inventive use of modern technologies to create unique and distinctive soundscapes that have been compared to Morricone and Satie. Over the years Castells has become best known for his genre defying solo albums which sit on the fringes of the the ever burgeoning ‘neo-classical’ movement. His spiritually-charged live performances have been hailed as ‘life-changing’.

Norwegian indie band KMF (Kakkmaddafakka) spearhead their own unique effervescent sound on this summery single ‘Young You’.



This band has undeniable chemistry!’ – IndieBerlin

Kakkmaddafakka can get the muddy dance floors of the European festival circuit pumping – but they can prop you up against a tree to lounge in the midsummer sun, too.’ - Noisey

The song is a feelgood blend of groovy bass, bouncy pianos and breezy reverb-soaked vocals. You can feel the warm rays of the sun on your face whilst listening to it.

Listen to the single here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N50ugwIegBk

The band hail from the beautiful city of Bergen, where they have grown from a small local group to an internationally recognised act. Their Facebook page currently has over 151, 000 likes.

Having toured all over the world, KMF regularly play to 5000 fans at their own club shows across the continent and have appeared at and headlined stages at renowned festivals such as Melt! Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival, Arenal Sound in Spain and Hurricane Festival. With support constantly coming their way, they seem destined to continue onwards and upwards and are not likely to stop until their out the stratosphere.

The group proclaim themselves to be ‘sauna extremists’, having gone so far as to perform naked in a sauna once on Norwegian national news!

Amongst sauna-extremism, the band’s other hobbies include football, gaming and Djing (two of the members Axel and Pål run a popular club concept ‘Klubben’ and a hip hop night in Bergen – proof of a band with eclectic musical tastes).

On May 31st the band performed an exclusive UK show at the prestige O2 Academy Islington.

‘Young You’ is out May 13th and is set to appear on the group’s upcoming self-titled album KMF set for release today (June 3rd).

Links:

https://soundcloud.com/kakkmaddafakka
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuBabbpsL4gvTfFjdHuSN0g
https://www.facebook.com/kakkmaddafakkamusic
https://twitter.com/kakkmaddafakka
http://www.kmfband.com/


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