Saturday 18th Nov
Family Playtime. 10 to 11.30am. free
Open invite to come and explore sound and song for young children and their families with Tamsin Mendelsohn
Lunchtime 12.30 Sonic Café featuring Alex Ward on clarinet. £4/3
This is a rare chance to hear one of the world’s finest free improvising clarinet players in a solo setting. Alex is a major figure in the British free improvisation scene, cutting his teeth with guitar maestro Derek Bailey and now playing all over the world
‘deft and utterly mesmeric’ The Guardian
Afternoon 2 – 4 pm Hullabaloo Improvising Orchestra. free
Come and join us in this workshop to create an improvising orchestra. Anyone can join in, with instruments, voice, electronics and what comes to hand. We will explore the idea of group improvisation, using games, strategies, graphic scores and more building to a short performance. Improvising orchestras exist all over the world, this is the start of creating one for Somerset and the South West
4.30, Informal concert by Improvising Orchestra. free
Hullabaloo – a festival of improvisation and sound. November 15th – 22th
Hullabaloo is a celebration of sound, music making and improvisation. The festival explores improvisation, how we ‘make it up as we go along’, a key part of our creativity, in music, in art and in life and invites people to join in. The festival also celebrates some of the wide range of music making and performance we have in Somerset and the South West. Events range from family workshops, performances by internationally recognized musicians, instrument makers, beatboxers, jazz and rock bands, electronica, debates, films and talks. Hullabaloo will be wild, unpredictable, fun and provocative, exploring the mysteries and paradoxes of ways of making music and sound that combine simple playfulness with extra- ordinary skill.
Hullabaloo is based at the CIC CIC in Taunton with a few other events in the area.
There are many ways to get involved, in our family workshops, improvising orchestra or choir, in painting, filming, drawing or writing along with the music being made or participating in the Thursday evening event, Spontaneous Combustion, mixing performance, games and debate. You could record and film some of the performances and send them into so we can create pieces and collages out of the weekends sound and performance. There will be a big white board at the events to gather comments, ideas and photos and a virtual space to share stuff on too.
The festival builds on the monthly improvisation nights held at the CIC Centre Taunton, events like ‘Surrounded by Sound’, similar gatherings in Bristol and Dorset and a history of experimental and improvised music in the South West. For more information contact Tim Hill, firstname.lastname@example.org 01823490219
There are no upcoming dates for this event.