Blending skateboarding, choral singing and the unique acoustic of skateparks, Tête à Tête and composer Samuel Bordoli team up with skaters and community choirs to make a real noise in Aberdeen, London and Glasgow, as part of PRS for Music Foundation’s first ever New Music Biennial, and Culture 2014 – the Glasgow Commonwealth Games Cultural Programme..
Music: Samuel Bordoli
Words and Director: Bill Bankes-Jones
Conductor: Osnat Schmool
Preview: The Independent
Free Event no booking required. Performances times will be posted soon, sign up HERE to join our mailing list and be the first to hear
Saturday 26 July, 20:00
Unit 23 Skatepark
The Old Bond, 45 – 50 Castlegreen Street
Dumbarton, G82 1JD
and the following weekend the film from Unit 23 will be shown at Glasgow Concert Halls.
Sunday 1 June
Transition Extreme, Links Road, Aberdeen AB24 5NN
Choir: University of Aberdeen and Sound
Skaters: Transition Extreme
Film Makers: Robert Gordon University
Preview: The Press & Journal
Preview: The Scotsman
Saturday 5 July
Unticketed free performance Saturday 5 July
Meet 17:50 in the Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer, Southbank, London
Blending skateboarding, choral singing and the unique acoustic of skateparks, Tête à Tête and composer Samuel Bordoli team up with skaters and community choirs to make a real noise in Aberdeen, London and Glasgow, as part of PRS for Music Foundation’s first ever New Music Biennial, and Culture 2014 – the Glasgow Commonwealth Games Cultural Programme.
An artistic first this project brings together local skaters with community choirs to create an innovative new performance that responds to the distinctive sounds of skateboarding. Each project takes place in local skateparks, with Samuel creating a piece that combines the percussive elements of skateboarding with the softer, more lyrical sounds of the choir.
The project culminates in 10 minute site specific performances for an unticketed audience, directed by Tête à Tête Artistic Director Bill Bankes-Jones and conducted by Osnat Schmool.
For the premiere in Aberdeen, co-produced by the sound Festival of New Music, a new community choir has been put together especially for the project by the University of Aberdeen and sound, which, under the direction of Bill Bankes-Jones from Tête à Tête, will collaborate with skaters from Transition Extreme Skatepark, and film students from Robert Gordon University. The project is supported by Vibrant Aberdeen.
Following a performance at the Southbank Centre with the Roundhouse Choir and local skaters on 5 July, the project returns to Scotland on 26 July for a performance at the UK’s largest indoor skatepark, Unit 23 in Dumbarton perform with with The Sirens of Titan Choir.
The Grind performances are free unticketed events. Watch this space to confirmation of performance times.