There are some amazing pieces coming up in Wintersound which takes place at The Ferret 6th and New Continental 7th December.
Full details here
One of the highlights of the event will be a performance of Speak no Evil the new collaborative piece directed by Justine Flynn and composed with Yr2 Music students and award winning poet Winston Plowes. Musiclan caught up with them in advance of the festival to find out about the new piece
JF: Speak no Evil is a directed piece in which poetry is the stimulus or score used to produce a brand new and original composition. This happens over a period of one week in which Winston provides a workshop, and I as director work with the ensemble to compose and rehearse the piece. At the end of the week the piece is professionally recorded in one of UCLan’s own recording studios by Joe Fossard.
M: Tell us about the poetry involved in the new piece.
WP: The entire lyrical output of The Cocteau Twins during their debut year of releases (Garlands - Album, Lullabies - EP, 1982) has been used as a word bank, an alternative lexicon to construct the three part poem used in this project. No extra words were added during composition although changes to tense and pluralisation may have been made. It will be interesting to see whether our music inspired by the found poem Speak no Evil maintains any ties to the music of Liz Frazer who wrote the words in the first place for The Cocteau Twins.
M: Why is working with outside artists so important for students on the course?
JF: It’s an intense week and a very rewarding one. Music does not exist as a lone entity and working with other artists and clients will give students the skills and experience needed to work within the Music Industry.
M: You have worked with UCLan Music for a number of years now. What keeps you keen to be involved?
WP: Yes, this is the sixth time I have worked with UCLan's second year BA Music students on this particular module of the course. For me it is a unique project where we explore the text of poetry together. It is very much a two way process in which I give up my work for reinterpretation and the students have something real and contemporary to work with. They can ask direct and searching questions about my process and words and together we arrive at answers. This year they wanted to use my voice reading the poem live in the actual performance which is a first. It's really rewarding to experience someone else's creative response to your own and the journey is never without surprises