Cross-genre ensemble Propellor present Loom touring project10:11, 15th April 2019
Daring 12-piece cross-genre ensemble Propellor, directed by clarinettist, composer and musical experimenter Jack McNeill, present their audio-visual touring project Loom with a first event at Birmingham Town Hall on Wednesday 8 May.
Including five dates across the UK from Spring 2019 to Summer 2020, and supported by Arts Council England and PRS Foundation Open Fund, the tour is the culmination of McNeill’s two-year placement on the Open Space residency programme at Snape Maltings and follows the premiere of the piece at the inaugural Festival of New at Suffolk’s creative campus in September 2018.
Challenging perceptions of artistic genre and traditional performance space, Loom is an hour-long immersive live experience combining virtuosic instrumental composition, live electronics, video projection and field recording. The sounds of waves, wetlands and straits map the human experience of water, charting its journey backwards from the sea to the sky.
The score and the accompanying sounds are the aural counterpart to interviews recorded in every location, where members of the audience tell of memories related to water. Loom is performed by the ensemble sitting around a pool screen, where illustrations by Bethan Lumb and photography by John Beatty are projected, with the audience invited to move around the space.
The first tour stop at Birmingham Town Hall, celebrating the 250th anniversary of Birmingham’s canal network, features special guest artists the Birmingham Community Gospel Choir.
Ensemble director McNeill says: ‘Propellor is a kind of updated chamber orchestra, an ensemble of collaborators from different musical worlds exploring projects that feel like they are for everyone, in exciting audio-visual environments. Loom is the start of that journey.’