Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Inclusive Creativity announces Rich Mix concert

4:42, 18th August 2017

Inclusive Creativity is to give a concert at London’s Rich Mix on 5 September.

Created by composer Frank Lyons, the organisation aims to level the playing field in performance and composition for disabled musicians by developing instrumental technology and methodologies that allow for side-by-side performance with professional musicians.

In 2015, three partner organisations (Walled City Music, Drake Music and St. Magnus International Festival) received funding from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation to develop a pilot participatory project using ‘inclusive creativity’ as its driving principle.

The project brought together musicians and composers and to research participant-led routes into collaborative music making. Lyons founded an ensemble of disabled and non-disabled artists – now known as Acoustronic – which regularly meet to improvise and compose music together in Derry/Lononderry, using assistive music technology (AMT) and more conventional musical instruments.

The Rich Mix performance will feature a performance of Lyons’ specially-commissioned work NonZeroSum and George Crumb’s Black Angels by Acoustronic and partner ensemble the Benyounes Quartet.

The London concert will be followed by a performance at the National Concert Hall in Dublin in November 2017. Both concerts are supported by PRS for Music’s ‘Breaking Borders’, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s ‘Sharing the Stage’ and the British Council.


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