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Jess Gillam launches Virtual Scratch Orchestra

10:14, 1st April 2020

Saxophonist Jess Gillam has launched the Jess Gillam Virtual Scratch Orchestra, for which she is inviting musicians of any standard to come together to play music virtually with her.

‘For me, music as all about people,’ said Gillam. ‘People uniting, people sharing and people listening. At a very difficult time, when it is not currently possible to be physically together to share and make music, hopefully this is a way in which we can create something together from afar.’

The orchestra will first perform a version of David Bowie’s ‘Where Are We Now?’, from Gillam’s debut album RISE.

‘”Where are We Now?” is one of my favourite songs by David Bowie,’ added Gillam. ‘It’s hauntingly beautiful and seems very appropriate as we all reflect on the world and what is happening around us. This is the first song he released after a long period of silence in 2013.’

To take part:

  • Download the appropriate parts from Gillam’s website.
  • Video yourself playing your part, either playing along to a click track or the released version. Submissions can be recorded on a smartphone or video recorder but please use headphones so only you can be heard.
  • Send the video to info@jessgillamsax.co.uk with a line stating: ‘I give Universal Music Group permission to use this video.’ The deadline is Friday 10 April, 6pm.
  • Sign up to the mailing list to make sure you see the final results.

Gillam will perform the piece live with the combined pre-recorded videos on 17 April at 6pm on her Instagram (@jessgillamsax).

Parts and click track available here.

Released version of Where We Are Now:

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