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Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Opera North launches new residency for BAME music-makers

2:26, 7th March 2018

Four music-makers from the north of England have been selected for Resonance, Opera North’s new residency programme for BAME music-makers.

Nwando Ebizie, Thandanani Gumede, Moji Kareem and Christella Litras will each receive rehearsal space for a week at Opera North to develop their proposals, a grant of up to £3,000, technical and artistic support, and the opportunity to perform their works in progress for an invited audience.

Resonance is open to BAME musicians, composers and performers working in all musical genres, aged 18 and over and living in north England, who are interested in collaborating with performers from other artistic disciplines, telling stories, or testing an exciting possibility.

The selected artists and projects are:

  • Afrofuturist artist Nwando Ebizie will work on the creation of an immersive opera inspired by the visions of the medieval mystic Hildegard of Bingen, incorporating electronics, turntables, electronics and projection mapping and neuroscience.
  • Founder of the music and dance group Zulu Tradition, Thandanani Gumede plans to create a new song cycle fusing jazz, gospel and traditional Zulu music, and exploring themes of migration, home, inner conflict and peace.
  • Director Moji Kareem, founder of Utopia Theatre Company, will develop a new live performance and multimedia opera retelling the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin in the light of the disappearance of the Chibok schoolgirls in Nigeria.
  • Singer-songwriter, producer and composer Christella Litras will develop her soundtrack for the sequel to Alain Bidard’s 2015 sci-fi film Battledream Chronicle – the first animated feature film from the Caribbean island of Martinique.

A fifth project, Brolly Productions’ opera The Powder Monkey, will also benefit from a residency as part of the Resonance programme.

 

Jo Nockels, projects manager, Opera North, described the residencies as ‘a hothouse of original, fascinating stories and ideas from a hugely varied group of music-makers who, between them are exploding ideas of what opera is and can be.’

www.operanorth.co.uk/

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