Selected Projects and Residencies
'Wild Pop: Widening Access to Music' - Arts Council England 'Project Grant'
Through the spring and summer of 2019, I facilitated a community music project with participants from Tree Tops retirment village in Walker, Newcastle upon Tyne, in partnership with Chain Reaction who help support isolated older people in the area. The project was co-facilitated with local musician Faye MacCalman. It culminated in the participants creating their own original soundtrack to curated footage from the Newcastle City Library Photographic Collection. The participants performed this soundtrack live, alongside the footage as part of public event at Tree Tops. We also recorded the soundtrack onto the film and this was made available for exhibitions.
Footage of project is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oR-efdKt_NM
Practice Makes Practice - Artist in Residence
Artist in Residence for Monkfish Productions 'PITCH' project at Good Space, Commercial Union House. Commissioned to deliver an arts project in a non-arts space, this residency aimed to musicalize daily, working life within the spaces, by introducing members to a variety of activities throughout the day and evening, both scheduled, pop-up, and camouflaged.
The un-Musical Project - PhD Case Study
Participatory Action Research involving 5 participants who self-identified as 'non-musicians' or 'unmusical'. The project sought to introduce them to music-making through improvisation and cultivate a longer-term engagement that unraveled assumptions about what it takes to be a musician.
Footage of Project is available here: https://vimeo.com/71825231#at=0
(re) inventing Music - Commissioned Project for "Being Human National Festival for the Humanities"
A research project to facilitate a series of drop-in sessions, music-making workshops, and socio-musical interventions, with a new range of participants, including children, in order to assess the potential for new modes of social interaction through social music-making.
Footage of Project is available here here: https://vimeo.com/112506718#at=0
Improvisation for Children's Creative Practice - Burnside Primary School
Case-Study research project designed to introduce year 6 children and their music teacher to improvised music-making as a potential alternative pedagogical approach.
An ongoing practice-led research strand in collaboration with Dr. William Edmondes and Dr. Craig Pollard, with implications for higher education pedagogy. Wild Pop is a formulation of emerging improvised popular music practices, that combine the free-form methods of improvisation with the style and content of popular music.
Blue Rinse - Event Promoter (2011-2014)
Blue Rinse was a monthly performance event that I hosted and organised for five years at Bar Loco in Newcastle upon Tyne. I developed this event to explore the effects of placing improvised and experimental music in a setting alongside conventional and conservative musical forms