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New for brass
4:01pm Friday 8th July 2011 in Arts
A MUSIC commission mixing traditional and contemporary influences was performed at the start of Durham: Brass International Festival.
Winter North Atlantic was commissioned under the Arts Council’s Grants For The Arts scheme.
The three-man group of musicians, Ed Carter, Ged Robinson and Simon Canaway, worked with some of the North-East’s leading brass players. They had no preconceived musical output and no pre-prepared material.
The group also worked with North-East folk singer, composer and concertina player Emily Portman, who features on two of the new compositions created during the project.
As sections developed, parts were recorded by Ed Carter, producing a body of loops and melodies to act as building blocks for a new work.
These were edited and remixed to provide a new take on the recorded material.
Notation for the new versions was then scored and presented to the brass players, who gave a performance of the work in Durham Town Hall last Friday.