SOUNDPAINTING, part of Make Music Day UK
Through June, CoMA Glasgow is working with Helen Julia Minors to explore the practice of ‘soundpainting’.
Soundpainting is a signed gestural language which directs a performing musical group in exploring and experimenting with their group sound. In these sessions we will learn the core gestures in order to work together to explore timbre, develop material, relate material between our instruments, and learn to utilise this gestural approach to explore our own creative voices.
The rehearsals will explore the signs through creating sound and exploring how we repeat, adapt, develop, relate to, and make material cohesive or not. There is no such thing as a mistake! The method is all about trying, doing, and listening to each other in making something as a group. Sessions will be held on
- June 13th 7-8.30pm online
- June 18th 7-8.30pm online
- June 20th 7-9pm in-person at CCA Glasgow
- June 21st 5.30-6.30pm in-person with a short group performance at Kelvingrove Park (near An Clachan Cafe).
If this sounds interesting, or if you’re interested in experimental practice, distributed creativity, or improvisation, register to join below:
Join our Open Score Club
Hosted by CoMA Glasgow twice a month (First Sunday at 10am, and Third Tuesday at 7pm). The Club is open for musicians and sound-makers of all abilities: professionals, students, amateurs, composers, instrumentalists and sound-artists. We will spend one hour discussing, trying out, understanding, rehearsing and performing one chosen piece of music in each session. The scores will be of a varied repertoire from world famous to never-heard-of composers, graphic scores, open scores, text pieces and pieces of conventional notation. Club members are welcome to suggest repertoire of their own, or even bring their own piece to try!
To take part in the Open Score Club, become a CoMA Glasgow Subscriber or just try out the sessions before committing. Click here to sign up for our next Open Score Club.
Project #7 - Decarolizing
Project details coming soon.
Project #6 - StorySpace and Chains of Connection (October 2021)
In collaboration with Sheena Phillips and Janet Oates, we devised and performed two new compositions: StorySpace was an immersive online concert experience inspired by the myths and forces of our planet, and Chains of Connection was a new chain score project.
Project #5 - Landscape Drones
This online project reached participants from Shetland to India and was devised and led by composer and sound artist Duncan Chapman. Over the course of four 2-hour zoom sessions Duncan took the group on a journey of shapes, spaces and sounds found in our surrounding landscapes.
Project #4 - Ether/Real (December 2020)
Ether/Real was our online exploration of graphic scores, connecting a group of musicians from across the world to explore work by Julius Eastman, Rūta Vitkauskaitė, Yannis Xenakis, Heidi von Gunden, Christian Wolff and Janet Oates. The project culminated in our Christmas concert, Avantgarde Advent, which you can watch back at the link below.
Project #3 - Postcard Pieces (August 2020)
During the lockdown, CoMA Glasgow developed its newest interactive project – Postcard Pieces. Inspired by our desire to bring a sense of personal connection back to remote music-making, our members created 14 utterly unique pieces written on physical postcards to then be exchanged by post – from the Shetland Isles to the English south coast, and even reaching as far as Berlin.
Project #2 - Remote Connections (June 2020)
Led by composer Dr Rūta Vitkauskaitė, the ‘YouCreate’ project invited musicians of all instruments, composers and sound creators to come together to create and perform a collaborative and unique piece of contemporary music for the lockdown-generation. We developed the piece over four video calls during May/June, and held an online premiere of the completed composition, titled Remote Connections, on 20th June 2020.
Project #1 - Pilot (Feb 2020)
CoMA Glasgow launched in November 2019, and held our first pilot project in early 2020 at the Scottish Music Centre in Glasgow. Tying into the Festival of Contemporary Music for All 2020, we held an open rehearsal and performance session exploring a selection of pieces written for the event and for CoMA, alongside an exciting and informative session on John Cage’s ‘Concert’ delivered by Philip Thomas. You can listen to some excerpts of our open rehearsal here.
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CoMA Glasgow is growing into a large new music collective with members of all abilities. We meet for specific projects throughout the year, alongside our two Open Score Clubs per month, and encourage our members to contribute ideas and lead the facilitation of our projects.
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