PUBLIC PIANOS (click for video) December 2019
These Men are very interested in how public pianos are used by people and in how people respond to performances. On Black Friday 2019 they went on tour of West Yorkshire public pianos with some specially composed pieces. They offered some moments of contemplation amidst the high commerce of the day. The biggest audience engagement was in the quietest, emptiest place in the poorest city in the county.
5-7 Rawson Place
Bradford BD1 3QQ
Thursday 27th June 2019
These Men perfomed an hour of all new audio visual pieces based on the theme of Bradford, taking the audience on a journey from the rural to the urban.
The music was beautiful and I just closed my eyes let it take me. Both of the musicians are extremely talented' (audience member)
"Great show' Lukas Hornby, Fuse co-ordinator
The works included the sights and sounds of the environment, the people and their conversations, the atmosphere, the music and rhythm found in the streets.
May 2019 Wedding Ceremony, Bradford
These Men were commissioned to produce a film for a screen which filled the wall in a venue for a wedding. The local woods provided the perfect setting and allowed the outside to be brought in. They recorded several pieces of music to accompany the ceremony which were played during the day. The film acted as a gentle backdrop for the celebrations.
South Square Centre, Thornton, Bradford
A performance at South Square Centre used 9 films made in and around the centre. The films showed close up details of the landscape and the looming presence of the viaduct. Crows flew by, the grass rippled in the breeze, a wire swung against the tree shadows on the stone wall of the centre. Each film had a live soundtrack performed on piano and violin with effects and live loops to create soundscapes.
February - March 2019
These Men were commissioned to perform in Queensgate Market, Huddersfield as part of Our Market, a partnership with Creative Kirklees and Huddersfield University. The market is a listed building featuring a unique concrete parabolic arch ceiling which has distinctive acoustic properties. Phil played the public access piano with Ian on violin creating pieces to engage and entertain the shoppers and stall holders.
They filmed from the performance area and recorded the sights and sounds of the market including members of the public playing the piano. These have been made into a legacy piece, 'Same to you love' which captures the warmth and connection between the people in the market. A slide show of images from the market has a soundtrack of one of the pieces performed on the day 'Queensgate'.