Thanks for all the messages of support after the last Squirrel Mail.
As always there is so much to say... quite overwhelming writing it all down in one place... Here's an overview of some of the things coming next for me!
HRÍM - Ástarnetið & ICELAND AIRWAVES
I'm in a band called Hrím with two of my best friends - icelandic folk singer Ösp and modular synthesist and coder Cherif Hashizume and we're releasing our very first single, Ástarnetið, this Friday! We've decided to final start releasing musicin the build up to our debut at Iceland Airwaves Festival in November. This song is in Icelandic and features Manu Delago on hang drum.
You can pre-buy here http:// https://apple.co/2JNMCvE
The beautiful photo used in our artwork is by Guðný Sigríður Ólafsdóttir and was taken near wear Ösp lives in the North of Iceland!
trAnSition - ARTS COUNCIL DYCP GRANT
Exciting news! I've been awarded £10,000 by Arts Council England to develop my creative practice for my next project trAnSition. I will be working with Ingmar Kamalagharan, Cherif Hashizume and Jake Miller across three phases to develop extended vocal techniques and an innovative new voice led AI app that we will use to make new music. There will be more news on this as we get to work over the coming months... Looking forward to holing myself away and getting deep into some singing.
My PRS Momentum funded animated music film Daffodil is now officially complete! I'll admit to shedding some tears watching it back at the Brunel Thames Tunnel Shaft private screening (partly out of lack of sleep) it's been such a labour of love. It was really amazing to see Tom's animations on a big screen. The film has now been submitted to festivals... so watch this space for release plans and more news as it comes... I've also started planning my next film... top secret for now though....
BBC PROMS, Nitin Sawhney, Nakhane Brian Jones (Rolling Stones)...
London Contemporary Voices (the choir I co-founded and direct) is performing its second BBC Prom on 25th July at Royal Albert Hall with Public Service Broadcasting! On 26 September we'll be returning to Royal Albert Hall to perform as part of Nitin Sawhney's Beyond Skin anniversary show. I will be working closely with Nitin over the coming weeks - total dream come true - I listened to that album virtually every day in my teens. Immediately after that on 28th and 29th September, following our appearance with them at Comic Relief we will be at Royal Albert Hall with Keane... perhaps we should just set up camp....On 9th August I'll be singing with queer South African artist (and dear friend!) Nakhane singing at Nile Rogers' Meltdown Festival at Southbank. on 17th August LCV will be performing at an all star tribute to Rolling Stones/Beatles legend Brian Jones' in aid of the David Lynch Foundation. LCV also performed at London Pride in Trafalgar Square... with me as my drag alter ego Lina... who met Sadiq Khan!
Bit of a busy few weeks then...