The Bluecoat: Juxtavoices – a concert celebrating the creative voice

The Bluecoat: Juxtavoices – a concert celebrating the creative voice

17 March




Frakture are pleased to present an evening of radical voice-works,
featuring a 20 plus anti-choir from Sheffield, juxtavoiced against
Steve Boyland’s remarkable solo voice.
Eric Wilson’s deposition, I hear voices and there’s no-one there,
performed by Bonehouse completes a unique programme.
Juxtavoices is a large antichoir,  which includes many familiar faces
from Sheffield’s leftfield music, poetry and visual arts scene.
Although the group performs structured scores, no fixed pitches are
ever notated, and the group uses improvisation to shape the detail of
the scores as the music progresses. Both trained and untrained voices
are included. As well as playing normal concerts, the group is to be
found in various unexpected public places and at poetry / text events.
A Discus CD is planned for 2012.

The second half was extraordinary: the first performance of
Juxtavoices, led by Martin Archer. They were a largely amateur choir
that included Alan Halsey and Geraldine Monk, and the most standout
piece was probably Three Iterations of a Poem by Samuel Beckett. But
the blend of voices, the use of clicks, whistles, harmony and
disharmony was extraordinary in all the pieces – Steven Waling

STEVE BOYLAND is one of the UK’s busiest and most accomplished
improvising vocalists. His reputation is founded on the intensity and
eclecticism of his solo work, as well as a growing portfolio of
collaborations with international practitioners from the fields of
improvised music, visual arts and dance.

In 2008, in recognition of these achievements, the singer was
commissioned to create an improvised performance at the Rathaus,
Cologne to mark the official launch of Liverpool’s year as European
Capital of Culture.  Recent projects have included solo performances
in Germany, Switzerland, Portugal and Austria, as well as
collaborations with Berlin guitarist, CASPAR BROETZMANN and
Cologne-based, TANZTHEATER 687; duo appearances with vocalist, MAGGIE
NICOLS at Serralves em Festa and Happenstance ; and the debut
performance of the newly-formed vocal trio, BOYLAND/MINTON/NICOLS, at

Future projects  will see Steve Boyland perform ’Cor Inquietum’, a
series of improvised solo meditations , at the Sense of Sound-curated
festival, Voices 2012, where  the singer will also hold the post of
Vocal Artist-in-Residence. 2012 will also see the launch of a duo
project with pianist VERYAN WESTON, based on the verse of American
poet, Theodore Roethke.
Bonehouse: I hear voices and there’s no-one there
Phil Morton, accidents and treatments
Phil Lucking, trumpets
Phil Ogg, pre-prepared voice.
This is a rare performance of the specially commissioned piece, I hear
voice and there’s no-one there, featuring Bonehouse plus Phil Ogg.
Un-usual this piece in that it features the “mini disc”! Phil
Morton on double bass, and the voice of someone not there. Following a
collaboration in Sheffield, Phil Morton commissioned Phil Ogg to
provide a voice piece on mini-disc, the result was then transformed by
the con-sensual artist Eric Wilson exploring the dark side of
sub-vocalisation.  This is rare trio performance of this unique piece
by Bonehouse.

Frakture acknowledge the financial support ACE Arts Council England
plus the voluntary support work of the Frakture Administrative Staff
and network musicians.


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