The Unfinished Exhibition took place at the Barbican Exhibition Centre on Friday (24th November 2017). It featured a number of installations and performances by postgraduate students from Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
There were a good few intriguing and original performances and installations throughout the afternoon including powerful and highly personal interactive works by Dilara Aydin-Corbett and Clara Yang which it would be impossible to attempt to describe in a short article but which provoked a range of responses and emotions with those who chose to interact with them.
Musical highlight of the afternoon was a compelling and beautifully crafted chamber work by postgraduate fellow of Guildhall and talented composer Geoffa Fells. Her command of dissonant harmonic language, counterpoint and individual techniques combined cleverly with the accompanying visual imagery. We will be keeping a look out to see how her career develops but she has the potential to be an important voice in the continuing evolution of British Contemporary Music.
There was also an impressive a capella performance involving female and male voices using drones and noises instead of lyrics (possibly including improvisatory elements) to build an intriguing sound world and cool harmonies.
All in all it was a varied and impressive exhibition that underlined the commitment to thought-provoking creativity amongst Guildhall’s prodigiously talented postgraduate set.
Sunday afternoon (12th November 2017) saw the Barbican Centre host a day of free performances including a stunning set from the (Im)Possibles; a 20+ strong collective of instrumentalists, singers and spoken word artists formed at but not exclusively drawn from Guildhall College of Music & Drama. Among their line-up was Demerara Records composer and pianist Dilara Aydin-Corbett and others who are likely to be involved with the label’s upcoming recording projects.
The group is led by Guildhall tutor Paul Griffiths who conducts while playing guitar and features a full rhythm section plus winds, horns, flutes, keyboards, singers and spoken word artists whose style verges on Hip Hop at times. Their music, all written by the group, is broadly a combination of Jazz Afrobeat Classical Prog Funk Hip Hop and various related influences. Their live energy is infectious, everyone swaying and partying on the stage and making a truly joyous sound.
Also spotted there in the audience were Demerara Records‘ composers and artists Neil March (who was also engaged in a lengthy conversation with another member of the (Im)Possibles about future projects) plus Joshan Mahmud and Sylvain Meneux. A little birdie tells us Moda Trio may have metamorphosised into a Quartet. So watch this space …
Look out for more news about the (Im)Possibles soon.
Composer David Sutton-Anderson will conduct the New London Wind Ensemble in a concert performing his Nachtritt (for Ten Wind Instruments) at 7.30PM on Friday 17th November 2017 in the Salvation Army Hall on Oxford Street in London’s West End.