NEW NEIL MARCH DEMO TRACK !!!

There is a new demo track by Demerara Records Composer & Recorded Artist Neil March. The BBC Introducing artist will be recording the track with his ensemble The Music of Sound on the forthcoming album Three Short Stories scheduled for release in Spring 2018.

Neil conducting better shotThe Music of Sound at Latitude

The track combines characteristic real environmental sounds used to harmonise with the instrumental parts to create a unique soundscape.

Check it out here.

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‘UNFINISHED’ BUSINESS AT BARBICAN !!!

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.

TOURING TRIO OF ACTS IN PIPELINE !!!

Ssshhh don’t tell anyone but it looks like the mini-tour of UK venues we have been posting bits of news about for 2018 might see two BBC Introducing and Latitude 2017-playing acts; namely Neil March & The Music of Sound (as expected since it is their tour!) and stunning classical guitar virtuoso and composer Valerie Hartzell. And as if that isn’t a mouth-watering enough prospect, they will hopefully be joined on the bill by TIC, the amazing and utterly unique improvisatory choir formed by composer and singer Jenni Roditi.

The Music of Sound at Latitude

Now we reckon that is a pretty impressive spectrum of exciting original contemporary classical and art music available in one place.

So watch this space for more news soon folks!

 

UPDATE ON NEIL & TMOS ALBUM & TOUR !!!

Plans continue to move forward for Demerara Records composer and recording artist Neil March and The Music of Sound with an album and tour project in motion. While Neil waits on decisions by two well-known music industry organisations about possible funding awards he is also exploring the option for crowd-funding.

Neil conducting better shotThe Music of Sound at Latitude

Neil told DemeraraRecords.com ‘Even if I am fortunate enough to receive funding from one of the bodies I am waiting for news from, I may still pursue the crowd-funding route. I know it will be hard work and will take a gargantuan effort to raise significant funds but it will also give me greater freedom to mix and match the musicians I want to work with both in recording what will be an epic album, over an hour and around 14 tracks and in the subsequent live shows. I have had some amazing advice from fellow artists who have been down this route before and are full of ideas for raising extra cash. So I am thinking very seriously about it now’.

Neil is looking at a number of options including linking advance payment for the album with free tickets to gigs, free extra tracks and unreleased video ‘shorts’. He will also be taking some advice from other successful artist friends like The Untied Knot and Rothko.

Meanwhile we received another piece of exciting news; namely that another BBC Introducing artist who played the same stage at Latitude 2017 as Neil and TMOS may be playing support sets at some of the shows on the proposed tours. If this happens it will be a treat for audiences.

Look out for more news coming soon.

THE (IM)POSSIBLES ROCK THE BARBICAN !!!

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.