50:50 Online project present The Blank Canvas Octet Live on Zoom 03.06.2020

50:50 Online project present The Blank Canvas Octet Live on Zoom 03.06.2020

50:50 online is a `telematic` project, that is it is a live streamed event via the internet. The current platform is zoom.us. 

The second session is scheduled for 03.06.2020

This is a closed session for participants and project associates. It is hoped that in the near future the events will be open to the public as audience members. 

It is expected that there will be unexpected snags, but these can only be ironed out when we know what they are.

The online sessions have been provoked by the current lockdown situation, but if these are successful it is intended that online sessions will become a regular part of the pattern of sessions. 

Please maintain good will in making this work: others are doing such things so there are good reasons to be positive. Such sessions will enable many people to participate who are unable to get to a specific geographical location. The project is exciting as it could allow improvisers from around the country to meet play together. Or even beyond! Feel the potential!

The Blank Canvas Octet is a project exploring free improvisation in music in a large ensemble context. It uses the ‘system 50:50` - where chess clocks are used to bring cohesion to the sound field which can often become cluttered. The result is a dynamic and shifting canvas of sound that allows small discreet sounds to be heard and deeper layers to be felt and expressed. An exciting project to participate in, to witness and to hear.

On system 50:50 “Definitely something with LOADS of possibilities - the reaction in the car driving back was unbelievably positive - no one could remember playing in a large ensemble that was so "open". The openness allowed me to play quietly, which meant the dynamics were incredible for an improvising large ensemble.” - Charlie Collins, improviser, Sheffield. 

Another point of listening comes from Simon Ross, Macclesfield. `System 50/50 works well - it’s a really good way to get a group to play effectively without egos, virtuosity, and shyness getting in the way. It is democratic, inclusive, coherent, leaderless, focused, there is room to think and time to listen, choices. It is less competitive and more cooperative. Ends well.`

The Blank Canvas Octet on 03.06.2020 will feature the following, more or less:

CLAYTON JACKSON, electronics and objects
NICK BRANTON, reeds
GEOFF BRIGHT, reeds
GILL WHITELEY, strings
LYN HODNETT, voice
SABINE KUSMAUL, guitar
MARTIN HACKETT, Korg
PHIL MORTON

Audience & ghosts
ROBIN HARTWELL

The target is for twelve participants, so there are two seats available for an improviser(s). If you are interested complete the form below, s'il vous plait

A series of Octets will be made from the set list.  For example, were there to be twelve improvisers on the set list, four would sit out one set as a member of the audience and there would be three sets of improvised music. Everyone will play, but not necessarily in every set.

Event information:Date: 03.06.2020 doors 19.00 - Concert/broadcast starts 19.30

A live streamed event via ZOOM online.
Currently this is a closed event, not public. We hope to go public in the near future.
Audience members need an invite in the form of a clickable link
There is not an admission fee of £2.00 for players and observers at present.

Related 50;50 online projects
the Fake Quartet, The Ghost Host and `Sound on sound the octet`

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