Enjoy three short solo performances filmed in unusual locations in and around Sage Gateshead, giving new perspectives and angles on the building.
Performing are Rapasa Otieno and Me Lost Me, two of our new Artists in Residence, and gobscure, who took part in Summer Studios last year.
All of the artists performing draw on folk and storytelling elements in their work, but none are specifically ‘folk’ artists.
The artists will be available online to do a Q&A with audience members in the chat during the stream. So do chat with them and ask them any burning questions you have!
Rapasa is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, music educator and contemporary dancer. He is an advocate of traditional music. While playing several indigenous instruments to East Africa, Rapasa’s principal instrument is Nyatiti, an eight-string lyre. It has travelled along the Nile with the Lüo community who plays it and whose people have now settled along the shores of Nam Lolwe (Lake Victoria) where Rapasa is from.
Me Lost Me
Me Lost Me is the electronic music project of Newcastle based musician Jayne Dent, who was recently included on BBC Introducing North East’s 2020 Tips List. Described by BBC Radio 6’s Tom Robinson as a “brilliant peculiar noise”, Me Lost Me delights in experimenting with genre, taking influence from folk, electronica, art pop, ambient and noise music to create a beguiling mix of soaring vocals, synth, field recordings and hypnotic rhythms. Her live shows are atmospheric, dark and playful, with a repertoire that explores storytelling through original songs, improvisations and reworkings of traditional ballads.
You know those earliest memories? Ours is the river tees in full spate and us touching the edge of that flood. Water always provides our place of peace and also washes away our worsening tinnitus. Here is intimate music-theatre (sound and visuals) carrying all downstream from source thru maddening city (part of our ongoing reclaiming languages of lunacy) and out to sea.
All this is achieved with a starry blanket, memories plus leaf-rattle, bracelets, a birdcall (curlew), some marbles, loose screws and nuts, tinnitus-machine, wind-up clanger, a handful of slate and another of gravel and a third of seashells, and our voice.
This concert is being streamed for free in support of Sage Gateshead’s ongoing three-year Crisis, Recovery and Renaissance fundraising campaign which was set up in response to the urgent financial challenge presented by Covid-19.
This campaign aims to safeguard Sage Gateshead and the wide range of work we do and will ensure that we’re able to continue our ongoing commitment to artist development.
If you can, please consider supporting our work and musicians or text SAGE to 70460 to give £20
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