For-Wards Project

mac birmingham will be working with for-Wards to celebrate Birmingham’s diverse communities.

For-Wards is commissioning 10 leading composers with a strong Brummie connection including alternative pop legends Pram, Afrofuturist Hip Hop artist Juice Aleem and Godflesh’s Justin Broadrick, to work in one of the city’s 10 districts and all of its 40 Wards, to produce a distinctive sonic response, inspired by a bank of community generated field recordings collected in each district and shared stories. The 10 new works will be performed back in the districts in which the sounds are found.

mac will be working with Capsule and Pram in the district of Edgbaston. You can follow Pram here.

In each district for-Wards will programme:
– a sound walk
– 4 field recording sessions
– 3 workshops with their selected composer
– local performances in unexpected venues.

The 10 pieces of new music will be performed at an event celebrating the distinct musical and cultural heritage of Birmingham, bringing new audiences to different musical styles. Working in collaboration with Birmingham City University (BCU), the newly created work will also be published via an online record label, on a limited edition vinyl record and an interactive website linking music, communities and cultures.

Time scale:
for-Wards is a 2-year project with 5 Composers per year working in

Year 1: Northfield, Edgbaston, Selly Oak, Perry Barr & Hodge Hill Districts.
Year 2 : Hall Green, Sutton Coldfield, Ladywood, Erdington & Yardley Districts.

Artistic Partners:
Leading musicians have been selected and programmes developed with artistic partners Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Capsule, mac, Access To Music and Birmingham Conservatoire.

Additional year 1 composers include:

– Juice Aleem (selected by Kalaboration and working in Perry Barr district)
– Justin K Broadrick and Rowen Coleing (selected by Access to Music and working in Hodge Hill district)
– Bobbie-Jane Gardner (Artistic Director/Birmingham Conservatoire and working in Selly Oak district)
– Percy Pursglove (selected by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and working in Northfield district)

for-Wards is created by composer and educator Bobbie-Jane Gardner, you can learn how it all started here.

Image credit: Scott Johnson.

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