ELEMENTAL: NEW WORKS FOR 6 VOICES
SBR012 - MARCH/APRIL 2018
The 12th Samarbeta residency saw us host esteemed musician Nancy Elizabeth, working in a new venue; Unit 2 warehouse on Regents Trading estate in Salford.
After a decade or more of developing an increasingly complicated relationship to music and the music industry, Elizabeth decided to strip things back to basics – to do away with stage plans, tech specs and complicated electronics. To exist with 6 wonderful singers for a week and create.
Entitied Elemental; Nancy and the signers used the acoustics of their location (an industrial refrigeration unit) to present the voice. The culminating sold out performance of the residency was performed in pitch black darkness, so the power of the voice was the only focus, which meant the voice encompassed all the senses.
The 5 performers that joined Nancy Elizabeth on the 11th Samarbera residency were; Jo Price, Nula Mathers, Kath Orde, Jojo Thorne and Rosie Giles.
‘Everyday, we are bombarded with messages, noise, news articles, opinions and pictures. It is a background noise which is hard to escape. This is a space to escape. In a pitch black room, 6 singers will perform new material. You will be surrounded by voices and strange noises. You will have nothing else to focus on. - ‘an aperitif for your ears’