Drifters: Live score from Jason Singh

Beatboxer, vocal sculptor and sound artist Jason Singh performs a live vocal score to John Grierson’s silent film Drifters from 1929. Using techniques of pre-recorded vocal sequences, live vocal processing and sampling, Jason will create a sonic backdrop of ambient textures, experimental atmospheres and rhythms created solely by the use of the voice to accompany the film.

Born in London and now based in Manchester, Jason’s work is rooted in inspiring people to engage in exciting creative experiences, through performance and participation. He works with numerous organisations across the UK to further develop beatboxing and vocal sculpting as an art form of free expression, including Glastonbury Festival, the National Portrait Gallery, the V&A Museum, the BFI and the Whitworth Art Gallery.

John Grierson was an influential Scottish documentary filmmaker, often considered the father of British documentary. Premiering in London alongside Battleship Potemkin in 1929, Drifters follows North Sea herring fisherman through their dramatic daily routines.

This performance will be followed by a post-screening Q&A with artist Jason Singh.

Originally a Cornerhouse Micro Commission supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation.