Part of HOME’s Homemakers project
Peace Lily is a unique triadic music collaboration between sound artist and nature beatboxer, Jason Singh; musical director and composer/arranger Katie Chatburn of Ignition Orchestra and a houseplant called Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum).
The essence of this project is based on Jason’s ongoing interest and exploration of the concept “plant as composer”, whereby artists are forced to be inspired and led by nature itself. This is an exciting prospect for composers and arrangers to work with non-audible living organisms as fellow collaborators. It leads us to radically re-think the traditional notions of composition and also writing for orchestras and ensembles. It also hopes to raise the awareness of our physical and mental well-being, and the pressing issues relating to our dependency and connection to nature, wildlife, landscape, climate and environment.
The music has been realised by a process known as data harvesting. Bio feedback sensors were attached to leaves on Peace Lily and these pick up small electrical currents generated by the plant which are in turn are converted into musical notes played back through software. The compositions were then arranged by Katie with strings by Dorry Macaulay and a final mix by Nic Rowley.
Audiences are encouraged to sit, sleep, meditate and contemplate throughout the piece.
Tickets are available as ‘Pay What You Can’ – the suggested price for this event is £3 – but there are a range of ticket prices so you can choose what you can afford from the options, including £0 as we want as many people as possible to access the work.
We’ve also included a higher option for anyone who wants to take the opportunity to make a larger donation to our artists and organisations. How much you choose to pay is completely up to you, and every audience member will receive exactly the same content and experience.
All the money raised from ticket sales for this event will be split evenly with 50% going directly to the artist/s and 50% to HOME’s response fund to allow HOME to continue to support future artists and commissions.
On sale to Friends: Thu 20 Jan, 12.00
On sale to members: Fri 21 Jan, 12.00
On sale to the general public: Mon 24 Jan, 12.00
Homemakers Project Overview
Homemakers was a series of new commissions, where we invited our favourite artists to create work at home, for an audience who are also at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We’re not pretending that all art can be experienced online just as satisfactorily as in person; but we want to demonstrate the innovation of artists who work all kinds of forms, by inviting them to respond to this very specific context. We want to bring contemporary new performance to audiences all over the world, in all its form-flexing, mind-expanding, surprising subversive brilliance.
About Jason Singh
Jason Singh is a composer, musician, sound artist, creative producer, facilitator and performer.
He is a solo artist and collaborator who works across a wide range of art forms, music genres and education practices. His diverse creative output includes: live beatbox film scores; sound installations; sound design for gallery/museum exhibitions; and collaborative experiments with biodata, sound, ceramics, textiles and museum objects. He also vocally recreates birdsong and forestry environments, and his work has featured on the 2019 BBC “Lost Words” Proms, Radio 4 “Pick of the Year”, BBC Springwatch and CountryFile.
Singh’s past and present collaborators include BBC, V&A Museum, Tromsø International Film Festival, Tate Britain, Nitin Sawhney, Talvin Singh, Yazz Ahmed, Rokia Traore, Shabaka Hutchings, Seb Rochford, Arun Ghosh and Sarathy Korwar.
Jason was recently appointed as Bristol Music Trust’s first Artist and Educator in Residence. He was Artist in Residence for Hull City of Culture in 2017, and an awardee of the PRS New Music Biennial Award.
“Jason is a human sampler!” – Cerys Matthews Radio 6
About Katie Chatburn
Katie Chatburn trained at the Royal Academy of Music followed by an MMus at the Royal Northern College of Music. In 2016 she was awarded Associate of the Royal Academy of Music for her work within the music industry. She works as a professional composer, arranger / orchestrator and ‘cellist, specialising in the fields of film music, instrumental concert commissions and rock and pop string arranging.
In 2017 Katie formed Ignition Orchestra as conductor and arranger. Following their debut at Liverpool International Festival, the orchestra has performed to sell out audiences at venues including The Barbican, Eventim Apollo and The Royal Albert Hall as part of the Garage Classical project. In July 2019 Ignition Orchestra performed as part of the 3 Beat 50th anniversary concert at LIMF Festival alongside Sigma, M22 and Geko. In October 2019 they were featured on the Graham Norton Show performing with The Sugababes and the same month the GC project signed to Sony. Garage Classical the album (featuring Paloma Faith, Lily Allen, Raleigh Ritchie, Zak Abel and Emeli Sande) is now available.
Credits for arrangements and orchestrations include work for the BBC, Channel 4 and ITV, including orchestration for dramas including Endeavour and Victoria and original music for Radio 4 plays recently including the critically acclaimed Christabel featuring Juice Vocal Ensemble. Work on feature films includes orchestration and arranging work for Scott-Free production Labyrinth, The Next Human, This Beautiful Fantastic and Guy Ritchie’s The Man from UNCLE. Katie worked in the music department at Abbey Road for the Bond films Skyfall and Spectre assisting Global Music.
Katie is also passionate about outreach work and has delivered workshops across different sectors of the community for Opera North, Liverpool Philharmonic, Manchester Camerata, Brighter Sound, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and Music for Youth. She lectures part time at the RNCM and Trinity LABAN and is currently studying a Leverhulme funded PhD at MMU looking at the role of sound in urban environments.
“I have worked with Katie on two major city-wide events – she is a very talented composer and arranger and is able to bring musicians from diverse genres together to produce authentic and meaningful work and weave in contributions from a wide range of artists and communities. I would highly recommend Katie, she is reliable inspiring, focused and a great contributor.” Debra King, Director | Brighter Sound