Making Tracks brings together eight exceptional young musicians (Making Tracks Fellows) from the UK and around the world for an annual residency and tour.
After creating brand new collaborative works during a two-week residency on the west coast of Scotland, the Fellows go on tour, showcasing these collaborations as well as solo works at some of the country’s leading venues. It is based around two central themes: musical roots and environmental engagement. its aim is to showcase diverse music from around the world, and believe that the collaborative creation and sharing of music is an ideal vehicle for bridging cultural divides. They promote environmentally-engaged artists working with soundscape field recordings or sound art. They maintain an environmental focus, founded on the concept that ‘reverence’ for the natural world, is two-sided in its approach. One side is practical, for example developing strategies to minimise the carbon footprint of touring, the other is artistic – how the ( musicians ) creatively respond to issues such as climate change and biodiversity loss and embrace the imaginative power that they have to inspire connections with nature.
Making Tracks invites musicians from a diversity of backgrounds to come together, seek common ground and find new musical combinations. During their residency, which this year took place at Cove Park on the west coast of Scotland, Fellows creatde several new collaborative works. They also spent time exploring and developing strategies for environmental engagement and receive professional development and career advice from a team of industry experts.
Each year they release an album of Making Tracks live in concert, recorded during the tour, and featuring solo performances as well as the new collaborative works incubated during the residency, the most recent release being featured on BBC Radio3.
Wednesday 27 Oct. – Beacon Arts Centre, GREENOCK
Thursday 28 Oct. – Platform, GLASGOW
Monday 1 Nov. – National Centre for Early Music, YORK
Tuesday 2 Nov. – Victoria Hall, SETTLE
Wednesday 3 Nov. – Firth Hall (uni), SHEFFIELD
Thursday 4 Nov. – Lakeside Arts, NOTTINGHAM
Friday 5 Nov. – The North Wall, OXFORD
Saturday 6 Nov. – Mount Pleasant Eco Park, Porthtowan
Wednesday 10 Nov. – St George’s, BRISTOL
Thursday 11 Nov. – The Sanctuary, LONDON
For more information visit: https://makingtracksmusic.org/what-we-do
For environmental focus see: https://makingtracksmusic.org/environment
MAKING TRACKS FELLOWS
Azin Zahedi (Iran / Germany) – santour, flute (f) Ahmet Ozan Baysal (Turkey) – basglama Brigitte Hart (Australia / UK) – soundscapes, voice (f) Iona Fyfe (Scotland, UK) – voice, piano (f) Liz Hanks (UK) – cello (f) Robert Bisha (Albania / Italy) – cifteli, piano, voice, other Simon Leleux (Belgium) daburka, percussion Thamires Tannous (Brazil / Austria) – voice, guitar (f)