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We recently launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise much-needed funds for a new multimedia chamber work for amplified soprano and livestreamed ensemble by Laura Bowler exploring climate change and social distance.
In the face of a climate emergency, we are making great efforts to reduce our carbon footprint and create a more sustainable festival of new music. October 2021’s soundfestival will be completely "flight-free" and we have asked all of our visiting artists to travel to Aberdeen by train instead of flying.
As this is inevitably impacting on our international collaborations which are so enriching, we have decided to experiment to find out how we can harness digital technologies to create alternative and meaningful ways for artists to collaborate over different continents without being physically present in the same room.
Soprano Juliet Fraser will perform live in the performance space in Aberdeen, Scotland while Talea Ensemble are livestreamed from New York, USA.
The work not only reflects on the impact of climate change and its relationship to the self-employed musicians lifestyle, but also delves into the idea of distance in its many forms; political distance, physical distance and screen interaction as distance. This concept has become even more potent and politically charged since the pandemic.
We have already secured some of the funding we need for the project from the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation and Hope Scott Trust. However, we are facing a shortfall of £4,000 which is why we need your help.
With your support the world premiere performance of Distance will take place in Aberdeen in October 2021. The piece will then go on to be performed at Spitalfields Music Festival and Cheltenham Music Festival in July 2022.
Your pledge will make a huge difference and we are grateful for your contribution no matter how large or small. If you're unable to make a donation why not help us spread the word about the project instead.