International Contemporary Music Festival - a series of six contemporary music concerts featured great artists from around the world including USA, Canada, Italy, Norway, Belgium, Holland, Israel and Poland. As well as fantastic music the Festival included educational workshops in Contemporary Music and its development.
FRI 18 APRIL SIRKIS/BIASLAS PROJECT + NST
FRI 23 MAY FRANCIOS CARRIER TRIO + UNLIMITED
FRI 27 JUNE GILAD ATZMON QT
FRI 25 JULY UTOMA + DRUM SUMMITT
FRI 22 AUG GEOF WARREN QT + CYBORG
FRI 26 SEPT MASDAR + TIMELINE
FIREMUSIC 2014 International Contemporary Music Festival is supported by funding from Essex County Council.
Friday 26th September saw the coming together of the visual and performance arts in an inspirational project combining the talents of adult and young visual artist from community arts projects run by HOFS-based OPEN ARTS and 2 CREATE together with music composed and performed especially for the project. This rare event was the final concert in the FIREMUSIC International Contemporary Music Festival series at HOFS in 2014 and was a truly fitting finale to the season.
The project is titled “Different Journeys” - the music element was inspired by a physical journey undertaken by the music's composer juxtaposed with the visual art element created by adult and young artists who are on their own personal journey.
The core music element of the “DifferentJourneys” project was performed by the jazz group MASDAR (meaning “the source” in Arabic) and is the name of the new multi-billion pound eco city being built near Abu Dhabi. Much of the group’s music is dedicated to the philosophy behind the creation of this city and the positive progress of humanity it represents. The piece performed on the 26th – Jazz Suite du Pyrenees – was inspired by the composer of the piece, Trevor Taylor's recent 2,000 kilometre journey through the Pyrenees with its awesome and breathtaking vistas from the Bay of Biscay to the Mediterranean. MASDAR consists of: Trevor Taylor (Drums and percussion), Gary Plumley (Saxophones, flutes), Mike King (Keyboards), Jon Thorn (Bass)
Contributing to the “Different Journeys” project and representing the visual arts component are OPEN ARTS and 2 CREATE. Based at HOFS, both of these arts collaboratives' main aim is to promote positive mental health through art and offer participants the opportunity to develop their creative skills while promoting the wellbeing of themselves and others. The work created by artists and participants in these groups is truly inspiring and each piece featured represents another kind of “internal” journey undertaken during the creation of the work to be shown. During the evening and performances, projected images of the work produced onto large screens offered a different dimension to view this work other than usually experienced in a static display or formal gallery setting.