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Spark Arts Sonic Portraits

Posted: Fri, 08 Sep 2017 11:38

The Spark Arts, in partnership with Leicester-Shire Schools Music Service, ran a project in 3 Leicester City Primary schools in June 2017.

Sonic Portraits
Sonic Portraits is the result of a two week residency with Brazilian percussionist and composer Adriano Adewale.

At the root of the project was the desire to capture the cultural diversity across Leicester. This began with a writing project led by writer Jayne Williams, whereby children from each of the three participating schools were asked to share stories of their family history.

The children then worked with Adriano to write lyrics to which he composed three original songs resulting in a soundscape of fascinating stories and experiences of Leicester.

The songs created and the Schools involved:
Life is Moving - Fosse Primary School
Diversity United - Catherine Junior School
Leicester - A Place to Be - Charnwood Primary School

The Performance
The children had the opportunity to perform with professional band, The Elda Trio at The Y Theatre during the Spark Festival.

The Elda Trio is Swedish vocalist, Emilia Martensson, Slovenian accordion player Janez Dovc and Brazilian percussionist, Adriano Adewale. There were also joined by multi-instrumentalist Marcelo Andrade from Brazil.

In their attempt to weave together their three difference folkloric cultures, the ensemble has explored storytelling and music from each country.

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