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Lighthouse…album release

Lowry Black Dog 2

Music/Text/Song/Visual work by Alan Dunn, Martin Heslop & Jeff Young in collaboration with Mariners’ Park.

This new album captures The Lighthouse Invites the Storm performances and has been produced in a numbered edition of 1000.

To request a copy of the CD, email Alan Dunn at alandunn44@gmail.com

The CD is free, but any contributions towards p&p are welcome and can be made here: http://alandunn67.co.uk/lowrycd.html

See here for The Lighthouse Invites the Storm project page with audio-visual documentation.

(Also listen to Jeff’s recent series of Radio 3 essays, Kaleidoscope of Muses here)

4 Excerpts from Lighthouse…:

 

 

 

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Upcoming: New poetry/sound work

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New work ALTERNATING CURRENTS: TRANSMISSIONS FROM THE NORTH SEA to be presented at Newcastle Poetry festival at Sage, Gateshead on Thursday 3rd May.

Commissioned by the Poettrio Experiment (more info: here), a new immersive sound work in response to collaborative poetry translation from leading Dutch and British poets. Imagined as an intercepted cross-border broadcast, Alternating Currents explores the intersection of language, code and music.

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Upcoming Release: The Lighthouse Invites the Storm

Lowry Black Dog 2

 

Album of electronic composition, spoken voice and song to be released in July.

Drawing on the stories of merchant seamen, sea-voyages, journeys through the Liverpool night and the rise and fall of Mersey tides, this experimental cross art form composition, was initially commissioned by the Bluecoat and Liverpool John Moores University for live shows in July 2017.

Music and songs by Martin Heslop

Visual art by Alan Dunn

Text by Jeff Young

With Jack Roberts, Mersey Wylie and Vidar Norheim.

More information to follow in the next few weeks.

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Upcoming Tour: … Tons of Soil

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Horny Handed Tons of Soil, with words by Lizzie Nunnery and music by Martin Heslop, Martin Smith and Vidar Norheim, goes out on tour in a few weeks. Here are the dates and links:

28th March – Unity Theatre Liverpool 8pm

29th March – Bury Met, Bury 8pm

13th April – The Arts Centre, Edge Hill University

19th April – Milton Keynes, The Stables (two person version) 8.45pm

29th + 30th April – London, New Diorama Theatre

7th June – York Theatre Royal

 

 

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Martin Heslop + Helen Tookey

Three poems by Helen Tookey from her collection In the Glasshouse, re-worked as part of an ongoing collaboration. Lots more to follow in the next 12 months.

JITTIES:

 

 

GLASSHOUSE:

 

 

BEAUTIFUL ERROR:

 

 

These pieces were first presented as part of this project in Newcastle, July ’17:

https://poettrioexperiment.com/tag/composition/

Buy Helen’s book here: https://www.happenstancepress.com/index.php/shop/product/47753-in-the-glasshouse-helen-tookey

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The Lighthouse Invites the Storm

The Lighthouse invites the Storm

Reconnecting Malcolm Lowry to his New Brighton birthplace, each side of the Mersey will play host to a new commission marking the seventieth anniversary of his seminal novel, and the sixtieth anniversary of his death.

The performance The Lighthouse Invites the Storm will encompass live music, film, spoken word and songs. Drawing on the stories of merchant seamen, Lowry’s sea-voyages, his journeys through the Liverpool night and the rise and fall of Mersey tides, this experimental cross art form composition will be performed at Mariners’ Park Care Home in New Brighton and the Bluecoat over two nights alongside an exciting programme of events.

Commissioned by the Bluecoat and Liverpool John Moores University, artist Alan Dunn, composer Martin Heslop and writer Jeff Young have been working with retired seafarers at Mariners’ Park over the past six months, uncovering hidden stories and adventures which have inspired the work.

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Alan Dunn: “We wanted to better understand what it was like to leave Liverpool by sea at a young age. We spent time with former merchant seamen at Mariners’ Park, a retirement facility overlooking the Mersey for those with at least twenty years at sea. We met men who had set sail at the age of 14 or 15 and made their own leaps into the void. We were interested in how their memories were as hyper-real as Lowry’s writing, with very specific details of particular bars or ports and of how everyday life passed them by in a sense. They were at sea when man landed on the moon or cultural revolutions occurred and they relied on each port or the BBC World Service to catch up with land-based life. We would sit and listen to adventures and fantastic tales, of how there are fewer than 10,000 Brits working at sea now rather than nearly 100,000, of how they view our planet and their take on class, tolerance, pirates, language, war, graft and coming of age.”

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Dunn, Heslop and Young will be joined by Liverpool’s musical maverick Jack Roberts, multi-instrumentalist Vidar Norheim and singer-songwriter Mersey Wylie (will check how she wants to be described) to perform a suite of musical stormscapes and lyrical poems. This will also include projections including some unseen Super 8 footage taken by one of the seafarers around Vietnam during the war in the late 1960s.

See and hear the Wirral with Lowryesque eyes and ears through the full programme of events detailed below including artworks inspired by his radical modernist style, a chance to meet retired seafarers in New Brighton, specially commissioned artwork in Lime Street Station and a two-day international conference exploring the legacy of Lowry’s work international conference.

LISTINGS INFO:

FULL PROGRAMME 2017

Monday 17 – Sunday 30 July:The Black Dogs, ten-part posterwork by Alan Dunn, Wirral Line Escalator, Lime Street Station, Liverpool.

Monday 24 July: Lowry, edition of 25,000 x A5 printed artworks by Alan Dunn, distributed in the free Wirral Globe newspaper.

Wednesday 26 July, 2.30 – 4.00pm: The Leaving of Liverpool, open afternoon, Mariners’ Park Care Home, Royden Avenue, Wallasey CH44 0HN, programmed by Roger Cliffe-Thompson with content courtesy of National Museums Liverpool (Liverpool Maritime Museum); an opportunity to meet retired seafarers and see displays and artefacts, no booking required.

Friday 28 July

All day event: Under the Volcano, 70 Years On: A Malcolm Lowry Conference, Liverpool John Moores University, Brownlow Hill, Liverpool, L3 5UG Booking here: https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/conferences/malcolm-lowry-conference

2.30 – 4.00pm: The Leaving of Liverpool (as above)

8.30 – 10.00pm: The Lighthouse Invites the Storm (electric), performed by Jeff Young, Martin Heslop and Jack Roberts. Bluecoat. School Lane, Liverpool L1 3BX, 0151 702 5324 , free to the public, numbers limited, booking link: https://uk.patronbase.com/_Bluecoat/Productions/4SR/Performances

Saturday 29 July

All day event: Under the Volcano, 70 Years On: A Malcolm Lowry Conference (as above)

2.30 – 4.00pm: The Leaving of Liverpool (as above)

7.00 – 8.00pm: The Lighthouse Invites the Storm (acoustic), Mariners Park Care Home, Royden Ave, Wallasey CH44 0HN 0151 702 5324, free to public, numbers limited, booking link: https://uk.patronbase.com/_Bluecoat/Productions/4SR/Performances

Monday 17 – Sunday 30 July

Day of the Dead, free download mix by Balam Ronan, Alan Dunn and Phil Legard.

 

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Horny Handed Tons of Soil

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The city is alive. Wandering the streets, The Child, The Poet and Death trace memories and map dreams onto a landscape shifting under the spell of time.

Inspired by the eclectic work of Adrian Henri in the 50th anniversary year of The Mersey Sound, ‘Horny Handed Tons of Soil’ fuses beat poetry with folk song; electronic composition with live brass and percussion; documentary film with theatrical storytelling.

Extract performed live on Front Row on Radio 4:

 

Book Tickets here: https://www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk/whats-on/hornyhanded-tons-of-soil.html

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