We are delighted to announce support of £100,000 (for 2018 – 20) from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation for OUTLANDS, the new national experimental music touring network.  This generous funding is in addition to the support received from Arts Council England Strategic Touring Fund announced last July.

OUTLANDS will tour a programme of adventurous interdisciplinary music throughout the UK via a network of ten independent venues and creative producers in eight regions. Born out of a desire to share expertise and resources, encourage diversity and accessibility, build local audiences and to support engaging and ambitious interdisciplinary music programme across the country, the network partners will commission and tour six new music productions over two years. Running alongside will be a free interconnected participation programme which offers new experiences to audiences through workshops, open rehearsals and Q&A’s, illuminating the artistic processes within experimental music.

The first tour will be an exciting new live collaboration between internationally renowned US composer, Matana Roberts​ and British sound artist/improviser Kelly Jayne Jones. ​A very special series of sonic episodes bring together US mixed-media composer/ saxophonist Matana Roberts​ & UK improviser and flautist Kelly Jayne Jones​, two artists from disparate backgrounds, finding affinity in practices charged by fiercely personal philosophies on sound and its potential within a patchwork of genre, texture and meaning. Roberts and Jones will weave their own approaches into live collaborative works informed by deeply expressive playing, tactile electro-acoustic interplay and a broader shared politics of resistance/defiance.

At the De La Warr Pavilion on Thursday 10 May –  book here

Read the announcement on Drowned in Sound here.

“Projects like these act as the first line of resistance against a potentially myopic, monoculture and should be supported.” 

Commissioned by OUTLANDS, produced by Qu Junktions and supported by Arts Council England and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Posted by Tara Neville on Wednesday 7 February 2018