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Orchestra of the Swan (OOTS) is one of the UK’s leading professional chamber orchestras and has been based in Stratford-upon-Avon for over 20 years. We have an enviable track record of devising thrilling programmes, promoting new music and making a positive and effective contribution to the communities at the heart of our immersive residencies.

In January 2020 we embarked on a new recording project called Timelapse which explores the duality and shared soundscapes of music from across the centuries. The recording provides a place where notions of time and style have become irrelevant and features music by Rameau and Radiohead, Schubert and The Smiths, Ades and Grieg and Satie and Reich amongst others.

The work we have chosen for this project is called Sleep which uses the second movement of Vivaldi’s Autumn from The Four Seasons. The background to the piece at this point is that the intoxicated protagonist, after a day of hard-core carousing, falls into a deep sleep and experiences beautiful dreams.

We want to collaborate with creative professionals and students to produce video content to accompany the musical recordings, and are launching commissions for creative industry professionals and a student competition with cash prizes.

10 cross-genre instrumentalists/musicians will be asked to create their own improvisation using the existing string base master. We have contacted a wide variety of musicians from contrasting musical backgrounds to take part, with the aim of releasing each new interpretation of Sleep over the coming months.

1. David Gordon – jazz pianist/composer www.davidmusicgordon.com/

2. Trish Clowes – jazz sax/composer www.trishclowes.com

3. Philip Sheppard – electric cellist/film composer www.philipsheppard.com

4. Paul Sartin – oboe/folk fiddle/singer/composer www.paulsartin.co.uk

5. Yumi Kurosawa – koto/composer www.yumikuro.com

6. Shahbaz Hussain – tabla www.darbar.org

7. Jim Moray – folk/composer/singer/producer/multi instrumentalist www.jimmoray.co.uk

8. Susi Evans – Klezmer clarinetist www.susievans.com

9. Aidan O’Rourke – folk fiddle/composer – www.aidanorourke.net

10. Eduardo Garcia – bandoneon www.eduardogarcia.fr

If you want to have an idea of the feel, here are two versions of the track: David Gordon’s improvisation and the mastered strings alone version.

We are now looking for 10 conceptual video artists who will create their own visual interpretation of each recording. This will result in 10 diverse videos for digital release over a 10-week period, demonstrating creativity in lockdown. 5 videos will be selected following a competition for BCU students; we are looking to commission 5 professional videographers for the remaining 5 tracks for a fee of £500 each.

Please express your interest in participating in the project, specifying the preferred artist (or artists) track you would like to work on and providing a mood board/brief/storyboard of the video you would like to produce describing the technique/s you propose to use, emailing Vanessa Jackson (Associate Professor, School of Media at Birmingham City University) and Paolo Pezzangora (Marketing Manager of Orchestra of the Swan) by the 5th of July. Do not limit your creativity as we are looking for a variety of techniques and styles in the videos similar to the contrasting approach we have in the music. 

OOTS’ management in partnership with BCU will select 5 videographers who will be notified via email within 2 weeks. The email will contain the track you have been assigned (we will do our best to respect your choice, but we will try to spread the tracks equally among the participants).

The video should be submitted with an email to Vanessa Jackson and Paolo Pezzangora using wetransfer.com before the 31st August 2020.

Questions? Contact Paolo Pezzangora (OOTS’ Marketing Manager) marketing@orchestraoftheswan.org


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