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BOURNE DAVIS KANE premiere HELLAWELL Sound Carvings, Strange Tryst in Belfast

Piers Hellawell's PRS New Music Biennial commission: MOVING ON MUSIC present Bourne Davis Kane, including the premiere of Hellawell Sound Carvings, Strange Tryst at the MAC, Belfast on Saturday 29th March 2014 at 7.45pm. The event forms part of Moving On Music's Brilliant Corners Festival: details are at
Piers Hellawell has been collaborating with free improvisation trio Matt Bourne (piano), Steve Davis (percussion) and Dave Kane (bass) in a work whose outlines have much in common with Hellawell's 25-year-long Sound Carvings thread, but whose material occupies an experimental shared territory between the improvisational landscape of BDK and Hellawell's own music. This collaboration is one of 20 commissioned by PRS for Music's New Music Biennial in 2014.

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Call for Participation - BIG EARS

Big Ears 2015 in collaboration with The Drake Music Project Northern Ireland
March 25th – 27th 2015, Sonic Arts Research Centre
Big Ears 2015 under the theme: Designing Inclusive Interactions launches an exciting new collaboration between SARC and The Drake Music Project Northern Ireland, a charity working for over 20 years to enable musicians with physical disabilities and learning difficulties to independently compose and perform their own music through technology.
The programme will take place over 3 days within SARC, each day will focus onDesigning Inclusive Interactions:
Day 1:
Introduction to inclusive music
Different abilities
Introduction to inclusive design
Public engagement training
Day 2:
Hackday – design brief: ‘create a digital musical instrument/interaction that requires the minimum amount of physical effort but has the maximum amount of expressivity’
Teams of composers/engineers/makers will work together to design and build their own unique instruments
Day 3:
Workshops with Drake musicians
Final showcase performance 


The showcase will take place in The Sonic Lab, Sonic Arts Research Centre at 7pm on Friday 27th March, 2015 and is open to the public


Who can apply?
Students from undergraduate, masters and PhD level with relevant experience are welcome to apply. We are especially looking for applicants with backgrounds in:


Digital Musical Instrument design
Interaction design
Composition/Sound Art
Sound design
Multimedia/audio computer programming


Places are limited to 15.  
To apply: Send an introduction of yourself, including a short statement on why you would like to participate to: Koichi Samuels (
(Word limit: 200)
Application deadline: January 15th 2015.



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