To celebrate the world premiere of Ed Carter & David Cranmer’s Smoke Signals at FutureEverything 2016, we tasked a series of musicians to create unique, one-off performances in response to this haunting sonic and visual installation from 31 March – 2nd April 2016. Using Anthony Burgess’s very own piano, these evenings, held at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, were not to be missed. Listen again below to recordings by Sara Lowes, Jo Dudderidge and Harry Fausing Smith, and Jon Hering.
Sara Lowes is a musician and composer from the North East of England, currently based in Manchester UK. Lowes has worked as a touring and recording session musician and backing vocalist for acts including King Creosote, Jim Noir, Tindersticks, Jens Lekman and Daniel Johnston as well as supporting Coldplay on their European and North American tour during her 18-month stint as keyboard player and backing vocalist for Marina and the Diamonds. In 2014, Lowes was appointed as Composer in Residence at The National Graphene Institute at The University of Manchester. Commissioned by Brighter Sound Lowes worked with Dr Cinzia Casiraghi and Nobel Prize-winning Scientist Sir Kostya Novoselov to explore the commonalities between two creative processes: composition and scientific research.
Jo Dudderidge is musician, songwriter and producer in The Travelling Band and pianist for Ren Harvieu, Lissie and Jo Rose. He will be joined by multi-instrumentalist Harry Fausing Smith,a musician, composer and committed inter-disciplinarian, and member of the experimental group Pope Vivian.
Jonathan Hering is a Liverpool-based composer, performer, producer and musical director. Commissions have included Lachrymose, for 100-voice choir at Turner Contemporary, Margate 2013;Rhapsody for Clarinet and Wheelchair Basketball Team, an audio-visual work for the Bluecoat and DaDaFest 2012; and Veil of Nightshade, a site-specific work for Octopus’ Full of Noises Festival 2013 in Barrow-in-Furness; with works also performed by members of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC Philharmonic. Jonathan performs with the ensembles Ex-Easter Island Head and The Aleph, and directs the Liverpool Experimental Orchestra, a large ensemble that brings together dozens of musicians from throughout the North-West’s varied music scenes. He has performed throughout Europe and Japan and shared stages with Rhys Chatham, Mogwai, Hype Williams and Colin Stetson, and performed with Christian Wolff, Howard Skempton and Arnold Dreyblatt.