“DASHANKA JUNCTION”

I have had the privilege of contributing to this story line written by Zali Krishna. It has been a brilliant experience .Check out the blog here:

http://www.iotacism.com/broadway/2013/11/

The DASHANKA series are a set on my Flickr  and Tumblr links .

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Bank Street Arts Sheffield

I am thrilled to be working with Jim Ghedi during his residency at Bank St Arts http://bankstreetarts.com/

Its safe to say we have plans…

Jim Ghedi is an experimental singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and poet based in Sheffield. Wrote and recorded 2 Ep’s ‘Archipelago’ & ‘Of Abyssinia’ and an unreleased double album titled ‘Satori’ which showcases his unique style and brings together more than twenty Sheffield musicians including members of Blood Sport, Screaming Maldini, The Purgatory Players and Oxo Foxo.

An original style, described as ‘afro folk jazz’, has developed through his exploration of African and Eastern music, classical symphonies, avant-garde folk & jazz and a passion for extreme creative self expression. A key member in two DIY art collectives within Sheffield ‘Audacious Art Experiment’ & ‘Little Mesters record confederacy’
For his residency at Bank Street Arts, Jim will work on a number of projects
  • Live art performance – what can be created when artists connect for one thing? – exploring the connection of different creative Art-forms through a wide range of performances. Incorporating live music, art, poetry & dance.
  • Shared group workshops – Focusing on individual creativity and the values of self expression within a supportive group, includes group discussions & studies on various topics & subjects, a presentation of individual work towards the group, along with Jim himself there will be a number of other fellow passionate artists invited to get involved.
  • ‘Keith How’ is a painter who has been working alongside Jim for over the past year, these two also plan to team up once again for unique events and collaborations with various artists.
  • 7 hill project – using your environment as an instrument in itself, reflecting seven different areas of sheffield.

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Video Shoot

A fantastic afternoon painting live outside in the beautiful Peaks with Jim Ghedi and his video crew. The finished work is called ” Whispers of Innocence “. There are some nice images on my Tumblr page .

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Art for Africa

Overjoyed to be able to contribute to this project

http://www.waterforafrica1.blogspot.co.uk/p/art-for-africa.html

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October / November

The heat has finally left. The conservatory welcomes each morning with atmospheric conditions. Pale grey skies pierced by cold sunlight. Clouds skim across the horizon , gulls ,rooks and jackdaws wheel and scatter in the wind .A candle burns in the hearth.The land calls . STANAGE, BLEAKLOW, MINNINGLOW, STANTON, PARSLEY HAY, HARTINGTON STATION. The frivolity of my summer works ,full of color ,life and jazz stare back at me from the walls of my studio and house. They know I’m hearing another voice . The sound of winter. CAIRN , CHAMBER , OLD PATH ,  BARROW , ALCHEMY , ANCIENT, ENTRANCE , SKY ,STRONGHOLD , FIRE , LAYER , STRONGHOLD , AIR , WATER .

My playlist is full of names such as : Tim Berne , Ketil Bjornstad , Iro Harla , Aaron Parks, Arve Henriksen.

Horizons are Low again.

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SALON OPEN

I really enjoyed SALON OPEN at the Old Lock Up Studio in Cromford. Hosted by Rachel and Clay 25 artists were able to exhibit work . My offerings were ” One Word” and “Zen Smile ” both 12×12 acrylic on canvas.1383250_240591492764905_634388458_n

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Salon Open

I am really happy to have two works included at “SALON OPEN” The Old Lock Up Studio Cromford on October 19th .Looks like being an amazing evening!

https://www.facebook.com/salonexhibition?fref=ts

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From the ” Historic Gig Guide ” blog on Blogspot

Transformational times – Music and Live Art at Bank Street Arts

Last Friday night I went to an event at Bank Street Arts, organised as part of theSensoria Festival in Sheffield.

It had been one of those magical days, end of the summer, when each sunny day is a precious gift and there’s a hint of woodsmoke and falling leaves in the air. I’d had a good day at work in Manchester, and had wandered down to Albert Square to take in the scene and get myself some street food from the Food and Drink Festival based there. My journey on the stopping train through the Hope Valley was as good as it gets. Dusk was falling over the landscape. As we pulled into Sheffield Station lights came on, lifting the darkness. I’d got talking to a travelling companion. She had her bike. The train was delayed. She was anxious about being on time for a gallery opening. At first I thought she must be heading for the same event I was, but as we talked, I found out she was heading to Snig Hill. She was performing in an anti-choir, an experimental sound accompaniment to an art show. I pointed her and her bike in the right direction as we left the station and made my way to Bank Street. A singer in an anti-choir. A summer day at the end of September. The scene was set for a special evening. Bank Street Arts has its home in some lovely interconnecting terraced houses in a part of Sheffield that has always had an air of mystery for me. I found a door and opened it. In the room in front of me were my friends Keith How and Jim Ghedi. Jim is a wonderful musician and Keith is an inspired artist. Keith brings experience and a young soul to his work. Jim brings youth and an old soul to his. Their collaboration is something very special. Their performance started on time, in a room with some of Keith’s paintings on the wall. Jim had his musical instruments and a chair in a corner, by a window. The room swiftly filled with an audience curious to see what this performance was all about. The idea of painting in response to music isn’t new. Many artists and writers work to a soundtrack in their studios. But working in direct response to a musician’s performance is an unusual and courageous experience for all concerned. The audience quickly settled into concentration, sitting on the floor or leaning against the wall. In a one hour performance there was very little movement. Everyone wanted to see what happened next. Jim’s music, incorporating his lovely voice, his guitar and saxophone, samples of conversations with meaning, filled the room and cast its spell. Keith started work on his canvases, three on the wall and one next to Jim. The two bigger canvases were painted red. Working with colour, hands and brushes, Keith painted,sometimes moving to the rhythm of the music, working across the four canvases. The painting made the music manifest. The sound became visual. Psychedelic. Synaesthetic.

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