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NMS and Drake Music Scotland -Ars Digitalis

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Join NMS & DMS for this workshop and concert exploring digital instruments and the enhancement they provide to disabled musicians.

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The workshop is in conjunction with the Drake Music Scotland and Hebrides concert concert. There are a range of ticket options available for atttending the workshop and the option to purchase a ticket for the workshop only or the workshop and concert.

Workshop date: Thursday 13 January 2021

Concert date: Saturday 12 February at 7.30pm

The advancement of digital instruments has seen the potential of music progress further and further, managing to match the capabilities of acoustic instruments, but also having the innate flexibility to achieve things which is simply impossible for acoustic instruments. At the same time, the potential of digital instruments is not only reserved to musical experiments but help give disabled people a new avenue in which they can creatively engage with music, thanks in part to the potential for accessibility and bespoke shaping to fit the needs of each individual artist.

Drake Music Scotland in collaboration with the Disabled Artist Network and New Music Scotland are offering a specialised workshop which not only explore the physical capabilities of these new inquisitive instruments, but also consider the wider implications for disabled artists across the board. This is an ideal session for those who already explore digital instruments, who work with disabled people, are disabled, or eager to explore this new field and make new discoveries.

The session will have the follow access support:

  • The workshop will be blended, so you can view in person or in the comfort of your home (online Zoom link will be emailed to you in advance)
  • The workshop will be captioned and audio-described

If you any other access requirements, do not hesitate to contact us, and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Ben Lunn is a composer and conductor who has used his music-making to address many issues within the arts for working class and disabled people. He is the founder of the Disabled Artist Network, an organisation to promote and support disabled artists. He is also the chair of the North Lanarkshire Trades Council, member of the Musician’s Union’s Equalities Committee, and a member of the TUC’s Disabled Worker’s Committee. He has delivered lectures internationally, including Fordham University, IRCAM, Amsterdam Conservatoire, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, and the Mozarteum Salzburg. He also contributed a chapter to the new Policy Press book ‘Lived Experience of Ableism in Academia’. Ben is also the Classical Music writer for the people’s daily – The Morning Star.

Pete Sparkes was appointed as Artistic Director in December 2009. He joined the team at Drake Music Scotland as a freelance associate musician in 2005, leading projects in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Stirling. In 2007 he was appointed as Education & Training Officer and spent a busy few years training teachers and musicians to use music technology in a variety of different settings. He is completely convinced that making music is fun, good for us in many ways, and we should be doing more of it – all of us! He was Education Officer of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra from 2002-2005. As a freelance project leader he has led creative projects with many different participant groups for various organisations including: Drake Music Scotland, Scottish Book Trust, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Artlink Central, and Jessie’s Fund.

Drake Music Scotland Founded in Scotland in 1997, our vision is to transform people’s lives through the power of music. We play a lead role in making Scotland a place where ground-breaking new music featuring skilled musicians and composers with disabilities comes alive for everyone. We reshape the definition of musicians, musical instruments and ensembles, building momentum as the country’s centre of expertise in inclusive music technologies and as an innovator on the international stage.

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Organiser New Music Scotland

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New Music Scotland is a network of artists, ensembles, orchestras, composers, creators, music educators, sound artists, musicians, producers, promoters and anyone who believes in the importance and value of creating new music in Scotland. We are a cooperative that exists to connect, enable and support makers of innovative and experimental new music and our members help drive how we do that.

We believe that new music comes from many different cultural traditions and musical practices; what brings us all together is our passion for and belief in the intrinsic value of new music creation for individuals and society as a whole.

New music practices can include (but are not limited to): Acoustic Ecology / Avant-garde music / Co-improvisation / Contemporary chamber music / Contemporary opera / Contemporary orchestral music / Contemporary vocal and choral music / Computer music / Electroacoustic music / Electronica Experimental music / Experimental world music / Experimental folk music / Free improvisation / Invented instruments / Microtonal music / Musique actuelle / Radio art / Sound art / Uncategorisable musical practices.

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