CURRENT COMMISSIONS & PROJECTS 2018-19
THE WAPPING PROJECT
2019 – 2020 – COMMISSION
“Composer and performer Laura Cannell is currently working on a new music album within our former home, the Wapping Hydraulic Power Station. This is our final project in response to the iconic building that defined our commissioning for over twenty years. We are saying farewell and taking its unique resonance with us in Laura’s music and our hearts.”
THE SKY UNTUNED – Solo Project
October 2018 – April 2019
Funded by Developing Your Creative Practice Arts Council England
THE SKY UNTUNED – Tour
Supported by PRSF Women Make Music
IMMIX ENSEMBLE present: INTONE by Laura Cannell and Ella Finer
at TATE Liverpool
Premiere Performance of a New Commission INTONE 30th November 2018
NEW RESONANCES – The Whitechapel Gallery
Performance 13th October 2018
Commissioned by New Resonances
Worlds Within Walls – Internal Music – 3 short new works
Programmed by Theatr Mundi
THE UNTUNING OF THE SKY PART I & II
Performance September 2018
York Mediale Festival
MAKING HER MARK – Mairead McClean
Original Compositions for part of Mairead’s incredible short film
The Wapping Project – 2018
Laura Cannell’s Modern Ritual is on tour in April, May and June 2018. An assembled collective of musicians and writers respond to what the concept Modern Ritual means to them through words and music.
[Modern Ritual] (website) – is a night of new performances exploring ideas of ritual through music and words, evoking real and fictional landscapes. Charles Hayward (This Heat, TINTH) performs his 30 MINUTE SNARE DRUM ROLL, medieval experimentalist performer/composer Laura Cannell plays newly composed works playing two recorders simultaneously and deconstructing her violin bow to create otherworldly soundscapes, Hoofus (aka André Bosman) an electronic composer produces music where oscillating melodies meld with distorted rhythms exploring machine and marsh.
LOMA – Large Objects Moving Air
University of the Arts London – Details
New commission & Performance for Bass Recorder
BIRDS – International Dawn Chorus Day
New Composition & live performance with birds at Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park
based on transcriptions of birdsongs in Suffolk titled ‘Antiphony of the Trees’
SoundCamp 2018 – Details at Caught by the River
Commissioned by Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
HCMF International Showcase Artist 2017 – 2019
Composition: Feathers Unfurled – 40 minute solo in 6 parts
World Premier Performance – 24th November 2017
Laura Cannell + BBC Philharmonic + Ex-Easter Island Head
Commissioned by Samarbeta
Composition for 30 minute Collaborative Performance
Performed at Salford Cathedral April 2017 – part of Sounds from the Other City Festival
Various Artists: Medium: Paranormal Field Recordings and Compositions, 1901-2017
Zuckerman Museum of Art ZMA001
Medium considers how intangible vestiges of the past haunt our contemporary world. This idea of a persistent and disruptive presence that can consciously or unconsciously impact how we think and act is ghost-like in its (dis)embodiment. Ghosts, often portrayed in literature and films as restless spirits with an agenda, communicate through sensitive souls and individuals who purport to speak to the dead—mediums. This exhibition is advanced as a kind of séance with the artists and archival material serving as bridges to an uneasy past, mystical force or liminal space. Occasionally requiring a leap of faith, the emphasis is on exploration of the unknown and the power of the mind.
“No diggin’ ’ere!” – A Short Film inspired by A Warning to the Curious
Short Film Soundtrack
Commissioned by Adam Scovell
Premiered at The British Museum 31st October 2016
Now hosted by the BFI – British Film Institute
One of TV’s most terrifying films, the M.R. James ghost story A Warning to the Curious is perfect viewing for when the evenings grow darker. Leaving the spade at home, we set off in search of the eerie East Anglian landscapes that give it its strange power.
Mythos of Violins
Beyond Borders PRS Foundation
Commissioned by AC Projects
First Performance at Counterflows Festival – Glasgow University Chapel
Then Suffolk, Aberystwyth and London’s Union Chapel.
Laura Cannell + Angharad Davies
with guests Aidan O’Rourke (Glasgow) and André Bosman (Suffolk)
Collaborative distance recording project with Rhodri Davies, Mark Fell & Peter J Evans.
Performed at Baltic 39 – Newcastle December 2015
Released on Ltd Edition 4 vinyl set 2016
Sound Re-imaginings of the Renaissance developed through free-improvisation, minimalism, reductionism and drone.
Re: Chord: Air re-imagines compositions by renaissance composers from Europe, specifically: England, Italy, Spain, Germany and The Netherlands.