It's festival season at the moment. No sooner have the last lines of Wise Words finished echoing off the Cathedral walls than Sounds New starts! Sounds New is a Contemporary Music Festival that takes place from the 2nd-9th May around a plethora of venues in the heart of Canterbury. It's been going for donkeys years, but was recently given a bit of a spit and a polish in 2011 and is now huge. 37 events in 7 days huge. That's a lot to take in.
Sidney Cooper Gallery for the launch event and a pre-view of the Cloud / Cuckooland exhibition.
Piano in the Woods residency. In May 2013 a piano was put in some private woodland near Canterbury. Each month for a year Sam Bailey has played the piano, improvising in response to the instrument's changing state. These performances have also included musicians, dancers, poets and filmmakers and the entire project has been documented by photographer Neil Sloman. It is his works that dominate the clinical white walls of the gallery, with headphones dangling enticingly next to them. Around the room there are 12 photographs and 12 audio recordings, one for each month of the year. You can listen to the audio from the piano, which, with the bleed from the Radio Daze sound trickling through your consciousness at the same time, is a truly eerie experience. You are effectively listening to the sound a piano makes as it dies (which, as a pianist, although admittedly an extremely ad-hoc one, was more upsetting for me that I had thought it would be).
The festival is running until the 9th May - you can check out the programme of events here, see them on Facebook here and also follow them on twitter here. Don't forget to use the #SoundsNew2014 to join in the online chat!
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