Words by Ed King / Pic by Dannie Price
On Friday 27th January, Emulsion Festival comes to Birmingham – hosting its fifth event at mac, taking over the art centre’s Theatre and various public spaces.
Events start at 4:30pm with a free to attend panel discussion in mac’s Arena Bar. Emulsion Festival V will further present a series of live music and ensemble shows, some free and some ticketed, with the last performance from the Emulsion Sinfonietta held in the mac Theatre between 9-10pm.
A full festival pass will cost £15 (with concessions available) and can be bought via the mac booking office. For direct venue information and online ticket sales, click here.
Representing more than just an annual event, Emulsion was formed by saxophonist, Trish Clowes, back in 2012. A place to celebrate musicians from both the contemporary Jazz and contemporary Classical genres, this new creative nest aimed to nurture ideas, support projects, explore platforms for performance and bring ‘together different audiences’ to ‘challenge one’s expectations’ and show them first hand ‘how exploring and listening to new music is exciting not daunting.’
Holding its first ‘mini festival’ in May 2012, at London’s listening Vortex Jazz Club, Emulsion I premiered four new compositions from Iain Ballamy (The Man Who Knew Just Enough), Luke Styles (Chasing the Nose), Rory Simmons (Charcoal Fingers and Rusty Tongues) and founder, Trish Clowes (A moment).
In the subsequent years Emulsion would evolve into wider showcases, workshops and even a four day residency at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival in 2015. New commissions have also been ‘central to Emulsion projects’, with the organisation seeing a series of new compositions become a reality across its five year tenure. For a wider list on new commissions from Emulsion, click here.
Now in 2017, Emulsion hosts its first festival event in Birmingham – bringing a day long showcase to mac, with free pop up performances from Birmingham Conservatoire students alongside ticketed events from some of today’s well respected musicians and composers.
Recipient of the 2016 BASCA British Composer Award for Contemporary Jazz Composition, Joe Cutler, will be showcasing his winning composition – Karembeu’s Guide to the Complete Defensive Midfielder. Whilst two nominees for the 2017 Arts Foundation Award for Jazz Composition appear heavily on the bill, Percy Pursglove and Chris Montague, as well as new work from renowned UK composer Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian – the inaugural composer-in-residence for the National Trust/London Symphony Orchestra’s Khadambi’s House initiative.
There will be further new work premiered from two celebrated Birmingham Conservatoire graduates, Anna Maria Olsson and Bobbie Gardener – both performed with the Emulsion Sinfonietta. Emulsion founder, Trish Clowes, will also be performing the Birmingham debut of her new album, My Iris, as part of the event.
Emulsion Festival V will be hosted by BBC Radio 3 presenter Fiona Talkington, to be nationally broadcast on the station’s Hear & Now and Jazz Now programmes.
Emulsion Sinonietta – extracts
Emulsion Festival V comes to mac on Friday 27th January – running from 4:30 to 10pm. For direct event info and online tickets sales, click here.
For more on Emulsion Festival, visit www.emulsionmusic.org
For more from Trish Clowes, visit www.trishclowes.com
For more from Tom Harrison, visit www.tomharrisonsax.com
For more from mac, including full event listing and online ticket sales, visit www.macbirmingham.co.uk