Salida Del Sol Festival

When a group of people decide come together for a cause, the reasons for doing so are often not as obvious as one might think.

At the Salida del Sol Festival in Malga, Spain; we had musicians, organisers, and artists whose love of music germinated in a multitude of different ways.  Each with a varied past that shaped their relationship with the world and informed the way in which they worked.  

We had seasoned musicians who lapped up the prospect of making music near a beckoning Spanish beach; the thriving retiree having had the mantle of conductor thrusted upon them out of necessity; a Frenchman whose loved of music was sparked by hearing Mozart Quintets on vinyl as a boy; a fundraiser for a Cancer Foundation wishing to give back to an organisation that helped his dying sister.  

When I was invited to make this short documentary about this newly established festival in Spain, the stories I heard were not necessarily the ones I'd expected, and so the resulting film became more a portrait of the people amongst the backdrop of a festival, rather than the other way round.

The more I collaborate with artists and musicians, the more I realise that their artforms mean nothing without the lives lived to tease them into existence.  Art and music are not things that are in and of themselves, but markers of the people who do what they do, the symptoms that flair up when we tap into the thoughts and feelings that make us human.

Tinalley String Quartet Album Launch

Inspired by the beautiful watercolour/ink design on their CD cover, I created the following video for Tinalley String Quartet's latest CD launch under the Decca Label. 

I've had the pleasure of filming this group on a number of occasions and it was actually through Tinalley that I first experienced the sublime beauty of Ravel's string quartet (an excerpt of which is on this video because I'm dreadfully biased towards it, and it's on the album!).

Drip Drop Play!

This is what it looks like when you have a pair of gorgeous kids, water bowls, and super excited musicians...


Percussionist Thea Rossen, and saxophonist Jesse Deane have become frequent collaborators of mine this year.  I really enjoy working with these two, as they're incredibly hard-working, comes up with interesting ideas, and aren't afraid to experiment.  

This was a quick portrait session I did with them for their Drip Drop Play! show as part of ArtPlay's New Ideas Lab program. We got some great shots using LED panels shooting through upwards from below the water bowls, as well as another speedlite as an accent/fill light. 

It's fascinating to observe the multitude of possibilities with sounds you can create by using day to day objects (in this case water, bowls, and sticks!), as well as the joy that can come from a tactile relationship with creating such sounds. 

I guess what we classify as mundane inconsequential sounds or noise is not that far removed from actual music we choose to hear on Spotify or at a concert hall.  Perhaps the only difference is that some sort of order has been placed on these sounds, and a platform has been ascribed for them to be heard. 

Inventi Ensemble's Carnival of the Animals

'They are the musicians and audiences of the future': a sentiment by Ben and Melissa that I think sums up the importance of music education in keeping the love and the craft of classical music alive.

Having seen first hand just how much joy an education show like this can bring, I think they could be right.

There was much dancing and shimmying, genuine engagement and inquisitiveness about the music and instruments, as well as laughter and panto-style interaction. The kids absolutely loved it.

And just when you thought there couldn’t be any more excitement in the room, out came the bubble machine...

Inventi Ensemble sure knew how to hit the right notes! (ba dum tss)