Below is info about an event that I am very excited to be currently writing some music for . I have asked Diamanda Galás- esque Natalie Sharp to be MEDEA . See below for more information about Claire Pollard who has made a new translation of Ovid’s Heroides. It’s turning into a mini opera a la Robert Ashley/ Terry Riley / Marc Almond. WELL WORTH A LOOK . !!
You can buy tickets here
We’re delighted to be part of this year’s Wonder Women, Manchester’s annual feminist festival, running 3-13 March 2016.
Brighter Sound presents original live music and discussion as part of Written in the Margins, an after hours event at Manchester Jewish Museum.
We’ve put together a panel of journalists and musicians, chaired by BBC’s Stuart Maconie, discussing how gender has become a genre and the impact of written media on female representation and stereotyping. Celebrated panellists include Vanessa Reed (CEO PRS for Music Foundation), Laura Snapes (freelance culture writer Pitchfork, NME, The Guardian) Chris Long (BBC Manchester Introducing) and Roxanne Du Bastion (independent singer and songwriter).
Hear acclaimed poet Clare Pollard‘s new free verse translation of Ovid’s Heroines, a 20BC poem written in the voices of women from Greek and Roman myth. Pollard rediscovers the work for the 21st Century, bringing to life a cast of women who are brave, bitchy, sexy, horrifying, heart-breaking and surprisingly modern.
The evening will also include a chance to contribute to the Wonder Women Zine in a hands-on workshop led by Manchester based artist and creator of the Chapess Zine, Cherry Styles. This drop in workshop is the perfect introduction for beginners to the art of zine-making and all age and abilities are welcome.
We did our big harp bas jan extravaganza show yesterday and that’s it from me. This is us post show (L-R Sarah Anderson, Jenny Moore, Serafina Steer . AKA BAS JAN )
Thanks everyone that came down.. And to the composers of the harp pieces (Rhodri Davies, Richard Barratt, my father Maxwell Steer, Mr Britten and Stephen Dodgson)
Remember and also want to buy Sat Nav (Itunes here ) so we can be number 1.
I am just singing a bit with Lone Taxidermist at Sebright Arms on Monday something about a drooling wizard.. Come.
Serafina Steer harp music
Programme to include:
Richard Barratt tendril (for harp and electronics)
Britten Suite for harp
MM Steer Grovelly Wood
Rhodri Davies Aqcua Alta
Songs by the performer
Serafina Steer bass guitar, keyboards, vocals
Sarah Anderson violin, OP1, vocals
Jenny Moore drums, vocals
The hitherto independent worlds of contemporary harp music and experimental kraut-pop will collide – or at least bump eachother – in this concert of two halves by harpist/songwriter Serafina Steer and her new band Bas Jan.
After a few years of mainly only using the harp for her own writings, Steer went on a roadtrip around Eastern Europe busking, discovering and rediscovering pieces along the way. The result of this experience will form the first half of the programme.
Meanwhile, Bas Jan were born. Bas Jan are Steer’s latest collaborative project with sound artist Sarah Anderson and performance visual artist Jenny Moore. Their first gig was to 6,000 people Brixton Academy and since then they have gone on to entertain smaller and smaller audiences. Minimally arranged songs by Steer about the Essex coast, the Anglo Saxons, sex, part-time work, love of course. They have supported Xylouris White (ATP) and The Decemberists (Rough Trade).
Steer’s last album The Moths Are Real came out in 2012 on Stolen Recordings. It was produced by Jarvis Cocker and was Rough Trade’s album of the month.
Click here to see and listen on LOBF website.
AcH here it is.
By Jessica Goodman.
Combining luscious harmonies, searing solos, and stuttering syths, Bas Jan‘s debut single could just as easily fit in with any of the past three decades as it does with this one.
Part driving folk, part haunting piano ballad, part dance pop, and part rock goddess slide solo, “Sat Nav” should, for all intents and purposes, be a car crash. But in the hands of Serafina Steer, Sarah Anderson, and Jenny Moore, the venture is entirely enchanting.
Echoing vocals paint a very real picture of passing surroundings, carried on the pace of bubbling keys and toe tapping rhythms. One by one the elements take complete control, but never once overpower, showing different facets and capabilites of the whole.
“Sat Nav” might not reveal Bas Jan’s intended destination, but when their first steps included a show in front of 6000 people, it certainly shows they’re bound towards bolder and brighter things.
“Sat Nav” is released via Whipped Cream Records on 11 December.
So we have been busy!
Our Xmas single was played on Radio X by John Kennedy you can listen here
I am very pleased to announce my first harp recital in about a million years. I shall be performing music by Rhodri Davies, Richard Abbott, my father Michael Maxwell Steer, Benjamin Britten and Stephen Dodgson and then (costume change) Bas Jan will take the stage for the second half. Should be a good night. please book early tickets so it’s not so expensive (£9.50 if you get in early otherwise a ferocious £12.50)