Hackney Showroom festival of cultural activism asks: ‘Can protest be joyful?’

Originally posted at Hackney Gazette:

image.jpgCo-director of Hackney Showroom, Sam Curtis Lindsay, talks to Zoe Paskett about their second anniversary and a festival celebrating joyful protest.

So far, 2017 has been a year of protest: against Donald Trump, abortion bans, controversial speakers at universities, violence towards women, immigration – whichever side you fall on, the public are more engaged than they have been in recent years.

While some protests have been violent and some peaceful, many people are now trying to figure out how they would like to utilise their freshly galvanised political passion. “Can joy or beauty be ways of protesting rather than everything being painful or angry all the time?”…

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On International Women’s Day – Meet Ruthless Jabiru

Originally posted at Artisan Accounts:

As part of our endeavor to support International Women’s Day we begged some of our most inspiring female clients to contribute a blog, here Kelly Lovelady from the inimitable Ruthless Jabiru explores change and power.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that ye olde worlde of conducting is overwhelmingly male. The pride and prejudice of the orchestral podium is, to collate the many confounded observations I’ve collected over the years, a beaming anomaly even to those with little or no concert-going experience.

Gender biases in so-called “classical” music are ultimately borne of a performance ritual which reveres and respects its own history so deeply that it continues to perpetuate the quirks of concert culture as it stood in its infancy almost 200 years ago…

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Ruthless Jabiru to feature at Joy & Dissent

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Ruthless Jabiru will give the closing performance of Joy & Dissent: a new festival of cultural Activism at Hackney Showroom this Spring.
Tickets: hackneyshowroom.com/fuel
Press release: relevantnow.com/stories/sneakbee/XEJ3NCF0klY

Julia Wolfe Fuel
Michael Cryne Slipstream (World premiere)
Cat Hope Pure
Gloria Coates Lamentation: Homage to Supply Belcher (1750-1836) from Symphony No.14 “Symphony in Microtones”
Osvaldo Golijov Last Round

Artwashing is the greater failure

It is with regret that we have been forced to withdraw our performance Fuel from Tempting Failure 2016 due to a late change in circumstances in the funding of the project. This development was unrelated to our commitment to fossil-free culture through this programme, and has no bearing whatsoever on the heroic originality of the festival nor the strength and support of our Partners.

It is exactly these sorts of disappointments in the unstable financing of the arts sector which tempt us to push the ethics of our process down the agenda, but even in the context of public funding cuts it is crucial for arts organisations to decide independently and openly: what funding are we prepared to accept? What should we refuse? What are we happy for our funding to do in the world?

It is our responsibility as artists to examine the humanity and the democracy of our time, and to mirror in ourselves the truth and justice we seek through our creative work. Thanks to everyone for your interest in this project and in Ruthless Jabiru’s continuing vision.

Michael Cryne: ‘Slipstream’ world premiere

Originally posted at Composers Edition:

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Monday, July 25, 2016 will see the world premiere of Michael Cryne‘s ‘Slipstream’ performed by the London chamber orchestra Ruthless Jabiru as part of the Tempting Failure festival in London.

‘Slipstream’ was written for all-Australian string orchestra Ruthless Jabiru as part of Sound and Music’s Portfolio Scheme. The piece is based on the sculpture created by Richard Wilson for Heathrow Airport in 2014. ‘Slipstream’ is inspired by the exhilarating potential of flight, coupled with the physical aesthetics of aircraft. Constructed in aluminium, the piece aimed to solidify the twisting velocity of a stunt plane manoeuvring through the volume of the new terminal. I aimed to capture this dynamism musically; energetic lines twist and turn with a constant sense of energy…

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Ruthless Jabiru to perform at Tempting Failure 2016

Ruthless Jabiru has been announced as a core act of radical performance festival Tempting Failure in a co-production with Art Not Oil this July.
Press release: relevantnow.com/stories/sneakbee/697

Julia Wolfe Fuel
Michael Cryne Slipstream (World premiere)
Cat Hope Pure (World premiere)
Gloria Coates Lamentation: Homage to Supply Belcher (1750-1836) from Symphony No.14 “Symphony in Microtones”
Osvaldo Golijov Last Round

AusDay in the Apartment

Ruthless Jabiru will take to the West End next week as a headline act of this year’s AusDay in the Apartment. Part cabaret, part chat show, the orchestra will perform ahead of its forthcoming project On Reflection: a Concert for Peter Sculthorpe.
Tickets: artstheatrewestend.co.uk/whats-on/ausday-in-the-apartment

Chris Williams Advance Australia Fair
Peter Sculthorpe I. Deciso from Third Sonata for Strings “Jabiru Dreaming”

Continuing donations

Thanks to everyone who contributed to our Australian Cultural Fund campaign On Reflection: a Concert for Peter Sculthorpe. We raised $2,844 from across the UK, Australia, US, Canada, Europe and the Middle East and many of you have written to say you still want to add your support, which is possible year-round through Ruthless Jabiru’s dedicated Paypal account.
Paypal: paypal.me/ruthlessjabiru

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Announcing Ruthless Jabiru’s new Patron

We are happy to announce that composer, violist and conductor Brett Dean has accepted our invitation to succeed Peter Sculthorpe as Ruthless Jabiru’s honorary Patron.
Press release: relevantnow.com/stories/sneakbee/390