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

Originally posted at Hackney Gazette:

Template.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?” asks Sam Curtis Lindsay.
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On International Women’s Day – Meet Ruthless Jabiru

Originally posted at Artisan Accounts:

Template.jpgAs 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 | Fuel

Originally posted at Hackney Showroom:

9 April |  Showroom Big Space  |  7pm  |  £16

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

Ruthless Jabiru joins forces with Art Not Oil in a major performance event calling for London’s cultural organisations to go fossil funds free. Devised and conducted by Kelly Lovelady, Ruthless Jabiru will perform an industrial meditation around fuel dependency and its ramifications for the soul of our world.

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Ruthless Jabiru to feature at Joy & Dissent

Originally posted at RelevantNow :

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London chamber orchestra Ruthless Jabiru will deliver the closing performance of Joy & Dissent: a festival of cultural Activism at Hackney Showroom from 27 March to 09 April 2017.

Ruthless Jabiru will join forces with Art Not Oil in a major performance event on 09 April calling for London’s artists and cultural organisations to aspire to an oil-free cultural sector by signing the fossil funds free commitment.

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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.

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

Egidija Medekšaité “Sandhi Prakash” (Junction of Day and Night)

Egidija Medekšaité Sandhi Prakash for 16 strings (2013)
Developed for Ruthless Jabiru through the Sound and Music Portfolio composer scheme
Performed by Ruthless Jabiru, Kelly Lovelady conductor
Live recording of world premiere
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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”

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

From Ruthless Jabiru: Postcards from the New World – Eugene Birman

Originally posted at The Sampler:

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Much like two distant branches of a very large family, Australia and the United States (the latter, in which I grew up) don’t know enough about each other – at least, when it comes to their continually emerging classical music traditions, they don’t. As the British Empire’s more distant outposts, historically speaking, and both defined just as much by their Anglo-Saxon origins as their burgeoning immigrant communities, the two nations’ cultural identities developed in parallel: similar objectives, yet rarely meeting.

The most superficial and common discourse on the nations’ cultural life takes up exactly such questions but rarely discusses the cultural identity of the continents before the arrival of Western Europe colonists, yet it is exactly this “native” identity that is primary in understanding where we – and they – are all going, and where we are coming from. At least, it is these Continue reading