SICC productions, the not-for-profit sister company of award-winning arts producers Curated Place, has been successful in securing Creative Europe funding to develop and deliver a two-year series of international artist’s residencies through their new project NATUR: North Atlantic Tales. The project is instigated as part of the European Union’s Year of Cultural Heritage and will build on the organisation’s work connecting Nordic Artists with the UK by creatively exploring the shared stories, culture and heritage between towns and cities linked by the North Atlantic and North Sea.
Jack White and his new work "Islands (Ynysoedd)" written for and in collaboration with the South Iceland Chamber Choir gets a very nice nod in the latest exhibition to hit the Google Cultural Institute "New Voices in Contemporary British Music".
His work through our Collaborative Compositions programme sees him recognised as "New Voice who has made the most of effective collaboration" amongst a roster of incredibly impressive peers. We intend to have more where that came from throughout 2014 as we extend the programme to Norway, Sweden, Iceland and the UK with Collaborative Compositions 2014.
Hitting the road for the Faroe Islands
Last week we took Jack White to Iceland for the final time before the World Premiere of his work "Islands (Ynysoedd)" alongside the World Premiere of Sir John Tavener's "Three Shakespeare Sonnets" at Southwark Cathedral.
The choir were selected personally by Tavener to premiere his new work and have spent the whole summer working with Jack to make his vision a reality. As part of the concert they are also premiering a programme of new works from Icelandic composers including Smári Ólafsson, Bára Grímsdóttir, Örlygur Benediktsson, Snorri Hallgrímsson, Vala Gestsdóttir and Sigur Ros' own Kjartan Sveinsson.
The choir were kind enough to let us listen in on their rehearsal of one of his works - Heimaey - a blissful excerpt of which you can hear, up there...
Four days into his residency with the South Iceland Chamber Choir Jack White's been gathering inspiration from the landscape of the "Golden Circle". The tourist route through the national park takes in Gullfoss - one of Iceland's biggest waterfalls, Geysir - the first geyser ever mentioned in print, and Þingvellir - the home of the oldest parliamentary democracy in the world as well as the meeting point of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates.
Yesterday he headed further inland to meet up with artist and musician Páll Guðmundsson in Húsafell - the artist behind the Tavener portrait he's kindly allowed us to use for the concert and the inventor of the Steinharpa (Stone Harp) which Páll has played for Sigur Ros and an instrument that may make an appearance in Jack's piece for the choir...we shall have to wait and see...
You can hear the Stone Harp in an earlier post to the blog.