Drake Music: Planted Symphony

I’m always working on something I can’t talk about, and I think it’s yawnfest when musicians post about stuff like “can’t say too much yet” so I don’t usually acknowledge anything – but here is one of those things, which I can now talk about! Phew. 

So, this was complicated. While I was preparing for the huge SAGE Gateshead event, I was also in the studio recording for the new version of Drake Music’s Planted Symphony. It’s the busiest I’ve ever been, recording this and rehearsing the new show was… intense. 

For me it was a really bittersweet opportunity: Lucy Hale, the composer behind this work, had apparently long wanted to work with me and the gloves. Tragically, she passed away from COVID in 2020. It was decided that a team would be assembled to finish the work, which is when I found out about Lucy’s ambitions to work with me. It was humbling, and obviously very sad. 

This marks, I believe, the first time the MiMu Gloves have been used an ensemble instrument to play a score. Turning dots on a page into gestures and into music was not something I imagined would be possible; on piano middle C is where it always is, with gloves that’s meaningless. I had to design a whole method of playing. I’ve also never recorded remotely like this before, but it all felt very natural by the time I pressed the big red button. Recording the gloves, and pushing for the perfect take, was really fun. And really hard work.

I was small part of the puzzle, though. It was an amazing team, and Cassandra Gurling did an especially incredible job finishing the work and making the music happen. It sounds incredible, and I can’t wait for people to experience it. 

Planted Symphony will tour as an interactive experience later this year; first run is in Milton Keynes, and more dates will be announced soon. I and many others from the team will be at as many dates as possible, so it would be lovely to meet some new faces on the road x 

More details of the Milton Keynes run HERE: https://ifmiltonkeynes.org/event/drake-music?fbclid=IwAR1Le6sMfu_HFreCZobLpAV2YKll2hkkGHC-oYsYbhoxjdxYbk5lS_YG2M8

Live From The Lockdown: TONIGHT

So it’s finally happening. I’ve resisted for a little while, but tonight I will be performing live online with the gloves. I’ve taken my time on this for lots of reasons, mostly just technical ones, but it’s time to try. I’ll be doing a very short appearance, just 1 song, for the Disability Rights Action Committee in Utah, who are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the American Disability Act today. It’s not the first time I have works with an organisation in the US for an ADA celebration event; I, as many of you will remember performed at the ADI celebrations in partnership with the VSA at the Kennedy Centre in Washington DC in 2017. That’s still my biggest gig to date.

Sadly, for obvious reasons, I won’t be there. I’ll be at home, live-linked in via Zoom. I’ll be performing at 20:15 UK Time. 13:15 in Utah. Head to the Facebook page Here>>>> THIS IS A LINK <<<< to watch!

I’m weirdly more nervous about this than a regular gig… The future is weird.

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Hello Glasgow!

Just arrived in beautiful Glasgow for tomorrow night’s performance with Drake Music Scotland at Cryptic Nights. CN is a monthly event for new music at Glasgow’s Centre for Contemporary Arts.

We’re staying just down the road at CitizenM, which might be the most synthwave hotel ever. I’m watching Rocky bathed in neon. Maybe I’ll shred that Ibanez later.

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Hometown gig… finally!

Hometown gig… finally!

If you were there… I can’t thank you enough.

AND AT SYMPHONY HALL, NO LESS!

It was a foyer concert, a small deal, but it was BIRMINGHAM. WITH FRIENDS. AND FAMILY! I was a little more nervous than usual, of course. I make my living performing for strangers…

Lots of new sounding old songs, weirdly enough. I’ve never been able to play Bless This House lire, and finally, with all the toys, I can!

What a blessing.

Thank you. (Again)

KH xxx

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