Propellor, a 12-piece cross-genre collective debuts their new work Loom to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Birmingham’s canal network, mixing field recordings, shared stories, free improvisation, folk, experimental electronica, baroque and contemporary classical music, alongside special guest artists the Birmingham Community Gospel Choir.
Propellor brings together soloists, writers and ensemble players from backgrounds as diverse as the English Baroque Soloists, amplified ensemble Decibel, folk septet The Fair Rain (The Old Dance School), The Harborough Collective, CHROMA, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, improvisers from The Destroyers and Glowrogues, electro-acoustic experimentalists from Hidden Orchestra and collaborators with Ensemble 360, Britten Sinfonia and the Manchester Camerata.
Jack McNeill has been developing this project on the Open Space residency programme at Snape Maltings in Suffolk.The piece carries the imprint and identity of where it is performed. New field recordings and interviews from the local area and people are woven into the piece after short in-situ residencies. Mapping out the watercourse backwards from the sea to the sky, the music "twists and turns through different sound worlds" (Aidan O'Rourke, mentor for the project). It aims to encourage new audiences to experience sounds and a journey that wants to break down the expectations of genre, to get to the heart of why people are drawn to shared live experiences and stories. The premiere of Loom was at the inaugural Festival of New, Snape Maltings.