‘Where are the wild ones?’


[ edited highlights from the Bridges Festival August 4th 2012 ]

Where are the wild ones?  was a two year research collaboration between Matthews and artist Laura Harrington who together explored the incredible journey of wild salmon that swim from Greenland back up the river Tyne where they were born to spawn. Working with children from three river Tyne schools and scientists from the Environment Agency North East, they used the river’s map as their narrative, sonifying its seasonal flows, fish count numbers and temperatures to make melodies, working its sounds and stories to create lyrics and ultimately the score. Enabled by coder Adam Parkinson, the enthusiasm, support and skill of the EA scientists, Callum Roberts professor of marine conservation biology, the chief helmsman of the Tynemouth RNLI and his boat, a Tyne river residency on board ~Flow Newcastle and anglers everywhere, it was an incredulous project for everyone.

Performed with the score projected as film that had been shot inside and along the river’s route throughout the year, the aim was to dive deep into the little known world of the Atlantic salmon, taking the audience underwater to discover something of the fish’s mysterious journey. Together, this electroacoustic show weaves myth with scientific data to make new music. Performed through multiple speakers with soloists, choir, live electronics and the Salmon band, the mysterious tale of mighty Prudghor, ancient fish god, is revealed.


The Salmon Band are  :-  Jon Baker aka Prudghor Salmon God, voice

Robbie Langford, trombone, voice

Christo Wallers, guitar, drums, percussion, stones, voice

Laura Harrington,  harp, cornet, mbira, voice

Kaffe Matthews, 6 channel electronics, spatialisation, voice.

and the Salmon Choir.

It is anticipated that this site specific work will complete and premiere as the opera Salmo salar, a sonic story some time in the future.

Where are the wild ones?  was developed in partnership with  ISIS Arts and Environment Agency North East.  R&D  support from Arts Council England, Annette Works and Chris Watson.   ~Flow  residency and Bridges Festival performance were produced and supported by ~Flow and Newcastle Gateshead Bridges Festival.

Composed by Kaffe Matthews
Photography, film and camera work Laura Harrington

MORE http://www.kaffematthews.net/salmon/


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