A festival of art, science, and music inspired by water
The ISIS Colours of Water festival took place from 12th-28th March 2013 (see the original programme here). Following the success of this event, ISIS will be releasing content on the ISIS website, in issue #58 of Science in Society, on youtube/vimeo and on DVD.
As different items become available they will be announced here
You are Water I am Water - Lotte Anker and Mark Sanders
An improvisation on the theme of water, by Jazz saxophonist Lotte Anker and percussionist Mark Sanders. The performance was recorded at the Colours of Water festival on March 22nd 2013. To buy a DVD of the entire performance, see the ISIS online store.
Poet Stephen C. Middleton, a long-time fan of Lotte Anker (saxophonist/composer and one of the leaders on the Scandinavian improvised/experimental jazz), was in attendance at You are Water, I am Water. Here is his poem with references to various previous performances by Lotte and one by Ellery Eskelin at the Vortex Jazz Club in North London.
Lotte in London
She puts a bottle in the bell of the saxophone. Ellery had his cleaning stick to blow past, but (neck swelling) didn’t know. She knows – she puts a bottle in the bell of the saxophone - & takes her own sweet time. Then they (she & percussionist / drummer Mark Sanders) are clicking & bleating in unison, until bang / blat (no visible signal), & silence. Flown in from Woodstock. Challenges – shift of time, zone, thrown like particles at Cern – trained reflexes / honed instinct. Reactions at the speed of improvisation. Beyond that velocity will take care of itself. Lotte in her own sweet time. Lotte in Copenhagen. Lotte in London.
Reflections - Earth Music Unlimited
Earth Music Unlimited improvised on the theme of water at the festival on the evening of March 21st. They are: Edward Cowie, piano; Stephen Preston, flute; Mifune Tsuji violin. The first piece, 'Reflections' is reproduced here. To buy a DVD of the entire performance, see the ISIS online store.
Raindance - Chris Lee Trio
The Chris Lee Trio performed at the festival on March 20th - the first track of the evening was Raindance, based on a painting by Li Poon, and is reproduced here. To buy a DVD of the entire performance, see the ISIS online store.
Three water workshops were held in the opening few days of the festival: Martin Chaplins Molecular Models of Water on the 16th March, Jim Oschmans Water and Energy Medicine on the 19th March and Susan Alexjanders Fluid, a Creation in Sound on March 20th.
DVD of the Waterscapes performance, by piano-led jazz trio.
World premiere of Waterscapes; a selection of music inspired by the water-themed artwork by ISIS Artists, and other water-related songs. Chris Lee piano, Joe Pettitt bass, Rod Youngs drums, Jenny Howe vocals.
(Pre-order, available June 2013). DVD of the Water Music Unlimited performance.
Water Music Unlimited Concert By Earth Music Unlimited Trio: Edward Cowie piano, Stephen Preston Baroque flute, Mifune Tsuji violin. Three classically trained musicians with a single purpose: that music and the forces of nature coalesce and blend. All are deeply concerned with a quest to find new musical forms and new forms of acoustic self-expression. A recital of mainly improvised music in which the trio intercommunicate to translate their experiences of water. Cowie also premieres two new studies for solo piano from his cycle, The Waters of Life.
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Living Rainbow H2O - Water is the means, medium and message of life, the rainbow within that mirrors the one in the sky
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Celebrating ISIS - Quantum Jazz Biology - 100 page book featuring essays and selected artwork from the 2011 ISIS event of the same name
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