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A bold, experimental and genre-spanning evening of new music created as part of a unique cross-European collaboration.
Taking place at Manchester’s iconic Central Library, this free one-off performance will showcase new music and visuals by Laura Campbell (UK) and Mari Sainio (Finland) who have been mentored by multi-instrumentalist and producer LoneLady.
The event will begin with an in-conversation hosted by Nemone (BBC 6 Music) featuring the three artists, where they’ll discuss their creative processes, the inspiration behind their new work and why international collaboration is more important than ever. The three will be joined by other panelists including singer-songwriter Auclair, Vanessa Reed (PRSF) and Debra King (Brighter Sound).
Campbell and Sainio were chosen by a panel of Brighter Sound and Manchester City Council’s Library staff following a public call-out across the UK and Europe in December 2018.
A Liverpool-based writer and musician, Laura Campbell creates sound and music compositions for installation and film, and was part of 90’s electronic band Mulu.
A native of Helsinki, composer and producer Mari Sainio combines classical music elements with cinematic melodies and electronic soundscapes and has previously worked with the Baltic Sea Philharmonic and Imogen Heap.
You can find about more about the artists and the commission here.
Nemone is a DJ, radio & television presenter/producer and former athlete. Having graduated from The University of Manchester in Psychology, Nemone worked as a research assistant in several psychiatric wards before working her way onto air at the then Kiss 102 in Manchester. She spent five years at BBC Radio 1 and has hosted a number of seminal events such as its Brit Awards and Mercury Music Awards coverage. She has broadcast live from the FA Cup Final, the Commonwealth Games and Glastonbury – even co-hosting with one of her heroes the late John Peel. She has since carved out a central role at BBC 6 Music – which she considers her spiritual home musically. Here she presented the daily lunchtime show until 2013 and has since been creating and presenting her own weekly electronic extravaganza on Friday nights called ‘Electric Ladyland’. Meanwhile she is a busy mum of two and is just completing her MA in Psychotherapy and Counselling at The Minster Centre. Earlier this month she headlined the Friday night at Soul Circus Festival in Gloucestershire.
Julie Campbell, A.K.A LoneLady, is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, singer and producer from Manchester, England. Inspired by British post-punk and electronic music, LoneLady has released two critically-acclaimed albums on Warp Records.
LoneLady has toured UK and Europe with festival highlights including Iceland Airwaves, Barcelona BAM and Glastonbury. All 4 singles were A-playlisted on BBC6 Music with live radio sessions recorded for Lauren Laverne and Marc Riley. In 2015 she received a Sky Arts Nomination for Best Breakthrough Artist and ‘Hinterland’ appeared in many Best Album Of 2015 lists.
Taking the urban environment as inspiration, LoneLady also creates immersive events and installations such as ‘Shutters Down!’ – an occasional clubnight appearing in unusual locations and ‘Scrub Transmissions’, a series of sound installations embedded into the fabric of the landscape.
In 2016 LoneLady was invited to become a member of Somerset House Studios, a new experimental workspace in the centre of London. In the ‘Rifle Range’, an 18th century former shooting gallery, LoneLady built a new analogue studio from scratch. Here, she wrote the bulk of her new album, which she is currently finishing.
Auclair is a singer-songwriter, musician, composer and producer whose music and sound work explores rhythm, vocal harmony and electronica, treating everyday life like new mythologies. Her versatility has lead to live film score commissions for Birds Eye View Film Festival, a live rework of cult classic Black Orpheus, participating in projects like Matthew Herbert’s Big Band Ensemble and Beck’s Song Reader Live, a live recorded collaboration with Brandt Brauer Frick for Radio 3’s Late Junction and choral arranging for a Horse Meat Disco & Deep Throat Choir project. Commissions include: a multi-sensory concert for blindfolded audience ‘The Sensory Score’; choral sound project The Swarm; site-specific musique concrète series Auclair x Laurie Nouchka; ‘In Waves’ for the Roundhouse Choir and remixes for Anna Meredith (Moshi Moshi) and Landshapes (Bella Union). Current projects include collaborations withWalls on Walls and BitterSuite.
She is a member of all-female choir Deep Throat Choir and vocal ensembles The Quorum and Blood Moon Project.
Recent awardee of the Arts Council & British Council’s Artists International Development Fund, she travelled to Rwanda to do a residency with pioneering all-female drum ensemble Ingoma Nshya, learning about their creative practice, studying traditional rhythms and collaborating on new work with the group. Being of Rwandan heritage, this experience marks a significant and exciting new stage for her as an artist as she works on her next record.
About Vanessa Reed
Since joining in 2008, Vanessa has repositioned the PRS Foundation as the UK’s most pioneering and effective funder of new music and talent development, significantly increasing support available to diverse, talented UK songwriters and composers at critical stages in their careers. She leads on partnerships and strategy and has launched an array of transformational funding programmes including the Momentum Music Fund, Women Make Music and the New Music Biennial which help music creators of all backgrounds to realise their potential. She is also founder of the international Keychange initiative which invests in female talent and raises awareness of the gender gap in the UK and across the world.
Vanessa is Chair of Sound UK Arts and on the Board of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic where she Chairs the organisation’s diversity group. Before joining the Foundation, Vanessa worked in various funding, arts and music development roles in Amsterdam, Brussels and London. In 2016 Vanessa won the music category in the Hospital Club’s 100 Awards for UK creative industry influencers. In 2017 Vanessa was awarded a Fellowship by Leeds College of Music and accepted Music Week’s Outstanding Contribution to Charity Award on behalf of the Foundation’s team and Board. In 2018, Vanesa was recognised on the BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour Power List as the 3rd most influential woman in the music industry after Beyonce and Taylor Swift.
About Debra King
Debra is an experienced creative producer and arts director with a wide ranging knowledge of music, the arts, education, culture and community participation at a local, national and international level.
Debra’s ‘s previous roles include- Director of Women in Music; ACE Music Officer: Co artistic director of the Commonwealth Games Cultural Programme; Manager of the of Australian Contemporary Arts programme across the UK and Europe; Co-director of Fkuk an international producing company; Co-producer for the Nitin Sawhney project, Aftershock.
Debra is currently the Director of Brighter Sound a cultural producer of music programmes, pioneering new ways to explore creative music with musicians, composers, artists and young people. Brighter Sound regularly commissions and produces work and provides a platform for artist’s development. The company also contributes to research and strategic development concerning music and its impact and role across learning and education on a regional and national scale.
This is the first in a series of Both Sides Now International Commissions brought to you by Brighter Sound and Manchester City Council. Both Sides Now is supported by Arts Council England, PRS Foundation, Help Musicians UK, Manchester City Council and GMCA.