Today on International Women’s Day 2021 we’re shining a light on some of the incredible new music created by women and gender minority artists on our Both Sides Now residencies and commissions over the last few years.
We’ve been fortunate enough to work with so many talented, creative and amazing women as part of the programme, from emerging to established artists, to everyone behind-the-scenes including sound engineers, photographers, visual artists and film makers.
Enjoy the music, and happy International Women’s Day!
Both Sides Now with Beth Orton
Live recordings from our very first Both Sides Now residency – a showcase of new music which contemplated dialogue and response in the process of songwriting, directed by critically acclaimed artist Beth Orton.
Both Sides Now with Shiva Feshareki
Close your eyes…take a slow deep breath in…focus on all the sounds within the space…
A live recording from our second Both Sides Now residency which saw a lineup of emerging artists explore left-field composition and the interactions between time, space and sound, directed by experimental classical composer and turntablist Shiva Feshareki.
Both Sides Now with Fatima Al Qadiri
With a focus on femme-ism and resisting through the body, eight emerging artists worked with composer, producer and conceptual artist Fatima Al Qadiri and curator and researcher Amal Khalaf to create new work inspired by the People’s History Museum’s exhibition Represent! Voices 100 Years On.
The Hexagon Experiment: We Are The Robots with Haiku Salut
Nine original tracks created by electronic dream-pop trio Haiku Salut exploring creativity in the age of robotics and artificial intelligence, in collaboration with the Robot Orchestra. Performed live at Centre for Life in Newcastle as part of The Hexagon Experiment.
The Hexagon Experiment: Making Waves
An audio adventure created by 10 young music-makers aged 13-18 as part of a residency at Sage Gateshead. Featuring cutting-edge music tech and found sounds, the project was led by electronic artists AFRODEUTSCHE, Caro C, Mandy Wigby and Vicky Clarke.
The Hexagon Experiment: Works in Progress with Anna Meredith
Led by Mercury Prize nominated composer Anna Meredith, a group of artists from across the North collaborated to create new music inspired by ideas of Micro/Macro (how innovative musical ideas can be developed by expansion of the smallest detail or deconstruction of the broadest concept). They performed live at Cobalt Studios in Newcastle in September 2019 as part of the Great Exhibition of the North.
Both Sides Now with Beth Orton
Both Sides Now ambassador Beth Orton returned to work with seven women as part of a new songwriting residency at Leeds College of Music. Their work was showcased on the opening night of Sounds Like THIS Festival in 2019.
Both Sides Now International Commission
In March 2019 two commissioned artists – Laura Campbell (UK) and Mari Sainio (Finland) – premiered new music they’d created based on the themes of unity, community and connectedness as part of our Both Sides Now International Commission. Laura also created this unique visual art that was projected onto the stage as part of the performance.
Both Sides Now with Bianca Gerald
A residency exploring themes of female empowerment, artistic identity and authenticity. Nine young music-makers from Yorkshire created new tracks under the guidance of singer-songwriter Bianca Gerald and producer Christella Litras. Watch their full performance here.
Both Sides Now: Electric Storm
Inspired by electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire, and White Noise’s 1969 seminal album An Electric Storm, participants were given special access to the Delia Derbyshire Archive held at The John Rylands Library to create their own ‘Electric Storm’. You can watch a snippet of their performance as part of Sounds Like THIS Festival 2020 here.
Both Sides Now is supported by National Lottery funding through Arts Council England, Youth Music, Help Musicians UK, PRS Foundation, GMCA and Manchester City Council.