As part of our 25th anniversary celebrations, Hull Jazz Festival have commissioned two brand new pieces from Stuart McCallum and Hull’s own Revenu.
Revenu: An audio-visual work inspired by the shapes and sounds of the City of Hull, the piece is a haunting and vivid soundscape that draws on the city’s historical heritage and contemporary culture.
Performed with a variety of electronic and acoustic instruments, combining experimental and ambient elements with evocative melodies, the piece aspires to capture the essence of Hull through a live performance of original music embroidered with everyday sounds of the city.
The visual counterpart, which will be projected throughout the performance, explores Hull over the course of a day, telling the story of the city through the things that are everywhere and overlooked: the familiar seen from an unfamiliar perspective.
Music by Liam Van Rijn and Joseph Bird
Film by Joseph Bird
Stuart McCallum: Stuart McCallum‘s music has always thrived in that beautiful space where genres blur.
From jazz beginnings to DJ culture, his music is ‘alternative jazz’ – a distillation of influences, creating a sound that is concentrated and distinctive. Not wanting to hide behind over complicated harmonic and rhythmical structures, angular and forgettable melodies, Stuart’s music is a new hybrid of composition, production and performance. It embraces simple, memorable melodies, bass lines and drum beats, with electronica and improvisation enriched by elegant orchestral writing.
Stuart’s commission is a love song to the guitar. It will be informed by a growing relationship with the University of Hull and their research into ambisonics, developing new techniques in 3D surround sound that open up a world of sonic possibilities.
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