Presented by Northern Lights Project in partnership with Regional Cultural Centre.
Why do we always need to blame someone when things go wrong? We have been doing it since the dawn of time, but why? What even is blame?
After a year of watching politicians scapegoating entire communities (immigrants) or setting people up to take the fall for future problems (COVID-19), and considering the role of blame in justice and forgiveness, double bass player Emma Smith and percussionist Phil Hague use music and visuals to explore this modern addiction.
Emma Smith studied double bass at the Royal College of Music where she was trained in classical double bass technique and repertoire. Building on the language of classical music, and exploring the story-telling aspect of folk music from different parts of the world, Emma has forged a career as a versatile composer, improviser and collaborator.
An advocate for gender balance in the arts, and with support from Serious/Cryptic, she produces the multi-genre series Bitches Brew, which showcases the best of female instrumental improvising talent and celebrates the increasingly diverse listening habits of people around the world.
Emma works for Musicians Without Borders
using music in post-conflict areas to ‘bridge divides, connect communities, and heal the wounds of war’, and with OCM
she explored the effect of extreme environments on our perception of time and identity, and how this is expressed through music.
Emma Smith (double bass) + Phil Hague (percussion)
Friday 27th May, 7pm