Six music creators have been recruited for CoDi Experimental – a pathway for experimental writing / practice.
Amy Sterly, Emma Daman Thomas, Fern Thomas, Francesca Simmons, Simon Proffitt, and Stephen Black have been selected from more than 30 applicants to take part in CoDI Experimental. Guiding the artists through the process will be: Angharad Davies (violin), Rhodri Davies (harp & electronics) and Siwan Rhys (piano), who are forming an artistic collective specially for this project. The three are leading experimental artists, whose careers have embraced a range of avant-garde music, including improvisation, new methods of notation, interpreting text-&-graphic scores, live electronics and performance art.
Working from the Tŷ Cerdd archive collection, the collective will create source materials for the six composers to respond to/use during the creative process. Through a series of workshops, new works will be developed, culminating in a performance at Chapter arts centre (Cardiff) in March 2021.
Alongside a clear interest in / experience of working in experimental ways, successful practitioners will demonstrate an engagement with Welsh cultural heritage and the Welsh language. The artistic collective are all Welsh-speakers, and the pathway will be held bilingually.
Owing to the uncertainty brought by Covid-19, Tŷ Cerdd and the participants will be required to take a flexible, innovative approach to process and delivery. Initial workshops and engagement is likely to take place digitally, with the hope that in due course the activity can be located in Tŷ Cerdd’s studio at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff.
Resources sent to participants: late July
Workshops: September 2020 - February 2021
Final performance/recording: March 2021, Chapter (tbc)
Tŷ Cerdd is a PRS Foundation Talent Development Partner in association with Youth Music