25 April 2014
Handy compiles new work from Caroline Haines, Aaron Parker,Tom Rose, Joe Snape and Laurence Tompkins for David Bainbridge (banjo) and Laurence Tompkins (handheld electronics), presented in association with Sound and Music, in 12 extremely intimate performances spread across 4 British cities.
Each half hour performance will present Laurence Tompkins’ new piece ‘Mylar’, with a supporting piece from one of the four other burgeoning UK composers, who have written specifically in response to it.
Playing upon the associations of the banjo with wandering troubadours, both players’ kit is radically stripped down and comfortably portable, with all electronics played through small handheld speakers in contact with simple percussion, giving the sound an ‘unplugged’ presence.
With all performances housed within a battery-powered portable light installation by Dori Deng, the tour claims liminal spots en masse and hopes to provide a visceral and personal encounter for a substantial audience.
On 25 April, the HANDY tour hits Oxford at the following stops:
5.30pm: Ertegun House, 37A St Giles, Oxford, OX1 3LD
9:00pm: New College Cloisters
Performances start promptly and will take an extremely limited audience – first come, first served!
For further information about the project please visit: www.handytour.co.uk