Mouthful presents Phoenix Voices

Date: Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September
Time: 12:15 - 17:00
Location: Across the Festival Site

170 voices celebrating 170 years of steel-working on Teesside.

Connecting communities through song is a universal cultural tradition. In times of trouble, celebration and ritual humans make and recreate songs as a way of narrating and affirming lived and imagined stories. PHOENIX VOICES will bring together people of all ages in specifically targeted Redcar communities to make new songs, re-imagine old songs, discover ways of singing and perform collective experience.

Led by Katherine Zeserson and Mouthful, the project will include vocal sampling techniques as a way of recycling musical material as well as vocal improvisation and experimentation. The process will be accessible to all comers, and result in a 20/30 minute a cappella performance to be presented twice during the Festival weekend, as well as a band of pop-up Invisible Singers drawn from the participant group who will contribute to he animation of the Festival site throughout.

Mouthful is a four piece a cappella quartet based the Northeast that’s been together for 14 years. As well as giving eclectic performances in conventional they specialise in site-specific and place-based work. All four of its members are established leading community musicians/choir leaders in their own right. Members are Dave Camlin, Sharon Durant, Bex Mather and Katherine Zeserson.

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