Tomorrow (5 September), Inclusive Creativity’s in-house ensemble Acoustronic will partner with the Benyounes Quartet to perform Frank Lyons’ specially-commissioned piece NonZeroSum.
They will also play George Crumb’s Black Angels at East End venue Rich Mix. The next performance will take place in Dublin on 2 November at the National Concert Hall.
Inclusive Creativity is a concept devised by composer and professor Lyons of Ulster University.
It aims to assist the development of innovative instrumental technology and methodologies that allow new disabled musicians to play side-by-side with their professional counterparts.
In 2015, three partner organisations - Walled City Music, Drake Music and St. Magnus International Festival - received funding from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation to develop a pilot participatory project using ‘inclusive creativity’ as its driving principle.
The project brought together musicians and composers and to research participant-led routes into collaborative music-making.
Under the direction of professor Lyons, an ensemble of disabled and non-disabled artists met regularly to improvise and compose music together in Derry/Londonderry, using assistive music technology (AMT) and more conventional musical instruments.
This ensemble became Acoustronic, and the upcoming performances in London and Dublin are the first major concerts to have emerged from the collaboration.
Both performances have been funded by PRS Foundation, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the British Council.
For more info and tickets, please see http://www.inclusivecreativity.com/