Propellor is a new cross-genre ensemble with an ambitious vision. Propellor brings together soloists, writers and ensemble players from backgrounds as diverse as the English Baroque Soloists, amplified ensemble Decibel, folk septet The Fair Rain, The Harborough Collective, CHROMA, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, improvisers from The Destroyers and Glowrogues, electro-acoustic experimentalists from Hidden Orchestra and collaborators with Britten Sinfonia and Manchester Camerata.

“An ensemble who cross the worlds of folk, classical, electronic and experimental music. It twists and turns through different sound worlds, an intriguing project, I’m pleased to be part of it as a mentor and look forward to working more with them.”

– Aidan O’Rourke (LAU)

Over the last two years Jack McNeill has been developing this project and an ambitious new concert-length work with the group and mentor Aidan O’Rourke (Lau), on the Open Space residency programme at Snape Maltings in Suffolk.

Loom (n.) The slow and silent movement of water in a deep pool (Cumbria)

Propellor’s new work Loom follows a watercourse backwards from sea to sky, the sound intricately plotted on an ambisonic speaker rig which envelops the audience in the sound of the ensemble and blurs the lines and expectations of genre and performance space. Recordings of beach, pool and mountain waterways become new percussion palettes, and shared stories and field recordings are woven into the narrative. Illustrator Bethan Lumb’s emotive sketches chart a visual journey with the photography of John Beatty, projected from the ceiling onto a large circular ‘pool’ screen.

Propellor invites you come on a journey. Move, let your ears dive into the sound and if you feel like it, seek out your own way of listening in the space.

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CD 2019