Taking music around the world in 14 days - a CoLab interview

Around World In 14 Days

Trinity Laban students Max DeLucia, Elliot Lyte and Sophie English are back from their "Around the world in 14 days" project as part of this year's CoLab. Visiting Lisbon, Rio de Janeiro, New York City and Sydney the main aim of the three music students was to use music to connect people through social media and human interaction. The Flash spoke to Max and Sophie to find out how their trip went.

What was your collaboration about?

"Normally we collaborate on a day to day basis within the building at Trinity Laban. When you put collaboration on a global stage then you've got something that's really exciting and so we wanted to look at collaborating with the world. We're better connected than we've ever been before and aimed to test the boundaries of social media and human kindness."

Tell us about the music that you created for the project...

"We wrote and created a short film for a song called Sing with me in the hope that we could use the power of song to bring people from all walks of life together and essentially get everyone singing. We did something musically each day, including performing a gig in Brooklyn; getting the whole of Times Square in New York singing; and we performed Sing With Me live on Manly Beach as part of Australian TV show, Wake Up. We didn't travel with any instruments instead we just used what we came across including pianos, cellos etc."

How did people become involved with it?

"We received great interest from people who told us what places to visit, what sights to see, where to eat, how to get around, and so on. It was so easy to get people singing in all the different places that we visited as everyone wanted to know about it and be part of it. However when we landed back in London no one was remotely interested and we had to even pay someone to sing with us."

Was there a particular moment that stood out for you?

"The main collaboration has been with people across the world as they were fundamental in making this project happen. There is a human desire for art and paramount to this project was people enjoying music. Getting the whole of Times Square and people at the top of the Statue of Christ singing were both great experiences."

Did you find there was a connection or relationship with dance or movement throughout your journey?

"In a place like Rio, music and dance go hand in hand, as both are very much ingrained in their culture. In New York we visited a gospel church where the whole congregation were singing and dancing throughout the service. They weren't necessarily the best dancers, but it showed that there is clear connection between sound and the body."

What are your thoughts now that you're back and starting to finish your degrees?

"If someone asks me in the next ten years what my favourite time at university was, this will be it. CoLab gave us the platform to make our ideas a reality. I hope students at Trinity Laban continue to push the boundaries within CoLab as it is great opportunity and such a rarity in life to be given two weeks of creativity to play with. It's a complete miracle that we pulled everything off, and there was no better way to end four fantastic years at Trinity Laban."

What's next for this project?

"There is a window of opportunity that has opened which connects the business world with art, especially at a time when arts funds are diminishing rapidly, and this is something that we want to become more involved with to see how far it can take us."

The project was supported by STA and attracted the attention of Stephen Fry and the Huffington Post.

STA is hosting a launch night of the film on 9 April at their Victoria store. Everyone is welcome to come for an evening of live music, drink and possibly a visit from Stephen Fry.


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