We welcome this year's mentors:
CoLab Project 116. Urban Grooves
As a part of his two-year residency at Trinity Laban, internationally acclaimed pianist, composer and producer Nik Baertsch will be working with music and dance to create a piece to be performed at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and London Jazz Festival 2017.
Megumi Masaki & Keith Hamel
CoLab Project 105. RIMS (Real-time Interactive Movement & Sound)
Award-winning pianist Megumi Masaki’s innovation and breadth of her artistic activity, dynamic temperament and “riveting and mind-expanding” performances (Fréttabladid 2013) have earned her a reputation as a leading interpreter of contemporary music. She specialises in exploring how sound, image, text and movement can be integrated in multimedia works.
Award-winning composer Keith Hamel is a professor at the UBC School of Music, an associate researcher at the Institute for Computing, Information and Cognitive Science (ICICS), a researcher at the Media and Graphics Interdisciplinary Centre (MAGIC) and Director of the Computer Music Studio at UBC.
CoLab Project 100. Solar Throat
Elaine Mitchener is a vocalist working in the area of movement art and noted for her unique melding of styles incorporating contemporary classical, gospel, jazz, sound poetry, free-improvisation and movement. She has worked with a range of leading creative artists including Irvine Arditti, Henry Grimes, Deborah Warner, Christian Marclay, Sonia Boyce, Heiner Goebbels, Tansy Davies, Phil Minton, Evan Parker, and David Toop. During CoLab, Mitchener will lead a project involving creative vocal techniques and exploring the subject of slavery and people trafficking.
CoLab Project 114. Dirty Electronics
John Richards returns to CoLab after a five- year break. He explores the idea of Dirty Electronics that focuses on shared experiences, ritual, gesture, touch and social interaction. Dirty Electronics present Loop & Line that explores the idea of the singular phrase, line - born out of human gesture - versus automated repetitive loops. Build and explore electronic instruments and create an integrated performance for movement and sound.
Nii Tagoe and Molara
CoLab Project 119. African Music Project
Currently Nii Tagoe is lead singer with Osibisa, having worked with African Headcharge, Lorraine Ayensu and Konkoma. Together with vocalist Molara they present elements of the spiritual and physical journey from ancient origins to contemporary culture, and how each enriches the other. During CoLab 2017, their project will explore how cultural art forms relate to each other melodically, historically and geographically, bursting with energising music and movement.
CoLab Project 98. Brexchange Jazz Project
Jaak Sooäär is an Estonian guitarist who has worked with all of the leading names in European Jazz including Ray Anderson, Conny Bauer, Gavin Bryars, Kent Carter, Will Calhoun, Joe Lovano, Ron McClure. He is influenced by free and improvised music and the folk music of Estonia.
CoLab Project 98. Brexchange Jazz Project
Award winning pianist and accordionist Stefan Heckel expresses artistic freedom through improvisation. His interests are jazz, Folk and alpine music teaching music and chairing the international Pop and Jazz Platform that focusses on Jazz education.
During Colab he will be working together with Jaak and TL staff to lead the Brexchange Jazz Orchestra.
Eleanor Alberga & Thomas Bowes
CoLab Project 112. Sei Solo (Six Solos)
Eleanor Alberga has established herself in the mainstream of British contemporary music and enjoys an international reputation as a composer. Her music has been performed by many leading orchestras, including the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, London Mozart Players and the Women's Philharmonic of San Francisco, and worldwide performances include Australia, South America, Canada, Europe and China. She was the first composer to be commissioned for the inaugural Festival of Women in Music.
Thomas Bowes is widely recognised as one of the UK’s most versatile and accomplished violinists – as a soloist, chamber musician, concertmaster and artistic director.
Together, they will be leading the Sei Solo project, based around Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin. Thomas Bowes will perform the entire works in one sitting, with the students participating in this project performing a composed/devised response to the work.
Theo Clinkard Company
CoLab Project 32. The Happiness Project with Ed Jessen
In just five years, choreographer, performer and stage designer, Theo Clinkard has built an international reputation for creating compelling and visually arresting dance works that explore the communicative potential of the body and the empathetic nature of dance in performance. During CoLab, he will be in residence with his group and mentoring a collaborative dance/music project at Laurie Grove.
CoLab Project 102. FEAST
Since 1999, Heidi has co directed H2DANCE with Hanna Gillgren and created work as a choreographer and designer and performer of their productions working between UK, Norway and Sweden. Their work sits in between performance and dance and can be characterised as interdisciplinary, often taking a humorous approach to serious subject matters. H2DANCE is currently touring their intergenerational project STAGING AGES, their Place Prize for Dance piece DUET - audience vote winner and their acclaimed choir work SAY SOMETHING.
Heidi currently teaches at Trinity Laban, and together with TL’s Head of Composition, Dominic Murcott, Heidi will curate the FEAST project for the final.