Fire, live and electronic music and glass blowing

Craftspace, in partnership with mac birmingham, present a unique performance seen live for the first time in England with glass artist Carrie Fertig, composer Alistair MacDonald and percussionist Stu Brown as part of Craftspace Curates. The performance takes place at mac birmingham on 2nd and 3rd September 2016.

In this unusual collaboration Carrie Fertig makes instruments using a process of flameworking with fire. Together with premade instruments these are played by her and the musicians combined with electronic and digitally manipulated sound. Audiences experiencing the performance have described it as “mesmerizing”, “tribal”, “trance-inducing”, “spiritual” and “mystical”.

This on-going programme explores the theme of craft in an expanded field.

We want to present the audience with unexpected encounters in relation to craft. Torcher Chamber Arkestra exemplifies the inventive ways that creative practitioners are working across boundaries to devise new cultural experiences. In this instance glass blowing and traditional hand skills combine with percussion and cutting edge digital sound making. The act of making and the heat of the flame become a spectacle of theatre. – Deirdre Figueiredo MBE, Director, Craftspace

During the performance audiences may move around and after each performance the audience will have the opportunity to handle and play the instruments. On Saturday evening there will also be an informal question and answer session with the artists after the performance.

We aim to create a new intersection of craft, music, and technology. Torcher Chamber Arkestra combines fire, glass and digital manipulation of percussive glass instruments to produce a dark, theatrical audiovisual experience. Through ritualistic music and action, we take the audience to a new sonic interior between realms. – Carrie Fertig, artist

A spellbinding performance with fire, live and electronic music and glass blowing.The on-going partnership with mac birmingham is devised to encourage audiences to experience the breadth of creativity associated with contemporary craft and making through a series of commissions and events, which include live performance, film, digital media and public art.

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Carrie Fertig: Torcher Chamber Arkestra

Presented by Craftspace and mac birmingham

Friday 2nd September 7.30pm
Saturday 3rd September 2pm
(This is a relaxed family performance. All tickets £9)
Saturday 3rd September 7.30pm
(Followed by an informal question and answer session with the artists.)
Tickets £12 (Concessions & matinee £9), All ages

Part of the Craftspace Curates at mac birmingham, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, B12 9QH