This piece of music was created with massive contributions from the pupils of Central Hub Brighton Primary in Lynchet Close with whom I worked extensively with in facilitating a project through Same Sky called the New Meditative Music Initiative throughout 2019 and early 2020. I recorded multiple live performances of the pupils during the sessions, whilst participants explored harmonic, melodic and rhythmic invention with creative and expressive freedom through the medium of Steel tongue drums, Mbiras, Gongs and bells. The sessions were enhanced with the addition of therapeutic and expressive lighting to explore the relationship between emotional states, light and sound. I then composed with these recordings as source material and added additional layers of electronic instruments, live performance and production to create the final piece for Awakening.
This piece is testament to collaboration across the spectrum of individual perceived ability and the magic that can happen therein.