Sunday, 22 June 2014

M-T at the GDIF 2014: Fanfare Le S.N.O.B.

Yesterday, we enjoyed the summer solstice with a bit of fresh air and amazing artistry at the Greenwich & Dockland International Festival 2014 (GDIF2014). Taking place in various locations around the area, the festival celebrates all that is creative – from performance art to acrobatics – whilst transforming the street and parks into mini theatres for the masses. The weather was definitely on GDIF2014’s side as the scorching sun and Mediterranean temperatures encouraged people of all types to come and enjoy the festivities by the River Thames.

We took a trip down to the Greenwich Fair strand of the event where our imaginations were captured by creative displays. Acts such as the imaginative Full Stop and Frantic thoughtfully bought the trials of metropolitan life to life through movement. However, nothing caught our attention as much as the encapsulating Fanfare Le S.N.O.B. – a fantastic French act with a futuristic take on the marching band. Dressed in elaborate costumes as ceremonial robots, Fanfare Le S.N.O.B. glided through smoke in a procession of robot fantasy, blasting through popular music as they went. With visually stunning modified instruments (including a fantastic downwards facing sousaphone and the most amazing trumpet!) their quirk was addictive as the crowd followed their tunes and unpredictable choreography with awe. The music itself was an impressive display of improvisations on Pink Floyd and Frank Zappa and was a perfect musical ending to a stimulating day!

Check out our video below for a snippet of Fanfare Le S.N.O.B mesmerising performance!

The festival continues at Greenwich today and then at the various other locations during the week, see here for more information. We definitely recommend, if you are in London, to check it out!

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Musical-Things Out and About in the LDN

It has been an epically musical-time over the last few months here at Musical-Things and unfortunately the lack of posting has reflected this. But the good news is that we are back with a vengeance and ready to share some of the musical adventures that we have been on. Here's a rundown of just a few of the events we will be blogging about in the upcoming weeks:

  • Classical music as contemporary socio-cultural practice: critical perspectives - the fascinating conference that took place at King's College London in May
  • RCM Sparks Springboard Composition Course - young composers at their very best at the Royal Albert Hall
  • Sounds Venezuela: Nucleo  - the vibrant festival that took place at the Southbank centre in May
  • London Music Awards - the star studded event that took place last week at Camden's The Roundhouse
All this plus our usual reviews, updates and sharing of all things musical. Don't miss out!