A Music Residency program.

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Elemental: New Works for 6 Voices 


March/April 2018




Caustic Coastal, Unit 2 Regent Trading Estate, Oldfield Road, M5 4DE



The 11th Samarbeta residency saw us host esteemed musician Nancy Elizabeth, working in a new venue; Caustic Coastal on Regents Trading estate.



After a decade or more of developing an increasingly complicated relationship to music and the music industry, Elizabeth decided to strip things back to basics – to do away with stage plans, tech specs and complicated electronics. To exist with 6 wonderful singers for a week and create.



Entities Elemental;  Nancy and the signers used the acoustics of their location (an industrial refrigeration unit) to present the voice. The culminating sold out performance of the residency was performed in pitch black darkness, so the power of the voice was the only focus, which meant the voice encompassed all the senses.



The 5 performers that joined Nancy Elizabeth on the 11th Samarbera residency were; Jo Price, Nula Mathers, Kath Orde, Jojo Thorne and Rosie Giles.



She states;

‘Everyday, we are bombarded with messages, noise, news articles, opinions and pictures. It is a background noise which is hard to escape. This is a space to escape. In a pitch black room, 6 singers will perform new material. You will be surrounded by voices and strange noises. You will have nothing else to focus on. - ‘an aperitif for your ears’




Nancy Elizabeth - A folk singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, who releases music with Leaf Records. Elizabeth has made a name for herself as a singer-songwriter with a difference. As well as writing captivating music, she uses everything she can get her hands on in the creative process: from guitars and pianos to Celtic harps, harmoniums and dulcimers. All this is combined to make creative music with a modern edge


Supported by Youth Music and using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.





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